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Weight Loss Supplements: Fact or Fiction?

  -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian
Whether browsing the Internet, surfing through 500 channels, or flipping through your favorite magazine (or tabloid), you’ll find them everywhere: weight loss supplements that offer quick and easy solutions to shedding unwanted pounds. Simply pop a pill, put on a patch, or tone up with the touch of a cream. Do these "cures" work, or are they more hype than help?

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular weight loss products, their claims, their risks…and why they’re NOT such a great idea.
Weight Loss Supplements
Fat Blockers
Starch Blockers
Stress, Craving, and Appetite Controllers
Body Composition Regulators
Caffeine Boosters
Topical Fat Loss Gel and Cream Ingredients
Weight loss "cures" come and go. Information on weight loss products is available from many different sources, including the organizations below. Before wasting your money, find out if the claims are fact or phony.

Information in the article was obtained from the Federal Trade Commission (1-877-FTC-HELP), US Pharmacopeia (1-800-822-8772), and (1-914-722-9149).