Are there any safe supplements to help me lose weight?
The FDA has found that weight-loss products commonly contain undeclared drugs and prescription medications, which could be harmful, so we advise caution. You may also be interested in reading the Food and Drug Administration article "Tainted Weight Loss Products," which provides additional information about potentially harmful products promoted for weight loss.
Vitamin and mineral needs can be met while losing weight by eating a variety of foods. Chapter 4 of the Warfighter Nutrition Guide discusses these nutrients along with information about Dietary Reference Intakes and their importance for optimal performance. We also encourage you to visit the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series (NOFFS), which also has some helpful information on nutrition, including how much food to eat at meals, healthy recipes, and advice on the importance of good nutrition for exercise performance. The Fighting Weight Strategies portion of HPRC's website provides joint-service and service-specific programs to help you maintain overall health and body weight.