Are OTC Weight-Loss Products Right for You?

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For the second week in a row, you find yourself looking at over-the-counter weight loss products at your favorite retailer. Since you’ve gained a few pounds this year, you’re desperate to find an effective solution to your weight woes. While scanning the numerous, expensive alternatives on the store’s shelves, you wonder if any of them would actually help you lose weight. You also worry about the safety of taking these products. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. Due to the number of Americans who are overweight or obese, the weight loss industry is huge. However, all over-the-counter weight loss products aren’t created equal.

 Over-the-Counter Weight Loss Products

Over-the-counter weight loss products can be separated from dietary supplements, as they are non-prescription drugs. Manufacturers of dietary supplements are required to ensure the safety of their offerings and provide honest claims regarding their possible benefits. Makers of non-prescription drugs must give the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, results from human trials that outline the safety and usefulness of taking their drugs at non-prescription dosages. The differences in the required research and labeling of various types of over-the-counter products make it difficult, if not impossible, for consumers to make knowledgeable, purchasing decisions.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Before buying any over-the-counter weight loss products, you should research them diligently. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is a great source to utilize. You should also consult with your physician before embarking on a new diet. This is especially necessary if you have any type of health condition 

Successful weight loss takes time. While they might help, over-the-counter weight loss treatments certainly won’t magically transform you into the size you want to be overnight. Making healthy lifestyle changes is the most effective way to drop the pounds and keep them off for life. Rather than spending your hard-earned money on over-the-counter weight loss treatments, consider scheduling a free, initial consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center near you.



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