What You Should Know
Diuretics, also known informally as water pills, are drugs that force the body to expel water and sodium from the kidneys, resulting in heavier urination. It is typically employed by physicians to remove toxins in the kidneys and lessen the stress on the arteries. It lessens the impact on the arteries because of the removal of water, and in some cases may lessen the symptoms of heart attack, kidney stones, or edema. In some cases, however, diuretics are also known to cause temporary weight loss due to the excess water expelled from the body.
Obtaining and using diuretics usually involves a trip to the local pharmacy, and many companies now sell generic versions of this drug. It is specifically prescribed to help ease certain conditions, but some use to help speed up weight loss. This is not necessarily a safe route however, and this practice is abused heavily by bulimics.
Popular diuretics include hydrochlorothiazide, metaolazone, furosemide, and eplerenone. Typical diuretics combine some of these ingredients for a more pronounced effect.
Diuretics use chemicals that stimulate the kidneys and promote water and sodium expulsion, making consumers urinate more. There are a couple of types of diuretics, which stimulate the kidneys in different ways. All of these chemicals work to expel water at faster rates, however, and the differences are negligible.
Diuretics used for weight loss purposes are not recommended by physicians because of the side effects related to it, including dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. It has similar side effects comparable to laxative abuse, and using it for extended periods of time may worsen these issues. Similar to laxative effects, weight loss experienced from diuretics result from the initial water loss, which is gained once food or drink is consumed. It may provide some weight loss, but this is only temporary and abusing this for too long may cause serious issues. Abusing diuretics is heavily documented in bulimics also, who use diuretics as a purging method.
- May cause temporary weight loss due to water loss expelled.
- Is widely available in stores, including pharmacies and retail stores.
- Is considered an unsafe and harmful way to lose weight, according to several sources including eating disorder associations.
- Is only prescribed to help ease heart or kidney issues.
- Weight loss appears to come from the water expelled after using it, and may not be legitimate weight loss.
Diuretics may cause initial water loss, but its use is heavily forbidden by several health and eating disorder associations, and abusing diuretics is actually considered eating disorder type behavior. This may help release retained water weight, but its long term use may be potentially dangerous for dieters. Seeking a safer supplement may provide more permanent results.