Weight Loss Products
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Deceptive Ways to Lose Weight
Weight Loss Products
It is estimated that $12-20 million worth of phony weight loss products are purchased in America, each year. Such weight-loss products range from those that are simply ineffective to those that are extremely dangerous to your health. Here are some weight loss products that the FDA cautions against.
Unproven Weight Loss Products - Diet Patches
Diet patches, which are worn on the skin, have not been proven to be safe or effective. The FDA has seized millions of these products from manufacturers and promoters.
Unproven Weight Loss Products - Weight Loss Teas
Supposed "weight loss teas" contain strong botanical laxatives (e.g. senna, cascara sagrada) and diuretics (Rhamnus purshiana). They cause diarrhea and loss of water from the body. Diarrhea and water loss lead to the depletion of sodium and potassium and dehydration. Although weight may decrease, the loss is fluid and is only temporary. Moreover, low sodium and potassium levels may cause abnormal heartbeats and can even lead to death.
Unproven Weight Loss Products - Weight Loss Chewing Gum
There are various brands of chewing gum that supposedly help you to lose weight. Many contain a chromium compound which, it is claimed, curbs food cravings and control blood sugar levels. Other chewing gum products contain hydroxycitric acid to help make you feel full. To date, there is no evidence that either of these 'weight loss' products are effective.
Unproven Weight Loss Products - Cider Vinegar
Sellers of cider vinegar claim it has special weight loss properties. To date, there is no evidence to suggest that cider vinegar helps you to lose weight.
Unproven Weight Loss Products - Electrical Muscle Stimulators
Electrical muscle stimulators have legitimate use in physical therapy treatment. But the FDA has taken a number of these products off the market because they were promoted for weight loss and body toning. When used incorrectly, muscle stimulators can be dangerous, causing electrical shocks and burns.
Unproven Weight Loss Products - Body Wraps
"Weight loss body wraps" may be a pleasant beauty parlor experience, but they do not cause weight loss.
Unproven Weight Loss Products - Weight Loss Eyeglasses
"Appetite suppressing eyeglasses" are common eyeglasses with colored lenses that claim to project an image to the retina which dampens the desire to eat. There is no evidence these products assist weight loss.
Unproven Weight Loss Products - "Weight Loss Earrings"
"Magic weight-loss earrings" and devices custom-fitted to the purchaser's ear that purport to stimulate acupuncture points controlling hunger have not been proven effective for appetite or weight control.
Unproven Weight Loss Products - "Fat Blockers"
"Fat blockers" purport to physically absorb fat and mechanically interfere with the fat a person eats. No evidence these products help you to lose weight or fat.
Unproven Weight Loss Products - "Starch Blockers"
"Starch blockers" are products that promise to block or impede starch digestion and help you lose weight. Not only is the claim unproven, but users have complained of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pains.
Unproven Weight Loss Products - Glucomannan
Glucomannan is advertised as the "Weight Loss Secret That's Been in the Orient for Over 500 Years." There is little evidence supporting this plant root's effectiveness as a weight-loss product.
Unproven Weight Loss Products - "Stomach-fillers"
Some bulk producers or fillers, such as fiber-based products, may absorb liquid and swell in the stomach, thereby reducing hunger. Some fillers, such as guar gum, can even prove harmful, causing obstructions in the intestines, stomach, or esophagus. The FDA has taken legal action against several weight loss products containing guar gum.
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