There are tons of weight loss supplements available for women who want to lose weight and to do it as quickly and as painlessly as possible.  Supplements may be used to jump start a program to lose weight, but should not take the place of a healthy diet and active lifestyle that is needed for lasting results.

Many weight loss supplements have entered the pharmaceutical market over the past few years and cater to people who have a desire to lose weight, and do it as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Though everyone knows deep down inside that the key to weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight is through a good diet and proper exercise habits, we still look for ways that will allow us to lose more weight faster, with less effort on our parts. The result is a myriad of weight loss supplements all promising to do just that.

In addition to bombarding pharmacies with numerous weight loss supplements, health food stores are now making their own natural supplement equivalents. This is because of the fact that many supplements that were put on the market in the 80’s and 90’s were found to either have adverse side effects despite working well as weight loss supplements, or to not even have an effect as a weight loss supplement at all, and to still produce adverse side effects.

The term dietary supplement is sometimes used refer to vitamins, but has been used to describe weight loss supplements.  Some weight loss supplements are advertised to be all-natural, which for a lot of consumers means "all-good".

The problem is that supplements claiming to be all-natural don’t have to be tested and cleared by the Food and Drug Administration in order to be sold. This means that the drugs themselves could contain chemicals that could easily have adverse effects that we don’t yet know about yet.  It's actually up to the consumer to do the necessary research to find out about side effects.

Stimulants are usually the most common ingredient in diet pills and supplements.  Although it may be unlikely idea that an all-natural weight loss supplement may be poisonous in and of itself, the long-term effects of taking a supplement, especially when other medications or supplements are being used could be highly risky.  The most common side effect was that of an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.

Supplements are not meant to be a magic bullet to fix problems caused by unhealthy living habits or poor eating choices. They should only be used as a gap filler to enhance a healthy lifestyle or to help us ease into a healthier lifestyle.

Here's the thing about supplements. FDA regulates diet supplements under a different set of rules than those covering "conventional" foods and drug products. Supplements usually have a disclaimer that "These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA".  There's a reason for that!

Firms that make supplements are responsible for evaluating the safety and labeling of their products to ensure that they meet the requirements of the FDA regulations.  There are only a few that have bothered to submit their products to FDA for evaluation, so read the labels and read some reviews.

If you want to use a diet supplement to jump-start your weight loss, there are hundreds, maybe even thousands available.  Amazon has one of the largest selections and some of the best prices around for supplements, but do some research to learn about possible side effects, read the reviews and label.  Then decide if you want to spend your money for a supplement you may not need.  The only recommendation I have is talk to your doctor about using a supplement first and find a supplement that has gotten FDA approval.  Your health should be the first consideration.