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Weight Loss Supplement Risks

Some people who are seeking to quickly drop pounds will turn to weight loss pills or over the counter weight loss supplements to get the ball rolling. Taking healthy dietary supplements is considered to be a simple, sensible lifestyle change that is easy and cost-effective, however, the key word is HEALTHY. There are a variety of factors to keep in mind regarding weight loss supplements, as many of them can actually be harmful to one’s health and should be avoided.

Those who use weight loss supplements can marginally benefit from supplements when used properly along with a balanced diet and regular exercise. However, it is difficult to tell just how much someone is profiting from them in comparison to what kind of bodily harm occurs in the long run. It is also challenging to measure quantitative results that are directly contributed to weight loss solely from the supplements themselves. We ask the question, is it the supplements that are working, or is it positive lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise that prove to be the solution? The correct answer for healthy weight loss is positive lifestyle changes, diet and exercise. 

Because there is often little research done before weight loss supplements hit the shelves, the best way for companies to measure results is by responding to direct consumer feedback. There is a more significant potential for adverse side effects when direct consumer reaction determines the efficacy of a supplement. When companies introduce a new supplement, no one will know about the potential harm it might do – until it is too late.

While some of these supplements are prescription-level, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have little to no regulation over the dietary supplement industry. It is easy for these stimulants to become over the counter supplements. Weight loss supplements do not even have to be approved by these administrations before the public can purchase them. Therefore, some of these pills may come with unintended consequences which can go unforeseen until someone experiences them first hand.

Adverse Side Effects of Weight Loss Supplements or Diet Pills

Although weight loss supplements have varying degrees of potency, they all tend to serve the same purpose. Appetite suppression, fat blocking, and energy stimulation are what these pills aim to achieve. However, these intentions often come with harmful side effects that can lead to long term health issues.

Some may think the benefits associated with weight loss supplements far outweigh their adverse side effects. However, there is not enough definitive research to back that claim. One thing is for sure, the best way to maintain ideal body weight is through a well-balanced diet rich in naturally-occurring nutrients combined with a regular amount of exercise.

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