Dr Oz: Water Pills For Weight Loss
Water pills are the latest medications being used for weight loss, but do they really work and are they safe? Dr Oz put two of his viewers on the pills for three days, Priscilla, age 33, and Jackie age 35. Both have struggled with excess weight and were excited to try the pills without changing their diet and exercise routines. So what happened and would they do it again?
Priscilla said her jeans fit a little looser, so she felt great at the end of the day. She lost a little over four pounds but was disappointed by how fast it came back afterware. Jackie lost three pounds but said she wouldn’t take them again because she was pretty badly dehydrated and suffered from severe dry skin.
Dr Oz: Losing Weight With Water Pills
Dr Oz then introduced Tammy who claims to have been taking water pills every day for three years, and said she’s lost 25 pounds. He was intrigued, so he took a closer look at her weight loss journey. She takes two in the morning and two in the mid-afternoon, and said she’s always going to the bathroom, but likes the weight loss she’s achieved.
Dr Oz understands why women would love water pills, but built a model of the body to explain what they do. Water pills allow for water to flow out of the body. When you stop taking the water pill, you stop losing the fluid, so it goes right back, and the amount of fat doesn’t change at all.
What’s really concerning, is that when you lose that water weight from your body, you’re also losing potassium, sodium, and nutrients that your body needs. You’re left without important abilities like proper heart function and regular heartrates. You could even get delirium or brain fog, but Tammy said she never had any of those issues, which was truly shocking.
Dr Oz: Should You Take Water Pills?
Dr Holly Phillips said the interest in water pills have a lot to do with the aggressive marketing campaigns. While technically you do achieve quick weight loss, the results are only temporary. Simply put, water pills are not the right way to achieve meaningful weight loss. Dr Oz doesn’t want people to be duped into taking water pills, saying there are better, healthier, more effective ways to achieve sustainable weight loss.
Dr Oz: Should You Drink Alkaline Water?
Dr Oz previously weighed in on the alkaline diet, which is why he then wanted to talk about alkaline water. Kimberly from his audience had been tasting the waters, and was asked to taste the difference between tap water, bottled water, and alkaline water. She said to her, they all just tasted like water. Dr Oz then explained that companies are claiming that alkaline water has a range of benefits beyond regular water.
They claim alkaline water hydrates you better than regular water. Dr James Rosser found no research to support that claim. The companies also claim that alkaline water prevents heartburn because heartburn comes from acid in the stomach, and alkaline water helps with the acid in your stomach. Dr Oz said it’s possible, but it’s not for sure. It has helped some people, so it could be worth a shot.
Third, alkaline water companies claim their product can reduce acid buildup in the body. The truth is, our body has it’s own ways of dealing with acid and alkaline, keeping the pH balanced.