31 Dec '14, 3pm

Many Americans Misinformed About Weight Loss Supplements

A new Consumer Reports survey confirms what a lot of Runner’s World readers already know: If you’re looking to lose weight, your best bet is to focus on diet and exercise, and avoid attempting to shortcut the process by taking weight loss supplements . The survey of almost 3,000 Americans found that nearly one in four people take weight loss supplements, the supplements aren’t particularly effective, and many people are misinformed about their risks. “The barrage of advertising leads us to think there’s a magic way to melt away 10 pounds—even when we have no evidence that supplements work,” says Pieter Cohen, a physician at Harvard Medical School, told Consumer Reports . The survey found that roughly 20 percent of the survey participants erroneously believed that the Food and Drug Administration guarantees the safety and effectiveness of weight loss supplements. "The label...

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