Help With Hair Loss (2)

Help With Hair Loss

Hair loss is a problem that effects both men and women throughout the world. Fixing this problem can be an issue if you do not know how to go about doing so. In the following article, you are going to be given crucial advice that will help you deal with hair loss.

To prevent hair damage and thus lower the potential for hair loss, get more vitamin B. Vitamin B and B complex vitamins in general strengthen hair follicles, which reduces the risk of hair damage, thinning and loss. Vitamin B may also help boost hair growth, too. It is found in a variety of foods, including spinach, red bell peppers and garlic.

Avoid eating too much salt and sugar. You should entirely eliminate both of these from your diet. Eating too much salt or sugar can contribute to hair loss and make it harder to grow your hair back. Most vegetables have their own sodium, so cut back on the salt and you will come to like them even more.

If you are a woman, birth control pills can result in hair loss. Look into some of the alternative methods of preventing pregnancy other than the pill. This will put you in a solid position to decrease the amount of hair that you lose during the course of your life.

Try adding the following supplements into your daily routine to combat hair loss. These supplements are available at most health food markets. Include fatty acids such as flax seed oil, salmon oil or primrose oil coupled with Co-enzyme Q10, Kelp, silica, and make sure you are getting the recommended dose of zinc in your diet.

Consider all methods of hair loss treatment, including surgery, medication and artificial hair. You may find that what is good for others might not be good for you. You want to use a treatment that fits you well, is most comfortable and is easy for your lifestyle and capabilities.

Avoid hair dryers and flat irons if you want to prevent hair loss. The heat from these products can dry out your hair and make it fall out. If you have to use them, be sure that you have them both on a low setting.

One thing many people don’t consider is that hair products like gels, waxes, mousse, and the like can lead to hair loss if they aren’t washed out before going to bed. Sleeping with products like these in can let them invade your scalp and clog your pores, leading to early baldness.

If you are a young man who is starting to lose his hair you don’t need to feel like your romantic and sex lives are over. There are many men and women who are actually attracted to men with less hair and an even greater amount of people who are just indifferent to it.

As was stated in the beginning of the article, hair loss is a problem that both genders have to deal with. Knowing what you can do to help fix hair loss is the only way you will get your hair back. Use these tips to get the hair you never knew you could have!

The Skinny on Crash Diets

The Skinny on Crash Diets

To diet, as the joke goes, means to die with a ‘T’. Such is the case of the vain who go on crash diets just because they think they’re too fat; that their clothes no longer fit; or because their love handles are too big, even if in truth they are not fat at all.

Diet is often equated with nutrition. The dictionary defines it as the act of restricting food intake or at least intake of particular food. Diet as a collective is the amount of food a person eats or drinks during the course of a day. People do it for health reasons, some to simply lose weight, and some altogether for all the wrong reasons.

The body needs calories for heat. A calorie is a unit of measurement for energy. The unit’s name is French and derives from the Latin calor (heat). Although the new unit of energy is joule, calorie remains as the unit of measurement for energy obtained from food.

A crash diet is a diet which is extreme in its deprivations – typically restricting calorie intake abruptly. Meant to achieve rapid weight loss, a crash diet differs from outright starvation only slightly. Crash diets are unhealthy and are hardly – if ever – recommended by doctors or dietitians. A crash diet may lead to malnutrition, and is not a suggested means of weight loss. It involves drastically cutting back on the amount of calories that you take in daily. Highly similar to a starvation diet, it is often paired with other weight loss “fixes,” including extreme exercise routines and the use of diet pills. Most people follow crash diets yearly in the hopes that they will lose a lot of weight in a very short span of time. Crash diets are recognized by health care professionals and dietitians as being a very dangerous way of trying to lose the excess pounds.

At a technical level, when one goes into crash dieting, the body is shocked by a sudden change in food intake. From a high-energy diet to low-energy food regime. There appears to be a rapid weight loss, creating an illusion that the plan is working. At this point, no fat has been lost; what happened is that the body’s limited store of glycogen, a form of carbohydrate, is used up. As glycogen is utilized, the body loses water with it, so there appears to be a rapid weight loss.

Additionally, weight loss during crash diets doesn’t continue for a long time. Eventually, dieters will find themselves hitting a plateau, during which it will become more difficult for them to lose weight. Majority of crash dieters find that this weight loss plateau is followed by weight gain. Many followers of crash diets eventually end up gaining all the weight they lost, with a few additional pounds. This is known as the yo-yo diet effect: just like the up and down motion of a yo-yo, crash dieters find their weight constantly fluctuating with each diet that they go on.

