Weight Control and Dietary Supplements

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Be cautious about dietary supplements that claim to help you lose weight. They may not work, and they could even pose dangers to your health. Dietary supplements may interact with your prescription or over-the-counter medications. Also, some 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. Moreover, 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. However, mind and body approaches, such as yoga and meditation, particularly mindful eating, may help you if used along with a weight-loss program. Talk with your health care provider before starting a new weight-loss program. Learn more about complementary health approaches and weight loss by clicking here.