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Weight Loss Supplements- Some facts to know Use of non-prescription dietary supplements for weight loss is common among Americans. It is estimated that at least two thirds of adults are trying to reduce weight or preventing further weight gain. Many people are eating less fat to manage weight; some are using the recommended strategies of eating fewer calories and to increase the physical activity. Studies have been found out that individuals reported using each of the following behaviors at least once in 4 years. ď ś Decreased fat intake upto 78.7% ď ś Reduced calories upto 73.2% ď ś Increased exercise upto 82.2% It is a clear fact that individuals who are attempting to lose weight may have unrealistic expectations and if the expectations are not fulfilled they immediately give up. Data suggests that people, who are looking forward to lose weight, expect on an average at least 32% of their initial body weight even though the medical professionals recommend a weight loss of only 5-10% to tackle the obesity related complications. Ironically weight loss goals set by the individuals are based more on appearance and physical comfort than on improved health. Weight loss expectations differ from the traditional recommended weight loss programs which encourage small weight losses over time, and then the consumers immediately turn to the diet gimmicks in a hope to achieve their goals. Currently Americans are spending $33 billion annually for weight loss products and programs that do not contain any proven evidence.

Some Facts about the diet and supplements people are using: Many patients are using dietary supplements along with the diets as a means of achieving quick weight loss. According to Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA) a dietary supplement is defined as a product other than tobacco that contains a dietary ingredient and is intended to supplement the diet. These dietary ingredients include vitamins, minerals, herbs, or other botanicals, amino acids and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues and metabolites. It can come in many firms, including powder, tablet, liquid or capsule. Dietary supplement plays an important role in health promotion and the prevention of chronic disease. The prime concerns should be over their safety, dose and advertising. The DSHEA does not require pre market safety approvals for the dietary supplements.

Some manufacturers give animal studies to proof the product really works like the supplement hydroxycitrate, the active compound of Garcinia Cambogia plant but when come to human trial it doesn’t show any benefit for weight loss. However hydroxycitrate is still being promoted for weight loss. Some supplements are being described as “natural” or even “drug free”. For example Metabolife 356 is promoted as a dietary supplement but contains ephedrine and caffeine which are technically drugs but when included in the weight loss supplements termed as herbs. According to FDA ephedrine is termed as controversial and is more dangerous with caffeine. And the biggest concern related to dietary supplements is the lack of congruency between doses and forms of products used in studies and those written on the label of the supplement. Some patients choose to self-medicate with dietary supplements for reducing weight despite all the allegations. It is better to consult a health care professional before going for any sort of supplements for safety concerns. For more details about weight loss supplements you can visit to

Weight loss supplements  

Though there are many supplements for reducing weight are available in the market but only few of them work. Find out what are the various w...