The side effects of crash dieting include Vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies, dizziness and/or fainting (due to extreme calorie cutting), pressure and strain on certain organs like the kidneys and the liver, burning off lean muscle and tissues, among other things. In extreme cases, heart attack or stroke can be a result of crash diets; it may even lead to death.

There was a woman named Matilda Callaghan, aged 25, who died after going on a crash diet for six months straight. She only consumed three servings of food powder mix per day. She was said to have been battling obesity since she was twelve. Following the diet regime strictly, she was said to have lost ten pound in her first week, four pounds in the second and seven pounds in the third. She was being monitored closely by the dieting firm she had enrolled on. She fell ill and was diagnosed to have died of a heart failure.

Before deciding to pursue a weight-loss program, make sure to that it is going to produce a long last result. A balanced diet and moderate regular exercise may take time to get you the figure you wanted, but it will gently get you toned up, and keep the weight off for good.

Hair Loss and Home Remedies

Hair Loss and Home Remedies

Hi All:
Today’s article is all about hair loss and home remedies. While there are a LOT of products on the market today that claim to slow, stop, prevent or reverse hair loss, there are many other ways to attack hair loss that don’t include using strong chemicals or prescription drugs. Granted, some are effective and some are not, but the only way to know for sure (just like using Propecia) is to try them for yourself. I’m going to list a few possible ways to treat hair loss and let you make up your own mind on their effectiveness. Just to remind you all…I am not advocating any type of hair loss treatment, simply because every person is different and what might work for you might not work for someone else!
Okay, the first type of home remedy can be categorized as “herbal”. Many folks, including myself, have begun using certain herbs to combat all sorts of problems…anything from aging skin to a lack of energy to, you guessed it, hair loss. Here are some of the more popular herbs pertaining to hair loss…
Stinging nettle: Also known as Urtica Diocia, this herb has the ability to block the conversion of testosterone into DHT (DHT is often the cause of male hair loss). An optimum dose of 50-100mg per day in capsule form is recommended.
Ginkyo biloba: this herb is thought to improve blood circulation to the brain and skin. It is believed that the increased flow of blood to the brain area delivers more nutrients to the hair follicle thus promoting hair regrowth. A recommended dose is 120-160mg of dry extract each day spread over three doses.
He Shou Wu: Also known as Polygonum Multiflorum, this herb has traditionally been used to reduce hair loss and can be taken in capsule form or as a tea.
Pygeum Africanum: This herb is derived from the bark of the evergreen tree and it works like green tea. It is used to treat male pattern baldness. You should take 60-500mg per day in pill or capsule form.
Saw Palmetto: Also known as Seranoa Repens, this is a favorite choice for many men due to its ability to slow hair loss and encourage hair regrowth. Many commercially prepared hair loss treatments use this herb as a base but it can easily be found in its pure form. A dose of 160mg twice each day is recommended, but be sure the ingredients are made from the berry extract not the dried berries themselves.
The second type of home remedy for attacking hair loss are external preparations that are applied to the hair and scalp directly. Some of these may sound odd, but you never know until you try, right?
Safflower Oil: Also known as Carthamus Tinctorious, safflower oil applied to the scalp acts as a vasolidator that dilates blood vessels. This allows more blood to deliver nutrients to the hair follicle thus creating an environment conducive to hair regrowth.
Aloe Vera: You can rub Aloe Vera into your scalp each night. It’s believed that the herb activates the production of nitric oxide and contains an enzyme called superoxide dismutane. These two substances combined may stimulate hair regrowth in those suffering from male pattern baldness.
Red Pepper: Also know as Capiscum, you can apply Red Pepper to the scalp as a poultice. It irritates the scalp and stimulates blood flow to the base of the hair, which may encourage renewed hair growth.
Onion: Yes, onions. Some believe that rubbing the scalp with an onion before shampooing may actually stimulate hair growth…your mileage may vary!
There are many more home remedies that may aid in hair growth or regrowth. I will talk about these in future articles. Thanks for reading and take care!

