Now that summer is here, you might be enjoying an increase in fresh fruits and vegetables and better weather for exercising. Weight control is on many people's minds, and obesity or being overweight may increase the risk of many health problems, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Achieving a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and being physically active can help prevent these weight-related diseases.
There’s some emerging evidence suggesting that some mind and body approaches, such as yoga and meditation, particularly mindful eating, may be useful as complements to other weight-loss interventions.
Some people, in their efforts to lose weight, turn to unproven dietary supplements (sometimes marketed as “fat burners” or appetite suppressants), which can have harmful side effects. Here are a few things the research tells us about these supplements:
· Most dietary supplements marketed for rapid weight loss, such as acai and hoodia, don’t work for keeping weight off in the long term.
· Dietary supplements may interact with your prescription or over-the-counter medications.
· Some weight loss supplements have a lot of caffeine or herbs, such as guarana, that contain caffeine and may increase your heart rate and cause abnormal heart rhythms.
· What’s on the label may not be what’s in the bottle. Analyses of dietary supplements have found weight-loss products tainted with prescription drug ingredients.
· Instead of turning to supplements to try to lose weight, talk with your health care provider about your health and fitness routines.