Why can’t we just take a pill to lose weight?
According to a recent survey, one in three American dieters has used supplements to help aid weight loss. The same study showed that most people had no idea that these supplements are unregulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and that some have serious side effects, including depression, nausea, and cardiac events.
The FDA has a long history of approving and then recalling prescription weight-loss medications. In 1947, methamphetamine was the first drug approved but was later severely restricted due to concerns about side effects. Over the decades, scores of pills have been temporarily approved, then later recalled once evidence of cardiac failure emerged. Of the weight-loss drugs that are now currently on the FDA’s list, studies clearly show that they are effective only when combined with diet and exercise. Furthermore, once usage of any pill is stopped, most of the weight returns within one year.
The bottom line is that eating less and moving more is still the safest, most effective method for losing weight and keeping it off.
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