Book Review – Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss

Book Review – Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss

"No wonder it’s so hard to lose weight- our bodies are designed to keep weight on at all costs; it’s a matter of survival. It’s embedded in our DNA." In essence, we are designed to gain weight, expounds Mark Hyman, M.D. in his new bestselling book Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss. This books follows on the heels of his previous bestseller, UltraPrevention: The 6-Week Plan that Will Make You Healthy for Life that he coauthored and proves to be every bit as informative. Dr. Hyman, who has a passion for the cutting-edge science of Western medicine and alternative health for over 20 years, maintains that Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss is not just another of many weight loss books on the market. Rather, the book is your body’s owner’s manual for overall health. He distills his knowledge into a healthy lifestyle, which reduces the factors of a number of epidemic health problems and degenerative diseases currently plaguing us, while at the same time we also gain the positive side-effect of weight loss.

Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss dives in by turning much of what we believe as conventional wisdom concerning weight loss on its head. Much of what we think we know about weight loss actually has been making us gain weight. As evidence, the book points to the fact that despite the $50 billion we spend on weight loss every year in America, whether it’s diet pills, programs or exercise routines, they all have a dismal success record. In fact, for every diet we go on, we end up gaining five pounds on average in the long run. Obesity is now overtaking smoking as the number one cause of preventable deaths with almost 70 percent of the adult population and one third of our children now overweight. Compounding the problem are the profitable foods the food industry pushes, entrenched pharmaceutical companies and our own government’s recommendations, especially when it comes to the "food pyramid" or low fat in our diets.

In part I, Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss exposes seven hoary myths that make us unhealthy, gain weight and keep it on. First there is the Starvation Myth: Eating less and exercising more does not equal weight loss. Next is the Calorie Myth: All calories are created equal. Third is the Fat Myth. Eating fat makes you fat. Fourth is the Carb Myth. Eating a low carb or no carb diet will make you thin. Fifth is the Sumo Wrestler Myth: Skipping meals helps you lose weight. Sixth is the French Paradox Myth: The French are thin because they drink wine and eat butter, and last but not least is the Protector Myth: Government food policies and food industry regulations protect our health. Moreover, the book points out that the introduced man-made substances such as "trans-fats", which are found in nearly every processed and packaged food because they never spoil, are adding to our overall exploding health and weight problems over the past 30 years. This consumable plastic disrupts our metabolism by actually turning on a gene in your DNA, which slows metabolism causing you to gain weight. The book also discusses another danger to our health: the man-made supersugars, such as high-fructose corn syrup, which is used to sweeten almost everything these days including soft drinks. These supersugars quickly enter your bloodstream and trigger hormonal and chemical changes which induces insulin surges that tell your brain to eat more and your fat cells to store more fat.

If there are substances and foods that we eat that can trigger negative results, then surly there are ways to make us healthy and loose weight. Part II of Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss gives us the keys to turn on our metabolism and fat burning genes, turn off your weight gain genes, and program your body to lose weight automatically. The book takes this even further in part III by providing menus and recipes, along with exercise and lifestyle treatments designed to create healthy metabolism and overall health. This section of the book is designed so it can be customized to meet your unique genetic needs to optimally awaken your fat-burning DNA.

Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss provides a vivid road map to navigate our way back to health and fitness. And in so doing we will be successful in our quest for long-term weight loss without counting calories, fat grams or carbs. We don’t have to starve ourselves; we simply need to eat in harmony with our genes.

Tips And Tricks For Anyone Dealing With Hair Loss (5)

Tips And Tricks For Anyone Dealing With Hair Loss

No matter your age or gender, the prospect of losing one’s hair can be very alarming. Every year, millions of men and women face this challenge as a result of their medications, medical conditions, or lifestyle choices. The information in this article should offer some interesting insight on dealing with hair loss.

Omega-3 fatty acids will help promote a healthy scalp. When you have a healthy scalp, you will have hair growth. You can find Omega-3 fatty acids in foods such as fish, almonds, and walnuts. You should also add zinc to your diet. Zinc will help reduce a hormone that impairs hair growth.

If you play football, make sure that your helmet is not too tight. Tight fitting helmets can strain your scalp and weaken each strand of hair. Limit the amount of hair that you lose by wearing a helmet that fits comfortably.

If you are going to use hair styling products on your hair, make sure to take it all out of your hair at nighttime to prevent hair loss. Keeping these products in all night allow the chemicals to sink further into your scalp, which can make your hair fall out.

