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Here’s What You Need To Know About Diet Pills (And Why You Should Avoid Them)

5th January 2022

5th January 2022

By Beth Shelper

Diet pills; sometimes also referred to as weight loss pills, are weight-loss inducing medications that are available as both over-the-counter treatments or through prescription-only access, depending on the type of diet pills in question. Whilst weight loss pills are available in this range of forms, their usage, effectiveness, and even safiety is regularly called into question – and the list of potential side effects that could be acquired through usage, makes them a very controversial area in the health and wellness community and with health professionals alike.

In a study published in Health Education that describes the use around diet pills in young women of college (or university) age, researchers discovered that diet pills are particularly popular (and attractive) to women of this age and status… but this doesn’t mean that it is this demographic that uses diet pills for weight loss exclusively.

How do diet pills work?

Diet pills work by the drug – frequently Phentermine, being absorbed. These pills are taken orally, and so the drug is absorbed into the gastrointestinal tract, with the drug suppressing your appetite with the aim of decreasing the amount of food required to feel satisfied.

On the other hand, other diet pills work by increasing your… frequency. To put it simply: many diet pills are quite unpleasant. AKA – you’re going to find yourself going to the toilet a lot more often than usual.

Are diet pills safe?

For starters – and this goes for all medication, never buy medication online, diet pills or otherwise. Ensure that any medication is approved and licensed (and this regulation may depend on what country you are in).

Overall, studies have shown that diet pills are heavily linked to detrimental health effects such as insomnia and anxiety, as well as addiction and even long-term illnesses related to heart health, too.

So then… what should people use?

The long answer? At Innermost, we’re always ones to encourage you to adopt natural, healthy patterns, techniques and strategies that allow you to reach your fitness goals – whether that be weight loss or otherwise. But if you are looking for a little extra something to help you reach your goals, we recommend natural supplements.

The short answer? The Tone Capsules.

The benefits of The Tone Capsules

The Tone Capsules are a specially formulated natural supplement that was designed by the team here at Innermost to really make the most of some of teh world's most effective nootropics and adaptogens.

Designed as a daily nootropic for fat loss, The Tone Capsules contain Matcha Green Tea, Capsicum, L-Theanine, Vitamin B6 and more, all to maximise your workout and get you well on your way to your desired fitness goals. One capsule at a time!

  • Naturally raises your metabolism
  • Reduces food cravings
  • Boosts your energy
  • Improves your muscle toning
  • Boosts definition
  • Simple to use
  • Convenient vegan blend
  • All natural ingredients


All in all, we understand if you have a fitness goal and are desperately trying to reach it. But as the old tale goes, slow and steady wins the race - and this is particularly true when it comes to making a change in your body (and mind, for that matter).

How can I lose weight?

If you're looking to speed up the weight loss process, don't run straight to the pharmacy (or even worse, the internet) to find the latest fad diet pill. First, consider natural ingredients and products that prioritise your health (and maximise your performance), such as The Tone Capsules, to make a real difference. 

Aside from supplements and similar, there are plenty of great ways to lose weight. Take Matcha green tea, for example.

If you're not a fan of that... from strategised weight loss routines to delicious diets and even day-to-day habits that will help you get where you want to be.


