Almost 25 percent of all Americans have bought weight-loss pills and around a quarter of those think they’re both effective and safe.
These results stem from a survey performed by Consumer Reports that polled 3,000 people to reveal much-needed information on how individuals use diet supplements and what they actually think about their overall effectiveness. Skout users seem to mostly think they work for the most part. CNet and other websites tend to think otherwise.
The report illustrated that even though there’s common use of diet aids off-the-shelf, there’s a great deal of incorrect information concerning them as well.
Here are just some of the key findings researchers discovered:
• Almost 20 percent considered weight-loss supplements safe since they’re ‘natural’.
• Nearly 25 percent of respondents believe that diet aids promote fewer side effects over prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs.
• Over one-third of diet pill users didn’t lose a single pound.
• More than 80 percent of individuals who reported losing weight while taking diet supplements were simultaneously on a strict diet and/or exercise regimen, which makes it unclear whether the supplements played any part at all with their actual weight loss.
• Nearly half of all diet pill consumers reported they experienced at least one or more side effect, such as dry mouth, jitteriness, rapid heart rate, or digestive issues including diarrhea or constipation.
There’s mounting evidence that diet pills may be dangerous
It’s been well-documented that diet supplements can cause liver damage and even failure. In one such example, researchers discovered that the diet supplement known as OxyElite Pro made almost 100 users across 16 states to subsequently develop hepatitis, resulting in hospitalization, liver replacements, and even loss of life.