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Weight Loss Treatments Reviewed

Friday, July 21, 2017 09:34

 What Treatment Works? What does Not?

 

Consumer Health Reports has reviewed over 100 of the top selling treatments for Weight Loss conditions and based the products on these important criterias: Effectiveness, Value, Quality, Safety, Reorder Rates, Customer Service

Consumer Health Reports has conducted research on many of the different Weight Loss treatments online and over-the-counter. Below is an overview based on the results of this research. Of the 100 Weight Loss treatments, we found only 3 products that are effective and would recommend. We have taken the confusion out of the shopping experience by narrowing your search to the elite products in the industry. Here is our researched list of products:

 

Top 3 Weight Loss Treatments

 
Ephedra   *Potential Dangerous

The battle to lose weight is often ongoing and extremely frustrating. We live in a quick moving culture, in which fast food and junk food often take the place of healthy, home cooked meals. When you are constantly on the go, it can be difficult to balance portions and measure calories and fat. It can also be tough to find the time and motivation for regular exercise.

If you are not clinically obese (defined as a Body Mass Index, or BMI, of 30 or above) your doctor will probably not prescribe weight loss medications. Instead, he or she will work with you on healthy eating and exercise plans. This is the recommended way to lose weight.

Nonetheless, many of us are searching for weight loss in a bottle. A variety of products are on the market, containing a wide range of questionable ingredients. One such ingredient is Ephedra. The active ingredient, ephedrine, is believed to slightly suppress the appetite, but no verifiable research has backed the claim that is effective for weight loss.

Ephedrine is a common ingredient in asthma medication, but is also a primary component of methamphetamine or speed. It has a range of dangerous side effects from irregular heartbeat to heart attacks and even death. It can also interact with a variety of other medications. Ephedrine has been banned in diet supplements since 2004 in the United States, but is available from importers, sometimes under the name ma-huang. It is not recommended as a weight loss aid or other supplement.

 
Guarana  

If you have been battling with your weight, you may feel frustrated and annoyed. In today’s fast moving culture, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to prepare healthy, low-fat meals and get enough exercise. Yet experts continue to agree that this is the only safe and reliable way to lose weight. Weight loss medications are rarely prescribed to those who are not clinically obese (defined as a Body Mass Index, or BMI, of 30 or above). Consequently, many people turn to herbal supplements.

Guarana is an ingredient in many energy drinks and international sodas. It is also sold as an over the counter supplement, and some people believe that guarana can suppress the appetite. It is known that the supplement stimulates brain activity and has a bit of a diuretic effect.

Guarana’s known side effects include anxiousness, elevated blood pressure and nausea. It interacts with blood thinners and may have other dangerous effects. It has not been evaluated as a weight loss aid by the Food and Drug Administration.

Because guarana’s effects are not fully understood, it is important that you discuss the product with your doctor before beginning treatment. Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medications or additional supplements if you are taking guarana.

Guarana is not approved as a weight loss supplement. However, it may have some effect as an appetite suppressant. Only your doctor can help you decide whether guarana is a safe and effective choice for you.

 
St. John's Wort  

Weight loss can be a difficult battle for many people. In today’s fast paced society, it is often hard to find time and energy to cook healthy meals and get regular exercise. Yet experts agree that this is the only safe and recommended way to lose weight. Weight loss medications are rarely prescribed to those who are not clinically obese (generally defined as a Body Mass Index, or BMI, of 30 or above). Nonetheless, we continue to search for weight loss aids.

St. John’s Wort is best known for its use as a natural antidepressant but it is sometimes included in weight loss products, primarily the herbal equivalent of phen-fen. No clinical research trials have indicated its effectiveness for weight loss, however.

The long term safety of St. John’s Wort has not been evaluated. At present, it is considered an herbal supplement and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Therefore, caution must be used when considering this product. It is known that if you take St. John’s Wort, you should avoid foods containing tyramine such as aged cheeses and wines.

St. John’s Wort is known to interact with a wide variety of prescription and over the counter medications. It can also cause dangerous side effects, particularly in those with underlying medical conditions. It is very important to talk to your doctor before considering St. John’s Wort. If you have taken the supplement, be sure to inform your doctor before beginning any other prescription, over the counter or herbal remedies.

St. John’s Wort has not been evaluated for safety or efficacy by the FDA. There is no reliable evidence that it can assist in weight loss. If you decide to try it, however, please discuss your decision with your doctor before proceeding.

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