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Losing Weight Via Those Natural Nutritional Supplements

Aug 17, 2007
Many people become overwhelmed when in the process of reviewing all the weight loss supplements that are available to them. You will find many claims, both real and false, that are attributed to natural nutritional supplements.

There are many facts to keep in mind when attempting to lose weight by way of natural nutritional supplements. Some of those facts are as follows:

Many are fairly inexpensive and can be purchased over the counter. They do not require a doctors prescription.

Some have positive effects while others do not.

Some work for some people and others do not.

The general consensus by many people is that weight loss supplements work better with a proper dieting and exercise plan. Some are safer to use than others. Many of them cannot simply cause weight loss on their own.

Although permitted to be sold, the FDA does not approve most of weight loss supplements, which is a governmental agency that monitors the safety of drug and food use. They also permit various foods and supplements to be sold by pharmacists and to prescribe by doctors. Many weight loss and other nutritional supplements require a warning, which tells the buyer that this product has not undergone extensive FDA research yet.

The most dangerous, such as the weight loss supplements that contain the ingredient Ephedra, have been banned. The reason why is because this ingredient has been known to cause near fatalities and death in people.

Many of the most commonly used weight loss supplements have been known to have major and minor side effects such as vomiting, bloating, heart trouble, seizures, and/or death. The most dangerous ones include Ephedra (already banned in most forms), Country Mallow (contains ephedra), and Bitter Orange (an ephedra substitute but could possibly cause just as much damage).

Some dietary supplements are relatively safe but do not necessarily have enough evidence to support the claim of weight loss. Some also have not been studied for a long enough period of time to know what the long term effects of them are, or cause uncomfortable or minor side effects (bloating, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, gastrointestinal problems).

The supplements that have one or more of the characteristics in described in above paragraph include the following: Guar Gum, Hoodia, Green Tea, Chronium, and Chitosan, and Conjugated Linoleic Acid.

It is likely that not everyone will have a negative experience with weight loss supplements. Not only that, but some will even swear by them, and others may not mind the minor side effects associated with some of them. If you want to take the risk, and you know enough about the particular supplement that you are using, there is a chance it could work for you.

Before attempting to use any weight loss supplement, however, just make sure you do the research on it and find out if it is safe enough for you to use. One place you can do research on various weight loss supplements is by searching the Internet. The best place to start is to look for articles on weight loss supplements at your favorite health channels.

You can also chat with your friends and ask opinions through online weight loss forums in order to gain further insight about weight loss supplements. Many weight loss supplements also have vitamins and other nutrients that are very healthy for you. The trick is to find the right combination that is also safe and effective for weight loss.

The worst place to find information about weight loss supplements is on biased websites that make extraordinary claims about rapid weight loss. Furthermore, though infomercials can get the word out about various products that can be useful to a person, these are also biased as well. Therefore, when you search for information, consider the source.

Often times you can find professionals on the Internet offering free advice for those who post questions. This is another great way to find out more about weight loss supplements. These professionals are often certified health professionals of some sort.

For best results, you may want to do research through a variety of sources. This will help you gain both the positive and negative aspects of any dietary supplements. That is true for pills, shakes, bars, and other nutritional foods also designed for weight loss. The more you know about a product before making a purchase the better.
About the Author
For several years now, Jason has been reviewing hundreds of online products and services. Many consider his reviews to be very insightful and reliable. Visit his website dietandweightlossinfo.com
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