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Diet Pills That Work Without Exercise

by
author image Jennifer Byrne
Jennifer Byrne is a freelance writer and editor specializing in topics related to health care, fitness, science and more. She attended Rutgers University. Her writing has been published by KidsHealth.org, DietBlogTalk.com, Primary Care Optometry News, and EyeWorld Magazine. She was awarded the Gold Award from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE), 2007, and the Apex Award for Publication Excellence.
Diet Pills That Work Without Exercise
Some diet pills may work temporarily without exercise, but you will likely regain the weight without also implementing a healthy lifestyle. Photo Credit Gunay Mutlu/Photodisc/Getty Images

Many diet pills claim to produce weight loss with no effort required on your part. One of the most egregious claims made by weight loss drug marketers is that they will enable you to lose weight without exercise. Although some prescription diet pills may aid in short-term weight loss without exercise for obese people, it is likely you will regain the weight without diet and exercise. Moreover, some of these medications may have serious side effects. Talk to your doctor about any potential weight loss diet you are considering.

Tenuate

Tenuate is a prescription drug intended for the short-term treatment of obesity. According to Drugs.com, it is a sympathomimetic amine, which is similar to an amphetamine. Although eMed TV cites data suggesting some benefit to tenuate in weight loss compared to placebo, the difference was not significant. EMed TV adds that the weight loss benefits of sympathomimetic amine diet pills appear to lessen after the first few weeks of use. Tenuate may have various side effects, including dizziness, blurred vision and nervousness, Drugs.com reports.

Xenical

Xenical, marketed as Orlistat or as the over-the-counter pill Alli, works by blocking a portion of the fat you consume with each meal. The fats are passed out of the body undigested in the feces. Xenical is intended for use with a low-fat diet, and you should not exceed the recommended grams of fat per meal. Eating too much fat with Xenical may lead to oily or fatty stools, fecal incontinence, and gas with discharge. Talk to your doctor about whether xenical is an appropriate choice for you.

Phentermine

Phentermine is another diet drug that acts on the central nervous system to produce short-term weight loss in obese patients, Drugs.com reports. It also acts as an appetite suppressant, and is intended for use in combination with a healthy diet. Exercise is also recommended. Because phentermine may be habit-forming, it is intended only for short-term use. Drugs.com also cautions that phentermine shouldn't be taken by people with heart disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma, a history of drug or alcohol abuse, or hyperthyroid conditions. Talk to your doctor extensively about the risks of this medication, and never share the drug with anyone other than the patient it was prescribed for.

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