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Weight Loss Dietary Supplements - Know What You Are Taking

Jul 2, 2008
This article will address some of the more common weight loss dietary supplements. Will they have side effects to your well being while aiding your weight loss goals ? Will they even have any affect, be it help or a hindrance? People often look for some fantastic supplement that will solve all their weight loss problem. The reality is that an over the counter dietary supplements are not a cure all and need to be used in conjunction with other weight loss methods.

Weight loss dietary supplements include a list of ingredients that include vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs and plants. The purpose of these some of these ingredients is to top up an deficiencies that the person mat have. Others may work at speeding up the metabolism so that a person burns more calories. They are generally used in conjunction with a proper diet and exercise plan. However, should you decide to use one, check that it is ok with your physician prior to use.

You will find that many of these types of supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so look at the contents of these products before you try them. Tell your doctor about them too. They are not subject to the standards that other medications must pass. Only if they are deemed by the FDA as not being suitable for human consumption would these supplements be discontinued from being sold.

As there is no government regulation as to what goes into these weight loss dietary supplements, some products may not even list all the ingredients on the label. The product Ephedra was an example of a weight loss dietary supplement that was taken off market after it was linked to caising seizures, raise blood pressure, and exacerbate depression and chronic headaches.

Since ephedra is no longer available on the market, bitter orange is being promoted, even though it hasn't shown any effect with weight loss. New research suggests that it has the same effects as ephedra did on the body. An unhealthy and unsafe weight loss dietary supplement, bitter orange has yet to be pulled from store shelves.

Chitosan and guar gum are two weight loss dietary supplements available that have been shown to be ineffective in achieving weight loss. Consumers are advised to steer clear of these products. It is not known what long term affects these supplements will have on people because they are untested and no studies have been done. No study has been done that shows either product helps people with weight loss or appetite.

Two weight loss dietary supplements that have proven effective for weight loss are St. John's Wart and green tea. Taking these supplements has shown to increase the metabolism and thus burn more calories without resorting to exercise. Of course they do not replace exercise as a means to lose weight. They are also thought to suppress appetite. The best way to use them is to combine them to a diet plan and as part of regular exercise. Green tea is available in pill form, as a patch, or as a drinkable tea.
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