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How to reduce weight and the side effects of diet supplements

Updated on August 30, 2011

Many people worry about their weight and look for various ways to reduce weight. Not only those who are overweight but also people who are health conscious or want to have a slim personality wants to lose some of their weight. So, if you want to shed weight, here are few tips for you to reduce weight without regaining it.

Tips to reduce weight

1. Eat when you are hungry – Some people even eat if they are not feeling hungry just for the sake of good taste, or the food is one of their favorites. Change this habit and eat only if you are feeling hungry. It is also advisable to quit snacking in between meals.

2. Drink plenty of Water – Drinking lot of water is quite helpful in reducing excess fat. You can also drink lukewarm water for burning extra calories. If you can have lemon water, then take two glasses of lukewarm lemon water empty stomach in the morning. This is very helpful in reducing weight if you take on a regular basis.

3. Check your daily calorie intake – Try to reduce your daily calorie intake. You can search for the number of calories present in different foods on internet, and can then eat accordingly. Eating small and frequent meals, instead of eating big meals, help in balancing your calorie intake. Avoid eating junk food like noodles, pizza, burger, etc., and also reduce your daily sugar intake.

4. Eat fiber rich food – Eat food rich in fiber as it helps in filling your stomach fast. Fiber rich food also has less number of calories. There are many fruits ad vegetables that are rich in fiber content.

5. Exercise Regularly – Make exercises a part of your daily routine. They help in burning some unwanted calories, thereby maintaining your body weight. Doing brisk walking daily for one hour is quite good for your health.

Diet Supplements

Some people want to lose weight as quick as possible and look for shortcuts to reduce weight. For those people, diet supplements are available in variety of forms such as powders, capsules, tablets, energy drinks and bars. They include supplements for calcium, vitamins, proteins, minerals, folic acid, iron, etc. These diet supplements can prove to be helpful for some people, but for some others, they might pose several unexpected risks.

You will feel very happy once you start losing weight after taking these supplements, but you might be unaware that these supplements have the potential for dangerous side effects. If you take them in a long run, they might prove to be very harmful for you.

Side Effects of Diet Supplements

Many supplements contain very strong ingredients which can cause harm to the body and sometimes may also lead to life-threatening results. Some of the harmful effects of taking diet supplements include the following:

  • Increased risk of heart attack
  • Damage to the liver
  • Damage to the kidneys
  • Increased risk of getting diabetes
  • Neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease
  • Infertility in some cases
  • Increased risk of cancer

So, before taking any type of dietary supplement, look at the severity of the side effects and then decide whether to take them or not. Always take the advice of your doctor prior to taking any diet supplement. Talk to your friends if they have used any sort of supplements and experienced any side effects. It is advisable to take an informed and safe decision.


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      Anuj Agarwal 6 years ago from Noida

      You are absolutely right Jenna. Diet supplements must always be avoided when you can easily lose weight by changing your food habits.

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      Jenna Pope 6 years ago from Southern California

      Good article. Diet supplements can be very damaging and addicting. When you stop taking them, all you want to do is eat.