Everyday, we’re bombarded with weight loss promises. “One pill can turn your body from this, to this.” “Drop five pounds in a week with liquid drops.” “Spray away your flabby ab muscles.”
When it comes to products touted as weight loss miracles, don’t believe the hype. From dietary supplements to the latest diet schemes, weight loss fraud is in the air, on the airwaves, and online. FDA has found more than a hundred weight loss dietary supplements that contain hidden drug ingredients.
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Some weight loss products labeled as supplements are concoctions filled with blood pressure medication, seizure medication, or drugs not approved in the U.S. Lets set the record straight Dietary supplements for weight loss are not evaluated by FDA, many make exaggerated claims, and some are even dangerous. For example, the ingredient Sibutramine, which was pulled from the prescription drug market for increased risk of heart attack and stroke has been found in weight loss products. Yet another chemical compound tucked away in some over the counter weight loss cures is a suspected cancer causing agent.
Weight loss products can even interact with other medications a consumer may take. Risking cancer, heart attacks, stroke, and dangerous side effects… Not exactly the best way to drop a few pounds. Another popular fraud making the rounds is the HCG diet plan. This plan combines drops or injections of HCG, a pregnancy hormone, with a 500 calorie a day diet. Yep – just 500 calories a day. But peep this fact– HCG has never been proven to be effective for weight loss. Not only does it not work, promoting HCG in any over-the-counter weight loss product is illegal. Know fraud when you hear it and see it. Customer testimonial? More likely to have been written by the owner’s nephew.
Is the product claimed as a new discovery or scientific breakthrough? How many true health care breakthroughs are announced only after midnight on cable TV, or only on the web? Before popping an unknown pill, or using an unproven or little known treatment, Talk to a health care professional. Don’t take the word of an actor in a lab coat. Avoid the scams. Losing weight is not easy, but it can happen with a healthy diet, proper exercise, and by listening to your doctor. Yep- the old fashioned ways.