The History of Diet Pills

While there is exercise and certain tricks that people have used to lose weight, the problem of wide spread obesity is relatively new and so are diet aides. The first real example of a diet pill is a drug known as DNP (short for dinitropheonl) developed in Stanford University during the early 1930s. The idea behind this drug was to increase body temperature so that the energy from food would be Buy Phentermine online expelled as heat and not stored as fat. From a weight loss perspective, it did work to an extent. However, in terms of increasing body temperature it worked too well; people began to die of very high fevers, or suffer serious injuries like blindness. There is also a small section of the population that has extreme allergic reactions to DNP. In 1938 The U.S. Office of drug control, as it was known at the time, received the right to deem drugs to dangerous for consumption and ban them from the market. DNP was one of the first to go.

There were no real advancements for about another decade, until the 1950s when doctors and chemists began tinkering with the idea of promoting weight loss through appetite suppression. It is a pretty simple concept, if you take in less calories than you use daily then you will instead use fat reserves for energy and lose weight. An appetite suppressant could help a person with little will power stay on their diet. The first generation of these types of diet pills were amphetamines. Stimulating the central nervous system will undoubtedly reduce one’s appetite, and enthusiasts of the pills claim that the extra energy helps them to exercise. These pills come with many negative effects as well. The negative effects from amphetamines include things like heart attack, hypertension, hallucination, insomnia as well as allergic reaction. Another thing to consider is the possibility of overdosing, if you do decide to take amphetamines, take them as prescribed.