Adding foods rich in biotin to your diet, or taking a pill form of biotin is great for keeping a healthy head of hair. Biotin is great for your skin and hair and has been proven effective in preventing hair loss, especially for men. Biotin is found naturally in brown rice, lentils, soybeans and sunflower seeds.

While a toupee is always an option for men who are feeling insecure, most people think this is actually much worse looking than a man who is simply bald. Try to feel secure in who you are and most other people won’t even treat you differently because of a loss of hair.

Avoid using shampoos or conditioners that aren’t organic. Shampoos and conditioners that are not organic contain a lot of harmful chemicals in them that are bad for your scalp and your hair. These products can cause hair loss and also prevent hair from growing back in once you lose it.

Shampoo is a strong set of chemicals designed to clean your hair. Over-shampooing can cause damage to hair as the chemicals inside the shampoo are extremely strong. These chemicals can cause your hair to lose valuable nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Make sure you know what is in your shampoo and only use what you need.

While hair loss is mainly associated strictly with men it is possible to have this in some female cases as well. Normally it starts much later in women than in men and it can often be more difficult to deal with for a woman. There are many treatments to help a woman with this.

Whether you or someone you know is faced with the thinning or loss of hair, the idea can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. Fortunately, there are a number of options available for those who are dealing with this condition. The tips and tricks in this article are an excellent starting point for further research.

Motivational Tips For Losing Weight

Motivational Tips For Losing Weight

If you have been attempting to lose weight for a while, you know how difficult it can be to maintain motivation. Motivation is extremely important to continued consistent weight loss. Without keeping your weight loss motivation, it will almost be impossible to reach your fat loss goal; be it 10 pounds or a 100 pounds.

If your positive attitude has been lagging behind lately, try these motivational tips:

Use Inspirational Quotes – Find a moving quote or inspiring phrase. Choose something that inspires you and guides you towards healthy lifestyle choices. Print it up on nice paper and post it on your refrigerator. Be sure that it is something that will motivate you each time you reach for a snack. This will enable you to choose healthy options, and keep your weight loss goals at the front of your mind.

Keep a Journal – Keep a journal from the day you begin your weight loss program. This will help you to see progress each day. Write about your feelings towards weight loss, your motivational goals, and any setbacks or plateaus that you are experiencing. Once you reach your goal weight, you’ll be pleased to look back at how far you’ve come.

Plan for Busy Days – The first step off the weight loss wagon often occurs when life gets busy. Plan for distractions and busy days. Keep work out videos at home for those days when you just don’t make it to the gym.

Keep pre-prepared meals or frozen diet dinners handy for days when you don’t have time to cook. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Stay on track with preparation for days when life gets in the way.

Mix Up Your Weight Loss – Constantly doing the same exercises and eating the same food can get old. Take the time to develop several exercise routines to avoid boredom. Add a new vegetable, fruit, or salad dressing to your normal diet rut. These small changes can make a world of difference.

There is no doubt it can be difficult to maintain motivation throughout your weight loss program. Take the time to mix up routines and add inspiration to your daily life. Focus on your goals, and your reasons for wanting to lose weight in the first place.

Envision a slimmer, healthier you, and keep striving to reach your goal weight. If motivation becomes an issue, try some of the above tips to get you going again.
Here’s to a healthier you!

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice, nor should it be interpreted or substituted as medical advice. Prior to making changes to your physical exercise routine and your diet, you should always consult your personal physician. Better safe than sorry.

Great Tips For Fighting Against Hair Loss (2)

Great Tips For Fighting Against Hair Loss

Treating hair loss is an effortless activity if done in an effective manner. It is integral to tackle hair loss knowledgeably in order to preserve and stimulate proper growth of your hair. The tips below offer numerous ideas concerning treating hair loss effectively. Carrying out these suggestions will lead to stronger, fuller hair.

One way to avoid hair loss is to maintain positive mental health. Stress and anxiety can lead to early hair loss in men and women, so developing personal tools to ease these concerns will help you to keep your full head of hair as long as possible. Whether it be engaging in physical activities or seeking support from friends, keeping stress away is a huge step in avoiding hair loss.

Start drinking daily protein shakes. Hair loss can be caused by a protein deficiency and many people notice an increase in the rate at which their hair grows when they start increasing their daily intake of protein. Protein shakes are an easy way to ensure that you get a daily protein hit as they don’t require any cooking.

