This section of my website used to be dedicated to triathlon training, personal race results and certification reviews, like Turbo Kick. I am expanding it to include more generic health & fitness topics. Also, I talk a lot about "D" -- he's my husband (Dave Liu)!

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Yet More Weight-Loss Supplements

According to this WSJ article (subscription may be required), the dietary-supplement market is ~$18.4 billion.

"Unlike pharmaceuticals, herbs and dietary supplements are only loosely regulated by the government. Manufacturers don't have to prove that their products are safe or effective. Often the list of ingredients on the label doesn't match what is in the bottle."

Scary. Despite this, people still flock to purchase these supplements in the hopes of finding a magic potion to lose weight. Now that ephedra is shown to be dangerous, everybody is now rushing to sell ephedra-free weight-loss products. Apparently, the herbs du jour include banaba, bitter orange, green tea and guarana.

If you REALLY want to improve your fitness in a safe, long-lasting and effective manner, forget the hocus pocus. Instead, consult with a professional and modify your diet and adopt a suitable exercise regimen.

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