With so many types of weight loss products on the market today how do you choose? Consumers want to know what really works and what doesn’t? These questions need to be addressed so that those who are overweight can make a more educated decision when buying weight loss products.
Types of Weight Loss Products
There are bars and shakes, pills and patches and a long list of other types of products to choose from. Some are safe to use and others are not. You have to do a little investigating into a product before using it. Check out informational sites such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) website that can offer you insight about products and ingredients to stay away from.
Weight Loss Ingredients
When purchasing weight loss products check what type of ingredients are used. Check to see if any of the ingredients listed on the packaging match any of those the FDA has deemed unsafe to use. Warnings against certain types of weight loss drugs are listed on the FDA website and are accessible to anyone interested.
Herbal products are seeing a surge in popularity as increasingly more people are searching for more natural ways to lose weight. Many weight loss companies are adding herbs and vitamins to the ingredients in their products.
Everyone is looking for the easy way out. Many people believe that all they have to do is invest in various drugs and the weight will magically disappear. However, weight loss requires making lifestyle changes. It requires that you eat healthier foods and exercise to manage a healthy weight.
Weight loss supplements can really speed up the process and suppress your appetite to give you that extra boost you need in order to stay on track, but it has to come from you. You have to be dedicated and persistent to lose the weight and keep it off afterwards.
Misusing or overusing weight loss products can be very harmful to the body and contribute to health conditions that should be taken very seriously. Allergies to ingredients, medications you are currently taking and health conditions should all be factors in making the decision whether to use supplements or not.
Check with your doctor and do some research on your own before making any decisions about what products you will invest in. It’s your body after all and what you put in it should be a concern to you.
Revision date: June 22, 2011
Last revised: by Sebastian Scheller, MD, ScD