Weight Loss Programs for Healthy Living

What Do Diet Products Contain?

diet productsAmericans want to lose weight. Celebrities successful at weight loss discuss their methods on talk shows and videos and in books. Some diets or products are ineffective but harmless. Others are quite dangerous, such as diets that emphasize one food or food group and stress that some others must be eliminated.

You may wish to try a non-prescription product for weight loss. Such products may be purchased in pharmacies or health food stores. This article will list the ingredients in some of these diet products. You will need to check the packages carefully to see what is in them.

They should not be used by children under 12. The effectiveness of the diet products is directly related to the reduction of your food intake. Since you must have a commitment to develop new eating habits, the use of the products is limited to three months as a rule. After that time, the new eating habits will allow you to stabilize at your lower weight.

Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) is found in many OTC diet tablets and long-acting capsules, as well as products for nasal congestion associated with the common cold, allergy or cough. PPA does have a long history of safe use but should be avoided by patients with a history of high blood pressure, depression, diabetes or thyroid problems unless a physician approves. Its side effects include nervousness, dizziness and sleeplessness. It may also cause headaches, nausea, ringing in the ears and elevated blood pressure.

Benzocaine is an ingredient of diet candies, gum and lozenges. It acts to deaden the nerves of the mouth, which decreases the ability to detect sweetness. The product is used just prior to eating and some do get weight loss since they lose the desire to eat much food.

At this time, only benzocaine and PPA are fully approved as over-the-counter weight loss products. However, claims are made for the following products.

Vitamins, minerals: Despite the brochures provided by health food stores, no vitamin or mineral singly or in combination has been proven to cause weight loss.

Diuretics: Some weight loss products promote the flow of urine. However, the weight loss is water rather than fat. The lost water also carries potassium, sodium and other necessary body chemicals with it. When the products are no longer taken, the water will be regained by the body and thus diuretics are ineffective.

Fiber-containing products are safe and effective for such problems as constipation. However, their role in dieting is still unproven.

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