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Are there any safe supplements to help me lose weight?

    OPSS Answer

    According to FDA, weight-loss dietary supplement products commonly contain undeclared drugs, which could be harmful, so we advise caution. FDA’s article “Tainted Weight Loss Products” has more information about potentially harmful weight-loss supplements. Many of the same resources that we mention in the FAQ on safety of performance-enhancing products also apply here. What’s more, reliable evidence for the effectiveness of any over-the-counter weight-loss supplement ingredients is lacking, and some weight-loss products contain ingredients that are potentially problematic. For information about how to lose weight without using dietary supplements, visit HPRC’s Fighting Weight Strategies, which provides joint-service and service-specific programs to help you maintain overall health and body weight.

    FAQ updated 19 May 2014

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