There is no magic pill or silver bullet when it comes to weight loss – no matter what advertisers and infomercials might say. However, a new Consumer Reports survey has found that many Americans are misinformed and inevitably persuaded to purchase ineffective and potentially dangerous supplements. The report shows that based on 3,000 participants, 20 percent of respondents believed that the U.S Food and Drug Administration guarantees the safety and effectiveness of these weight-loss supplements.
Why are we falling for these misleading supplements? Because companies are now making the labels on weight loss drugs look like those on regular, over-the-counter medications. The supplemental facts appear like nutrition facts, making it increasingly more difficult for the average consumer to be able to tell the difference and make an educated decision. While the labeling may look official, the FDA actually plays no role when it comes to these supplements.
The same Consumer Reports survey found that more than a quarter of respondents had tried a weight-loss product and believed the product was safe and would help them. However, about half of those polled also said they tried a weight-loss supplement and developed at least one symptom including: rapid heart rate, jitteriness, constipation or diarrhea and dry mouth.
To make matters worse, these weight-loss products may contain drugs that are actually banned by the FDA. Because there is no regulation process, there is no real way of knowing what is in the supplements. Moreover, none of these drugs have been proven to actually help burn more fat or calories.
At Medical Metabolic Specialists, we believe in a natural and well-rounded approach to weight loss. As we stated at the beginning, there is no magic pill to help you lose weight. Genuine transformation comes from committing to a lifestyle change, following a proper diet and building an exercise program that works for you. While prescription medications may be necessary for some with unique medical situations, drugs promising to help you “Shed 50 lbs in just 5 days” are not safe. Schedule an appointment with us to begin your journey towards a happier and healthier you – without dangerous supplements.
Medical Metabolic Specialists, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is dedicated to using the latest scientific techniques to create a comprehensive, individualized. lifelong weight management program to improve your overall health.