There are things that are proven to help you lose weight and keep it off, Kahan said.
“Support from a dietitian, nutrition education, and in some cases medication or weight loss surgery can all help with weight loss,” he said.
The study authors released a statement calling for stricter regulation of supplements and more high-quality studies to assess the risks and benefits of weight loss supplements. The study appears in the June 23 issue of Obesity.
Their work follows another study that found that weight loss supplements were mostly ineffective. This research was presented virtually last month at the European Congress on Obesity and published in the International obesity review.
In the United States, supplements aren’t regulated the same way pharmaceuticals are, so there’s no way of knowing if you’re actually getting what you pay for, Kidambi said.
Most weight loss supplements won’t cause any harm, but many peddle false promises, she said. “If supplements replace diet, regular exercise, and behavior changes, they will hurt you in the long run,” she added.
Some supplements sold online may contain harmful ingredients that are banned in the United States, Kidambi noted.
Weight loss supplements can also be expensive, she said.
Buyers should be wary of weight loss supplements, agreed Dr. Louis Aronne, founder and director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.
“There is very little research showing that the supplements currently available produce significant weight loss,” said Aronne, who was not involved in the new study.
Andrea Wong is senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a Washington, DC-based business group representing the supplement industry.
Wong, who is unrelated to the research, pointed out that the new study did not include all the dietary supplements on the market today, some of which may help with weight loss efforts.
“Consumers should be wary of products that promise to aid weight loss and always consult a healthcare practitioner for advice on responsible supplement use and weight management programs,” she said. declared.