There are times when we know we have issues with weight gain, and we know we need to get it under control, but we just can’t afford a doctor’s visit. In this case, a lot of people turn to over-the-counter supplements.
The question is since these things are not generally prescribed by a medical professional, are they safe to consume? Do they have any side effects we should worry about? More importantly, do they have any effect at all?
The answer is, it depends on the supplement. There are a few little signs to look for. Here is a shortlist of the things you should look for when considering an over-the-counter weight loss supplement.
1. FDA Approval
One of the most important things to know if you are considering a specific health supplement is whether or not the FDA has considered and approved it. You can find out by going online and researching your specific product before you buy it.
If you are worried about the side effects your chosen supplement may have, then you can go online to research the providing company’s site. While you’re at it, it’s probably a good idea to check and see if you are allergic to any ingredients in it.
3. Look Up Ingredients
In addition to researching possible side effects and allergic reactions, you can also benefit from looking up all the ingredients of the supplement in general, so you have a better idea of whether or not it will be safe for you to consume.
4. Fellow Consumers’ Experience
If you are confused about or unsure about the weight loss product in general, it’s not a bad idea to look at reviews from other people who have tried the product. If you see more positive reviews than negative ones, chances are it’s probably safe. Still, proceed with caution.
5. Doctor Advice
Sometimes we are able to afford a visit, but not a prescription. When this happens, you can ask your doctor about the supplement of your consideration, and they will most likely look into it and tell you what they think or seek the advice of a nutrition specialist.
6. Multiple Choice
It is always good to have multiple options to choose from. In addition to all of the above options, you can also take down a list of multiple weight loss supplements and have your doctor look at them all to help you determine which ones might be the safest.
In conclusion, whether or not a weight loss supplement is safe depends entirely on the company, in addition to the active ingredients in that particular product. Therefore, it is always a good idea to ask questions and take precautions.
So whether we can’t afford a prescription from the doctor, or we’re just trying to look at all of our options before we decide, weight loss supplements are an option that can sometimes need extra careful consideration.
That is why it’s a good idea to consult the doctor or nutrition specialist, look at multiple supplements, and take our doctor’s suggestion in mind because while weight loss vitamins are not a terrible solution in general, you can never be too careful.
Also, some weight loss supplements might say they are FDA approved, but the only way to know that for sure is to ask a professional. If the doctor doesn’t know, they can always consult or refer us to somebody who will.