10 New Weight Loss and Diet Myths and Facts
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Over-the-counter weight loss products that are labeled "natural" or "herbal" are safe and effective.Myth or Fact: Myth
This was a gimme, right? Ephedra ring any bells? Just because you can buy something in a health food store doesn't mean it's healthy. Unless and until a product's claims have been evaluated by the FDA, you should be skeptical. And, in any event, it's worth consulting a physician before taking any drugs.
Capitalize on the facts: While there is no magic pill, there are FDA-approved diet drugs and appetite suppressants (over-the-counter and prescription) that, when taken in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet and an exercise plan, can help you lose weight. One example is Alli, an over-the-counter medication approved by the FDA, which blocks fat absorption by about 25 percent. But Alli, like all weight loss drugs, is not recommended or appropriate for all dieters. Again, before taking any drug, you should talk to your doctor.
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