How to Lose Weight

Weight Loss Pills

Both prescription and non-prescription medicines are approved for weight loss. Although medications are not usually the first treatment recommended, a healthcare provider may recommend them in some cases.
There are two classes of prescription medications approved for treating obesity. One class is known as appetite suppressants; the other is known as lipase inhibitors (see Weight Loss Drugs).
With a seemingly endless variety of weight loss pills available, it can be difficult to sort through all of these products, avoiding those that are unsafe or ineffective. It is important to closely examine the labels on these products, noting each of the active ingredients. It is not a good idea to take a product that does not list its active ingredients or that lists them simply as a "proprietary blend" of herbals.

Fad Diets

Fad diets are not the best way to lose weight and keep it off. These diets often promise quick weight loss or tell you to cut certain foods out of your diet. You may lose weight at first on one of these diets, but diets that strictly limit calories or food choices are hard to follow. Most people quickly get tired of them and regain any lost weight.
Fad diets can also be unhealthy because they may not provide all of the nutrients your body needs. Also, losing weight at a rapid rate (more than 3 pounds a week after the first couple of weeks) may increase your risk for developing gallstones (clusters of solid material in the gallbladder that can be painful). Diets that provide fewer than 800 calories per day also could result in heart rhythm abnormalities, which can be fatal.
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