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Weight Loss Supplements: Should You Use Them

It is in our nature to find easier ways to do things and when it comes to weight loss, things are not any different. This is probably the major reason why weight loss supplement manufacturers rake in huge profits. The money being spent on weight loss programs and supplements as of today in the United States amounts to over $84,391,490.

Even with so much money being poured into weight loss efforts, people still find the results of these weight loss products unsatisfactory. For healthy weight loss a balanced diet and regular exercise is essential. Relying only on short cuts such as weight loss supplements does not work and may even have adverse side effects. Here in this article we will discuss various aspects of weight loss supplements and whether you should be using them.

  • Low Effectiveness: Weight loss supplement manufacturers make unrealistic weight loss claims to entice people. However, there is actually very little evidence to support those claims. In fact, reports from MayoClinic.com say that evidence of effectiveness of weight loss supplements like chitosan, country mallow and bitter orange are insufficient. According to the report, guar gum is listed as possibly ineffective while ephedra is listed as possibly effective.
  • Heart Problems: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States issued warnings to 69 weight loss products in 2008 and 2009 citing concerns regarding the inclusion of undeclared active ingredients. Many of these weight loss products included sibutramine, a controlled substance which is known to cause palpitations, high blood pressure, rapid heart beat, stroke, heart attack and even seizures. Another active ingredient found in these products was rimonobant, which is known to increase suicidal tendencies and depression.
  • Ineffective Safety Standards: Weight loss supplements and dieting aids don’92t fall in the same category of safety regulations as other prescription drugs. Manufacturers of such products only have to produce limited evidence regarding its safety and effectiveness before these products become available to the general public. Only after the product has gone on shelves, does the FDA monitor safety issues and recalls or bans them if they turn out to be dangerous.

Now that you know the truth about weight loss supplements and aids, you can make a more informed decision whether you should opt for weight loss supplements or lose weight the healthy way through a proper diet and regular exercising

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