Many individuals are choosing to use over the counter dietary supplements to treat obesity and expedite weight loss. If you are interested in exploring this option, make sure you understand all risks and side effects and consult your doctor.
There are millions of individuals in the United States who are trying to lose weight. Over 31 percent of adults are obese and about 16 percent of adolescents are considered overweight. Many try and exercise regularly while others watch what they eat.
Diet and exercise are considered the healthiest way to lose weight and can lead to a better quality of health for the individual. However there are other overweight individuals who are relying on weight loss supplements to lose weight. There are hundreds of options available.
A dietary supplement contains vitamins, minerals, herbs or amino acids. It is usually ingested in the form of a pill capsule, powder or liquid and is not supposed to necessarily take the place of a meal. Usually the name of the product with the word “supplement” is on the package. Also included on the package is the quantity of the contents, the name and place of business and the directions for usage.
The Food and Drug Administration considers these as food and not as drugs. Most drug companies must get FDA approval before introducing a drug to the market to prove that it is safe and effective. However these products do not need to be pre-approved by FDA before they can enter the market. Manufacturers however will be required by June 2010 to ensure that their products comply with current manufacturing practices and are packaged correctly and safely.
Before you choose to use this weight loss option, understand their safety and quality. There are a variety of brands in the recent years which have been pulled from the shelves for having horrible side effects, even leading to death. Before you take any, consult a doctor or other provider to ask for their advice.
You should especially contact a doctor if you plan on giving any supplement to any child. These substances can have some side effects and can negatively interact with other medications. This can make the product dangerous if they come in contact with the wrong thing. You should inform your doctor should you experience side effects if you take these weight loss products.
Doctors recommend that you should start off with the lowest dosage possible and many supplements you should only take a few times a week. Your dosage should be determined on an individual basis, depending on the condition to be treated, the severity of symptoms, and the body weight of the individual.
Usually supplements will work within hours of taking them. For people with other disorders, initial dose is at the low end of the range and increased gradually. Many people choose to take them as a way to lose weight. Most doctors claim that exercise and dietary changes are the best way to lose weight and get healthy. If you choose to use supplements, research all the potential side effects.