Improving the blood circulation to the scalp is going to help you lessen the chances of hair loss. This can be accomplished by massaging your scalp with vegetable oil and then wrapping a warm towel around your hair for two or three hours a few times a week. It will increase the blood flow and prevent hair loss.

Take Vitamin E supplements if you are suffering from hair loss. Vitamin E promotes healthy blood circulation, which, in turn, promotes healthy hair growth. It will also have the added benefit of keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking.

You should not use just any shampoo for your hair. You have to be careful which products you use on your hair. A good example is using a 3 in 1 shampoo, with a conditioner and body wash included. This could damage your hair, which could lead to it falling out prematurely.

Avoid using too many different products on your hair. Because you want to look good, you may use different types of hair products. Many styling products contain sulfate, formaldehyde and sodium chloride. These products are ones that we should stay away from when we are trying to reduce the chances of hair loss.

Watch the use of birth control pills. Hormonal changes, like the ones caused by using oral contraceptives, can cause hair loss. The hair loss is often temporary, but it is worth discussing with your doctor. Other birth control options are available which might not have the same hair loss effect.

If you are a woman experiencing hair loss do not use products intended for men. These products can have lasting effects on your reproductive system and may cause hair growth in unwanted areas or amounts. The product is being sincere when it warns that it is not for use by women.

Treating hair loss is wonderful for obtaining a revitalized, energetic look. The tips given in this article will help you to engage in treating hair loss correctly and minimize any damage possibly caused by being uninformed. When you include treating hair loss into your regular activities properly you will obtain noticeable results faster.

Get The Figure You Always Wanted With These Weight Loss Tips (2)

Get The Figure You Always Wanted With These Weight Loss Tips

If you’re looking for ways to lose weight, look no further! Below are some simple and convenient weight loss tips for helping people just like you, reach their target weight goals. There’s no need to stress out over trendy diets or complicated weight loss systems. A little determination and a little wisdom are all you need to start losing weight.

Exercise daily, even if you only have time to exercise for a few minutes. Permanent weight loss is not possible without some type of exercise. Exercise not only burns calories, it builds muscle. Since muscle burns fat it is important to build more muscle to achieve weight and fat loss.

When trying to lose weight, weigh yourself daily. Numerous studies have shown that stepping on the scales on a regular basis, can help a person lose weight. A recent study determined that those who logged daily and weekly weigh-ins lost 12 to 18 pounds more, than those who checked their weight less frequently.

If you buy snacks that come in a very large family-sized container you should use sandwich bags to separate it into smaller individual portions. This is a good idea because people tend to eat more of a snack if they eat it from the bag that it came in.

When you are trying to lose weight, it is important that you get sufficient rest. Sleep helps to rest the body and if you do not get enough of it, you will not have the energy to stick to your diet or do your exercise routine. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep.

Buy new, smaller dishes and utensils. Downsizing your bowls, plates, silverware and glassware will help you to eat less food just because it won’t fit. People have a tendency to fill their plates and then eat everything on them. The smaller the plates and other stuff, the less likely that is to happen.

When trying to lose weight, it is important to set a goal for yourself. Anything seems easier when there is a clear and known destination. When your goal is a large one, break it into smaller steps so you can experience victories rather than defeat. Just remember, if you lose one pound per week, after six months you will have lost 25 pounds!

Losing weight is a shared goal of many; it is also a goal that is exploited. People have created many diet plans, exercise machines, and much more in a quest to take advantage of those who want to shed their extra pounds. The true way to lose weight is that one should burn more calories than the number of calories that one ingests.

A pound is 3500 calories. A sensible diet coupled with a mildly active lifestyle will result in one maintaining their current weight. If one were to up their exercise routine and ingest fewer calories than what one is burning daily, then the end result will be weight loss. The formula is simple: burn more calories than one eats.

Using these helpful tips, you really can lose those extra pounds you hate and get as trim as you’d love to be. It does take a little bit of time and energy investment, but your weight loss goals aren’t beyond reach. Keep working at them, stay positive and you really will reach them.

The Mane Attraction

The Mane Attraction

Of all the animals, the horse has probably shared the most of their existence in human adventures and has been intimately allied with human progress. For thousands of years, the horse has participated in the pleasures, the dangers, and the hard work that have marked human life. It has long played an important role in transport, whether ridden or used for pulling a chariot, carriage, horse-drawn boat, stagecoach, or tram. For many centuries, horses were primarily used in warfare. They have also been used for food. Indeed, horses have galloped through an important role in human life. Now, horses have also contributed an important product that was never thought will be used by men.

