A lot of people have losing weight as one of the New Year’s resolution every year and many of them seek help by drinking diet supplements. However, can we rely on the claims printed on the bottles of these supplements? A survey was made and the results were far from encouraging. A lot of these diet supplements were found to not live up to expectations; instead, they caused more confusion than resolution.
According to the latest Consumer Reports, around twenty percent of people who go dieting will take weight loss supplements hoping to attain their target weight. “On the bottle they make a lot of claims”, Trisha Calvo of Consumer Reports explained. “People want something that’s going to make weight loss easier, but it’s really not out there.”
Of around the three thousand people who were surveyed by Consumer Reports about the effectiveness of their weight lose supplements, only a measly nine percent said they were satisfied with the results and hit their targets. Most didn’t get the results they expected.
“About half of the people in our survey who were taking weight loss supplements experienced some kind of side effect such as dry mouth or digestive issues, jitteriness, shaking,” Calvo continued.
It was also revealed in the survey that a quarter of weight loss supplement users had the misconception that the Food and Drug Administration had control over the safety regulations of these weight loss supplements. In reality, most of them are sold over-the-counter without doctors’ prescriptions. They are considered foods and they even have disclaimers printed on their labels that they do not have any therapeutic claims.
The FDA will only act in the event complaints are raised about any harmful effects encountered while using the supplements; otherwise, they leave them on their own, regardless of whether you lose weight or not. Also, being sold over-the-counter does not mean they are completely safe, experts warned.
Dr. Louis Aronne, a weight loss expert says, “Someone’s gotta do a study that shows that it works. Just saying that it works, just advertising that it works, that’s not enough.”
Another part of the survey disclosed that over one third of those who are on diet supplements are, at the same time, drinking prescription drugs. Taking both at the same time may be hazardous to your health. Consulting your general practitioner first will be a safer alternative.