Facts About Ephedra and Weight Loss Pills
by Todd Brenner, MD

Are you struggling with weight loss?

If diet and exercise programs have left you scratching your head... Have you considered weight loss pills to help you lose weight? You are not alone...

The National Health and Nutrition Examination survey reported that nearly two thirds of Americans are overweight. Many of these overweight people turn to weight loss pills to help them battle the bulge. Being overweight is a risk factor for many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. It also has detrimental effects on self-esteem and confidence.

For these many reasons, you may consider weight loss pills to help you lose weight.

If you have tried conventional methods for weight loss and failed, you may find weight loss pills very tempting. When considering weight loss pills, the old adage, "buyer beware" holds true... Be sure to avoid products that make outrageous claims. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Some exceptions would be "pure form" weight loss pills that have been clinically proven such as Ephedra. In fact, the short-term Ephedra ban was lifted April 2005 and Ephedra is available to the public once again.

Consider the following questions when you are evaluating weight loss pills:

  1. Can I access clinical research on the weight loss pills?
  2. How much weight do you want to lose and how fast?
  3. What are the side effects of the weight loss pills?
  4. Should I go the all natural route or take a prescription?
  5. How long can weight loss pills safely be taken?

Consult your doctor about weight loss pills and discuss the following:

  • Your complete medical history.
  • Ask for a medical examination.
  • Discuss your weight loss options, including weight loss pills.
  • Ask about the side effects of weight loss pills.
  • Arrange a follow-up appointment if you choose to take weight loss pills.

If you've decided weight loss pills are right for you, follow these safety measures:

  • Take the weight loss pills exactly as noted on the label.
  • Follow a healthy eating and exercise program.
  • If you experience side effects, immediately, inform your doctor.
  • Visit your doctor after 1 month of taking weight loss pills to assess your progress.
  • If the weight loss pills aren't working — stop taking them!

The above steps, should help you make an informed decision about whether or not, using weight loss pills will help you acheive your desired results.

The first step in any weight loss program, begins with the conscious decision to do something about your overweight problem.

About the author: Todd Brenner is currently the Executive Vice President of Fitness By Design. He serves on the board for A Healthier America and has 18 years of nutritional experience and natural healing.