There have been a clamor for horse shampoos for many years now. There’s nothing so distinctively unusual about horse shampoos, except for the fact that it is used not by the quick and hard-kicking animals alone, but by men too. Horse shampoos that promises longer, thicker and shinier hair, and that it can even prevent hair loss some believed.

But can this shampoos really stop anyone from getting bald? Experts explained that horse shampoo only thickens the hair strands and do not stimulate hair growth. So why do people experience hair loss? Let us comb this issue strand by strand.

The hair’s normal cycle of growth lasts for two to six years. Each hair grows approximately one centimeter per month during this phase. About 90 percent of the hair on our scalp is growing at any one time. About 10 percent of the hair on the scalp, at any one time, is in a resting phase. After two to three months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place.

It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive hair loss. This type can affect men, women and children.

There are a number of things that can cause excessive hair loss. About 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, a patient may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

It is also related to aging, heredity, and testosterone. Hormonal problems may also cause hair loss. If the thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment of the thyroid disease. Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they’ve had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones.

Moreover, some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills, anti anxiety drugs and antidepressants.

Certain infections can cause hair loss too. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines. It may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

There are treatments that are available, depending on your type of hair loss. If a medicine is causing hair loss, a physician may be able to prescribe a different medicine. It is likely that your physician will ask you some questions about your diet and any medicines you’re taking. Recognizing and treating an infection and correcting a hormone imbalance may prevent further hair loss.

If there are no available treatment for a certain type of hair loss, one may consider trying different hairstyles or wigs, hairpieces, hair weaves or artificial hair replacement. Or why nor try to put a new life in a man’s head and try to get some pony’s tail.

Weight loss supplements buying tips

Weight loss supplements buying tips

American spends $50 billion every year on weight loss programs and diet pills. Unfortunately, 22% of this goes to fake weight loss products.

More and more people are facing the problem of obesity and a lot of them are resorting to weight loss supplements. While some people have benefited from these supplements, there are still a lot of people who are clueless on what type to buy. In the end, they are left frustrated without loosing a single pound.

Worry no more! Here are some proven tips to help out weight losers wannabes when buying diet pills in the market:

1. Before buying diet supplement, consult a doctor. There are weight loss supplements that are available only by prescription. Do not forget to tell the doctor about allergies to certain medication and health history.

2. For over the counter supplements, decide what kind to buy. There are numerous types available in the market today. Some are appetite suppressants while some help the body to absorb fat. Also, do not forget to check the ingredients and carefully read the labels to avoid serious side effects like high blood and heart valve lesions. Also, make sure it will not react negatively on any other medications that are currently being taken. It would also help to have it checked by the doctor before taking it.

3. Keep in mind that all weigh loss supplements, even those that are prescribed by doctors, carry risks. It is for this reason that all instructions must be followed carefully and religiously. Stop taking the supplements if unusual symptoms are being noticed.

4. Choose diet pills that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration agency of FDA. These products are monitored and carry minimum risks.

5. Beware of over the counter diet pills that contain Ma Huang. This is a strong stimulant that has been associated with death especially among professional athletes.

6. When purchasing online, make sure that all the weight loss supplements are sealed. Do not accept bottles that were tampered with.

7. Remember that dietary products that promise quick weight loss usually do not have the approval of FDA. Most of these products have severe side effects that lead to drastic weight loss.

8. Research the internet for diet pills that are proven to have side effects. For example, a Brazilian diet pill was recently sold in USA that contains drugs and chemicals like antidepressants, tranquilizers, and amphetamines. This pill was advertised as all natural but was proven dangerous to health.

9. Never buy Ephedra based supplements; they are deeply associated with strokes and death.

10. Look for supplements that contain essential nutrients like Omega fatty acids, B12, calcium, and liver oils which are very important especially to women.

11. Buy products that are endorsed or recommended by health professionals or body builders.

12. Do not depend on weight loss supplement alone. Eat healthy and exercise. Try working out in the gym for at least 3 times a week and get incredible results!

Weight loss supplements have been in the market for sometime now but their effects in the long run has not yet proven. People who are serious about losing weight must aid supplements with exercise and well balanced diet. This is the most effective way in shedding pounds the healthy way.