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Q. Wouldn't it be easier if I just took a diet pill to lose weight?

Perscripiton diet pills have their place in helping patients lose weight but they have several shortcomings. They can make the blood pressure go too high and the effect of the diet pills wears off after a few months. The most common problem is that if the patient does not change their lifestyle (diet and exercise), when the diet pills stop working, all the weight comes back plus a few extra pounds. If the patient then restarts the diet pills, the cycle tends to be repeated, each time causing more weight gain! This problem is sometimes called yo-yo dieting, and it is worse than just being overweight.

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