Feds warn against quick weight loss supplements; Slow, steady weight loss encouraged

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DENVER -- The Food and Drug Administration is warning about quick weight loss supplements just as millions of people take on their new year's resolution to drop a few pounds.

Experts say many "miracle" weight loss supplements either don’t work or include ingredients that can cause heart problems in some  consumers.

Registered dietician Laura Jeffers of the Cleveland Clinic says the multimillion dollar industry gains success by appealing to the emotions of those desperate to drop pounds packed on during the holiday season. “Usually if something is promising something that is almost too good to be true, it usually is too good to be true.”

FDA approval isn't required to get a diet supplement on the market, so experts say you need to look for those red flags -- words like “guaranteed” or “scientific breakthrough” can be misleading.

Doctors say  it’s best to lose weight the old fashioned way: By consistent exercise and a low fat balanced diet.

Laura and Scott  St. John of Pearl Street Fitness help clients lose weight by changing their lifestyle.

Laura says overall balance is the key to success. “Go have that cookie. Go tail-gate at the broncos game. But if you know you'll make healthy choices in other areas of life you'll be on a healthy nutritious path.”

They explain that it is important to set small realistic goals that lead up to your ultimate weight loss goal:

  • Eat small high protein meals every two hours
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Do 30 minutes of exercise every day

See information about fitness programs that work without the use of supplements here.

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