New weight loss supplements and diet pills are advertised everyday by drug companies claiming to help you lose weight fast. According to a new Consumer Report, diet pills rarely work and they aren’t even FDA approved (Olsen 2014).
A national survey of about 3,000 Americans, were given supplements they believed to be safe and effective. One-fourth of the participants believed that the products had lesser side effects than over the counter or prescription medications, and about 20 percent thought the supplements were safer than prescription drugs because they’re “natural.” When we are searching for weight loss supplements, we don’t usually think about whether the product is actually FDA approved or even consult our primary care doctors for advice.
Peter Cohen, M.D., a physician at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance who studies supplements says, “The barrage of advertising leads us to think there’s a magic way to melt away 10 pounds –even when we have no evidence that the supplements work.” Unlike over the counter and prescription drugs, supplements don’t have to be proven safe and effective before they hit stores (Olsen 2014). “Of all dietary supplements, the one for weight loss seems to cause the most harm –sometimes liver failure or even death,” Cohen says.
In the survey, a third of the participants who took the supplements didn’t lose weight. Another third lost a few pounds but only 9 percent lost all the weight they wanted and kept it off. The shocking part is that the supplements had little to do with it because 85 percent of the people followed a diet or exercise program (Olsen 2014).
This Consumer Reports survey basically shows us that there is no way around diet and exercise. Research proves that the key to fat loss is finding a diet that works for you. A recent review of 48 studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that popular programs like Atkins, Jenny Craig, and Weight Watchers, all worked as well as the other. The dieters lost nearly 18 pounds after 6 months on average (Olsen 2014). Find a weight loss program like the Venus Factor for Women, that works for you and live a healthier, happier lifestyle.
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Source: Olsen, D. “Taking diet pills? Don’t waste your money.” 30 December 2014 ConsumerReports.org