Weight Loss Supplements - Do They Work?

A while back, we ran an article called The Most Popular Supplements: Do They Work? and got a great response from our readers.

While that article focused on a variety of health supplements, we've been wanting to run an article that focuses entirely on Weight Loss Supplements.

In doing our research on that article, we had to ask one simple question: Do Weight Loss Supplements Work?

And, the answer is?


The trouble is, there are a wide array of weight loss supplements on the market. From over the counter pills and drinks to prescription medication aimed at defeating obesity.

One common thread though seems to ring true. If you want to lose weight, you need to be committed to making that happen.

Most supplements will work in aiding weight loss, provided that you accompany their use with two critical companions: eating healthy, and, exercising.

In other words, there is no magic weight loss pill. Not yet, anyway. What will do the trick, though? As we recently highlighted in another article, The Secret to Losing Weight: There Is No Secret, even most diets and crash pill taking won't work:

Starvation diets are dangerous and ineffective, and even some of Keyes' extremely dedicated and closely watched volunteers cheated. Most fad diets allow even fewer calories than The Minnesota Experiment.

In addition, immediately abandon any diet that recommends consuming a lot of vitamins. Clearly, that is just another way of saying that you are not feeding yourself well.Food for thought: 66 percent of Americans eat fast food one to five times a week, and 66 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Coincidence? Perhaps. But eating out, especially at most chain restaurants, usually means consuming a huge amount of calories. Some -- say Panera Bread and Chipoltle --- have better options, but cooking even a few meals a week at home can make a big difference. And taking control of what you eat can be a wonderful feeling....In other words, if you're taking a weight loss supplement in an effor to lose weight, but aren't committed to making additional lifestyle changes, you very well may not be successful at all.What is Obesity?Overweight and obesity are defined as having a body mass index [BMI] greater than or equal to 25 and 30, respectively. In children, the BMI is based on growth charts. Being overweight and obese occur when calorie intake is consistently greater than the number of calories burned through activity and basic metabolic processes.
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