Weight Loss – Empty Promises

Weight loss is a booming business in almost every country. Statistics show that Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on various products and slimming programs. Yet, 67% of the population are still obese, which increases the risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, gall bladder disease, and some types of cancer. However, it’s undeniable that many are still trying to lose weight. In 2007, 59% of Americans are trying to lose weight. But weight loss is more complicated than anyone can imagine. Health experts suggest a long-term regimen of physical exercise in conjunction to dieting. But, people will do anything to get in their desired shape the soonest time. As a result, people are now opting for the easiest, most affordable way to lose that flab, one of that is through weight loss pills.

Words like “melt away”, “no effort”, “no exercise” are few of the attention-catching claims by various diet drugs. They are common, and some of them are available over-the-counter hence, making it as the slimming method of choice for the many. Anti-obesity medications work either by suppressing the appetite, or by inhibiting the absorption of fats into the system. Its primary goal is to prevent further build-up of unwanted fats. This could sound really exciting. But as a consumer, how can you be sure that your money won’t go down the drain from false and exaggerated statements?

Weight loss is truly an area ripe for cracks and frauds, who promise more than they can deliver. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission has investigated the advertising and marketing claims of a number of diet products and programs over the last few years.

There are pills that promise excessive weight loss, such as “a pound a day”. This is overrated and extremely impossible, even if working out for the entire day until you get burnt out–unless all that causes additional weight in your body is purely fluid. And then, there’s this dietary supplement that acts as a laxative, thereby inducing bowel movements. Taking such without proper knowledge could do more harm than good. There are cases that the bowel relied too much on the laxative that the person could no longer defecate without taking the laxative. Gadgets and some medications also claim to cause weight loss from just one part of the body, such as the buttocks or abdomen. But don’t be fooled. Weight-loss drugs do not necessarily follow the same meticulous standards as prescription drugs. The point is if you have plans to take medications, it is of utmost importance to consult a specialist.

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