Interesting Facts About Weight Loss

Facts About Weight Loss

We’ve seen everything from celebrity doctors, to commercials on TV promising amazing results with their diet and weight loss supplements. In 2006, a study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, mentions that the majority of people that start weight-loss programs “regain about one-third of the weight lost during the next year and are typically back to baseline in three to five years.” We all wish that we could just take a miracle pill that makes use lose weight quickly. But the question still stands: Are these natural weight loss supplements really safe and worth our hard-earned money?

Several weight loss supplements can be helpful when combined with proper dieting and regular exercise. What's important to understand from this, is that they are “helping”, not replacing diet and exercise. Natural weight loss supplements do not follow the same strict testing requirements as prescription drugs, due to the fact that they are not regulated by the FDA. Make sure to carefully read product labels and consult with your doctor before taking any weight loss products.

You can easily walk into your local market, health food store or local drugstore, and find a variety of diet and weight loss supplements. You can also purchase these supplements online if you prefer. The one thing that remains the same, regardless where you make your purchase, is that they are not regulated by the FDA. There is limited information available to the public pertaining to their effectiveness and safety. Just because the ingredients listed in these products seem safe to consume, it does not guarantee them to be safe. Some of these natural products have harmful side effects.

Herbal supplements such as bitter orange, caffeine, hoodia or forskohlii all seem like safe and natural options, right? Well… not really. Bitter orange and hoodia have been documented to have a list of possibly serious health problems. Vegetable or fruit based natural supplements are typically safer than supplements or diet pills containing harmful drugs or chemicals, even though they may also have some side effects. Some supplements help reduce fat consumption but they can also block crucial nutrient and mineral absorption necessary to the body. It’s important to remember that not all natural weight loss supplements are necessarily safe just because they are natural. Make sure to consult with your doctor before you decide to take any weight loss pills or supplements.