Personal stories about using over-the-counter diet aids
These stories are based on information gathered from health
professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health
Nathalie, age 51: I have a lot
of weight to lose, and I want to try an over-the-counter diet aid. I'm not
technically obese, but my weight is definitely not healthy. I've tried to make
healthy eating and exercise work, but I think I need more help.
Mohammed, age 32: I thought about using a diet aid
to help myself lose weight, but I've decided against it. I know that I'm
overweight because of some bad habits I've developed. I plan to improve my
eating and activity habits by taking a few small steps at a time.
Jada, age 44: I plan to use an over-the-counter
diet aid. I talked to my doctor about it, and she wasn't too enthusiastic. But
we agreed on a plan where I will check in with her often so she can monitor my
progress and any side effects I may have.
Nadia, age 29: I was all set to start using a diet aid, but my doctor talked me
out of it. He told me how the research just doesn't support using these
supplements, especially considering some of the possible side effects. He said
changing my lifestyle habits would be better for my health in the long
Katy E. Magee, MA
Primary Medical Reviewer
Ruth Schneider, MPH, RD - Diet and Nutrition
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Diabetes Educator
May 14, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 14, 2008
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