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From the Bedroom to the Gym: Is Your Sex Life Affecting Your Workout Performance?
The relationship between sex and workout performance is one that’s long been debated by scientists and fitness fanatics alike. It’s complicated and multifaceted, so answering the question of whether your sex life is affecting your training is difficult. That said, today we’re going to take a look at a variety of evidence, both academic and anecdotal, as well as several different scenarios and at least try to reduce some of the mystery around the subject. First, it helps to understand what’s actually happening to the body, both physically and psychologically, during both activities.   The Effects of Sex on the Body Sexual activity causes several changes to occur in the body:   Physical Changes That Occur During Sex During sexual activity and the lead up to it, the human body undergoes a process known as the sexual response cycle. This is the case for both males and females, though the cycle can be highly individual and may not be the same each time for each person. Describing the full sexual response cycle is beyond the scope of this article, however it consists of 4 phases: Desire Arousal Orgasm Resolution Factors such as elevated heart rate, increased blood flow and pressure and heightened muscle tension all come into play. If you’d like to read about the sexual response cycle in more detail, check out this great article from Cleveland Clinic.   Psychological Changes That Occur During Sex Several psychological changes occur both during and after sex. Most notable are the release of endorphins and oxytocin, which are associated with improved mood and a better sense of wellbeing. These are also responsible for reduced stress levels, which brings a multitude of additional benefits that are of particular interest to those of us participating in regular training and exercise. Cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress, is catabolic in high levels, meaning it can cause the breakdown of lean tissue. So, whilst it is unclear whether sex itself affects workout performance, the reduction in stress levels it may bring is definitely beneficial for preserving our results!   The Effects of Exercise and Training on the Body Exercise and training also cause the body to undergo a number of changes. These occur both during and after the physical activity. There are in fact a number of similarities in changes that happen during exercise and sex:   Physical Changes That Occur During Exercise The physical changes that happen in the body vary based on the type of exercise being undertaken, however, there are some that are common to exercise in general: Increased heart rate Increased blood flow, especially to the muscles Faster, deeper breathing due to additional oxygen needs Heightened activity within the circulatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal and endocrine systems A full summary of the changes that occur within these systems can be found here. More aerobically demanding exercise will, of course, place greater emphasis on the circulatory and respiratory systems as well as causing fat to be metabolised as an energy source. Resistance training, which often relies more heavily on the lactate and creatine phosphate energy systems, instead promotes greater muscular and endocrine (hormone) activity. Note the common physical changes between sex and exercise here, as they do crossover!   Psychological Changes That Occur During Exercise The psychological changes that occur during exercise are similar to those experienced during sexual activity and are mostly related to the release of endorphins and other ‘feelgood’ hormones. These help to regulate mood, and it is common knowledge that frequent exercise and leading an active, healthy lifestyle promotes a feeling of wellbeing.   Does Sex Affect Our Workouts? This is where things become complicated. Though extensive studies have been done on the subject, the results of these have varied massively. We must also take into account the experience of individuals, and this anecdotal evidence again has huge variance. Let’s look at both:   Sex and Training: What the Science Says Scientific studies on the relationship between sex and training are contradictory at best. There’s no denying the positive benefits of both activities, particularly from a psychological perspective, but as for the effect of sex on actual performance in the gym the results are inconclusive. A study, published in April 2021, by Kirecci, Albayrak and co. examined the effects of sexual activity of 50 men in the 24 hours prior to training on lower body strength. The study measured effects by having the men perform 3 separate squat sessions, each at the same time of day. Each of these sessions occurred after participating in or abstaining from sexual activity the night before. The men performed 5 sets of 5 repetitions of their maximum squat weight during these sessions and the difference in weight lifted was observed. The study concluded that ‘sexual intercourse within 24 hours before exercise [has a] detrimental effect on lower extremity muscle force, which suggests that restricting sexual activity before a short-term activity may be necessary.’ Aside from this study, most others found either no notable relationship between sex and athletic performance. A meta-analysis of 9 crossover studies, conducted by Zavorsky and Brooks and published on 16 September 2022, confirms this. The analysis concluded that ‘The results demonstrate that sexual activity within 30 min to 24 h before exercise does not appear to affect aerobic fitness, musculoskeletal endurance, or strength/power.’ This is perhaps more notable, because these studies incorporated different types of exercise and were not restricted purely to a strength/power based activity like squats.   Anecdotal Evidence: What About the Experiences of Real Gym Goers? The anecdotal evidence is, as expected, highly individualised. However, there tends to be a bias against the results of most studies, particularly in those participating in sports involving strength and aggression. For example, many fighters claim that they perform better when they abstain from sex in the days leading up to a contest. Similarly, bodybuilding forums are full of debate on this topic and many claim they note a significant decrease in motivation to train at maximum intensity after sexual activity. It has been hypothesised that this may be due to a downregulation in testosterone production after sex; during orgasm the mineral zinc is released in the body and this is also a precursor for natural testosterone production in the body and may, therefore, provide some reasoning as to the experience of many trainees.   Key Takeaways The relationship between sex and workout performance will always be a complicated one. The effects of one on the other in terms of physical fitness and, in particular, mental wellbeing, are clear, but when it comes to actual performance this appears to be highly individual. We’d advise doing what feels best for you but not worrying too much about it. Instead, prioritise your nutrition and make sure you’re fuelling your workouts properly. While you’re here, why not take a look at the Innermost range? We’re proud to be completely transparent about the ingredients in our products and we always ensure they’re of the highest quality. Check us out, and be sure to get in touch if you have any questions! Read more