Our Complete List of Weight Loss Supplements
by J. Anderson and L. Young
Colorado State University
Approximately 50 million Americans go on a diet each year — yet
only 5 percent keep the weight they lose off. Many trying to lose weight
continually struggle to find an effective weight loss method.
Unfortunately, there is no “magic-bullet”. The only proven way to
lose weight and keep it off is by making permanent lifestyle changes.
You must eat healthier, watch portion sizes and be active.
Even if you choose to use an over-the-counter weight loss product or participate in a weight loss program, the bottom line is that you still must eat fewer calories than you burn to lose weight. When selecting a weight loss product or program, gather as much information as possible. Beware of high costs, pressure to buy special foods or pills, and fraudulent claims.
Examples of Ineffective Weight Loss Products
Diet drink powdered formulas usually are mixed with a glass of milk and are substituted for one or more meals. Many users of these shakes report feeling constantly hungry and regain the lost weight when they give up the shakes. By relying on shakes, dieters follow artificial dieting methods and avoid learning how to work food into their lives.
Many prescription diet medicines have side effects and may not work for long-term weight loss. Over-the-counter pills containing the appetite suppressant PPA (phenylpropanolamine hydrochloride) can raise blood pressure. Over-the-counter pills containing ephedra may cause serious side effects, including dizziness, increased blood pressure or heart rate, chest pain, heart attack, stroke, seizure and even death. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking action to limit and/or ban the use of PPA and ephedra in over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements.
Listof Weight Loss Products
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