Weight control products are all the rage these days, but not all of the supplements on the market are safe. Many manufacturers make false claims about their weight control supplements. Many weight loss products are actually labeled for entirely different usages. Furthermore, just because a weight control product is "natural" doesn't mean it's safe.
Risks of Using Weight Loss Products
There are such a large number of weight control supplements available to day that all of the risks of each product are impossible to enumerate. Here are some of the factors that could influence the safety of any given weight control product.
- The ingredients of the product.
- Whether the product is used alone or in conjunction with other products, prescription drugs, or certain foods.
- The age and health of the person using the weight loss product.
Here are some of the dangerous situations that constitute misuse of weight loss products and could lead to serious health problems.
- Ordering prescription drugs online without the knowledge or consent of a doctor who has examined you.
- Taking several products at once, or in conjunction with other supplements or medications, without having first consulted your doctor.
- Buying products online, from unreliable sources.
- Using products "off-label" for weight loss, without a doctor's supervision.
- Assuming that a product is safe because it's "natural."
Using Weight Loss Products Safely
If you'd like to lose weight, start by talking to your doctor. Only a medical professional can advise you about a weight control product, and you should never take any weight control supplement, with or without a prescription, without first discussing it with your doctor. Even "natural" weight loss products can be dangerous; green tea, for instance, is perfectly safe to drink, but when concentrated and used for weight control, it can cause liver problems.
If you're considering trying a weight control product, tell your doctor about any other medications you're taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements, other natural health products and over the counter drugs. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or managing any chronic health conditions. Here are some further rules of thumb:
- Don't use more than one product at one time.
- Don't use any weight control product without medical supervision.
- Don't believe any advertising claims. Remember, manufacturers will say anything to sell a product.
Consider A Holistic Approach
Remember that a weight loss product alone probably can't help you lose weight. Even if the product works, there's a strong chance you're putting your health at risk. There's also a good chance you'll simply gain the weight back once you stop using the product. Most medical professionals believe that the best, and, indeed, the only healthy way to lose weight and keep it off is by implementing a total lifestyle change.
Instead of using a weight control product, lose weight through diet and exercise. With the help of your doctor, choose a diet and exercise program that you can sustain over the long term. Crash diets and weight loss fads don't work, mostly because they're unsustainable, and eventually you'll end up right back where you started.