According to the American Dietetic Association and the Food and Drug Administration, the only demonstrated way to lose weight is to consistently eat fewer calories than your body needs and uses. One can lose weight by reducing food intake and increasing exercise. A sensible weight loss program is one that results in a slow, steady loss of weight, about one to two pounds per week, to a proper level which the dieter can maintain permanently. Persons considering taking weight loss drugs should carefully review the possible side effects. In July 1997, the Food & Drug Administration issued an alert to physicians regarding reports of valvular heart disease in women treated for obesity with the combination of drugs known as Phen/Fen. Additional research is being conducted, and the FDA is continuing to monitor these cases. The Better Business Bureau suggests that before buying any product which makes weight loss claims or committing to any weight loss program, consumers should check with their primary care physician.
1. BBB advises consumers to research the reputation of companies offering weight-loss solutions before making a purchasing decision. For trustworthy information on weight-loss companies, consumers can access BBB Reliability ReportsTM online, free of charge, at www.bbb.org.
2. BBB advises that before taking part in any clinical trial for any purpose, consumers should visit the U.S. government's clinical trials registry Web site at: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/info/resources to make sure the trial is legitimate.
3. BBB warns that consumers should beware of claims that diet products are a "breakthrough," "secret," "exclusive," or "miraculous." These are not science-based terms used to describe safe, approved products.
4. BBB encourages consumers interested in using hypnosis to lose weight or stop smoking, to consider organizations that use professionals trained in clinical hypnotherapy - hypnosis used in the health and medical fields.
5. BBB advises consumers to research companies offering lipo-dissolve procedures carefully - check with family and friends for referrals, ask to speak with clients, and obtain BBB Reliability ReportsTM at www.bbb.org before making a purchase decision.
6. BBB warns consumers to be skeptical of self-proclaimed health advisors, fitness gurus or weight-loss specialists who sell their products by using high pressure sales tactics and limited or one-time-only offers.
7. BBB advises consumers not to rely on the promise of a refund. Promises to give your money back if you're not satisfied are only as good as the company's track record for integrity and performance.
8. BBB encourages consumers to consult with their physician, a qualified nutritionist and/or a registered dietitian before committing to a weight loss product or program.