What You Should Know
The first, and most important thing you should know about water pills is that they are not diet pills. In fact, there is no real weight lost by utilizing water pills. The only weight loss that is experienced as a result of water pills is the loss of a few vanity pounds that may be the result of excess water. Unfortunately, even using water pills for this purpose may carry some serious health risks and is not at all advised.
There are some times when the use of water pills is recommended and they include: excessive swelling as a result of retaining water, for the treatment of high blood pressure, and to remove certain toxins from the body.
There are essentially three types of water pills: loop diuretics (which work by blocking the absorption of sodium), thiazides (which function much like loop diuretics), and the potassium-sparing variety of water pill. This water pill aids the body in keeping potassium while getting rid of sodium. Mother nature also provides a few natural diuretics that function much like water pills. Among them are: coffee, goldenrod, parsley, and juniper. You should be very careful when using these ingredients or water pills so that you do not trigger an electrolyte imbalance, low blood pressure or other problems.
List of Ingredients
Calcium carbonate, acacia, corn starch, magnesium stearate, mineral oil, talc, triacetin, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate, maltodextrin, methylene blue, stearic acid, silica, shellac, crospovidone, dicalcium phosphate, hypromellose, and microcrystalline cellulose.
Water pills may provide immediate results as far as the scale or your jeans can tell, but the results are temporary at best and could very well be dangerous when water pills are used as part of a long term strategy for keeping your weight down. Water is a heavy substance and losing a bit of water weight can feel great when you see it register on the scale, but the risks are certainly not worth the relatively small (and temporary) reward.
- Effects are almost immediate.
- Can lower blood pressure.
- May reduce swelling.
- Long term use of water pills for weight loss can cause low blood pressure.
- May cause electrolyte imbalances.
- Provides no genuine or lasting results.
- Encourages the idea of a quick fix rather than sustainable actions and results.
- Some individuals felt ill after use. (See reader comments.)
Water pills may seem like such a simple solution to small weight loss needs. The problem is that the results are not lasting and the cure can, in this case, be worse than the disease. If you are struggling with a few vanity pounds it is best to find a more sustainable course of action to attack those pounds, rather than pursuing the quick but temporary weight loss that water pills promise. All in all, the rewards are not worth the risk to your health that using these pills can create. This is simply not a weight loss solution and should never be used for that particular purpose.