The Role of Dietary Aids in Weight Loss

Many of us have seen the late night infomercials talking about the latest weight loss drug that works miracles and gives you the beach body you always wanted. They make claims that you don’t need to change your lifestyle, just pop the pill and you will lose inches within weeks. Even though the commercials are made to sell a product, there is a role for dietary aids in weight loss.

Proper Use of Dietary Aids:

The Role of Dietary Aids in Weight Loss
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One mistake many people make is overuse or improper use of dietary aids. As with any product, there are instructions for use that should be followed. Whether they are to be taken once a day or twice a day, proper use can increase its effectiveness.

Many dietary aids come with mild side effects that can increase if overused. For instance a rapid heart rate, higher blood pressure, cramping, diarrhea, and headaches are just a few side effects. When taken properly these are mild and often temporary. However, when taken improperly these side effects can be magnified and cause extreme discomfort or worse.

Combining Diet Pills and Exercise:

Even the advertisements that claim you don’t “have to” exercise will often suggest you exercise for increased success. This turns a diet pill into a dietary aid as it aids you in weight loss when combined with exercise. Many diet pills will also have caffeine and vitamins that will boost your energy levels in order for you to get active.

Combining diet pills and exercise will offer the best results. The combination will help you work on your weight loss from the outside in. Many of the pills on the market are fat burners that realistically will only shed a few pounds, however if you combine them with exercise, you will see better results much quicker as well as increase your metabolism to assist in burning calories.

Dietary Aids and a Proper Diet:

One of the largest falsities claimed by dietary aid manufacturers is the claim that you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight. These claims are made because their product works by blocking fat absorption. Unfortunately this may also stop absorption of vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Therefore, a proper diet in conjunction with these pills is highly suggested.

To increase success, you should eat the proper amount of fruits, vegetables, meats and grains. Taking a pill and eating a 16″ pizza won’t offer the same results as eating a broiled chicken breast with a size of broccoli. If you are planning to start a dietary aid, change the way you eat at the same time in order to get the most out of the diet pills.

Whether you choose a fat blocker or an appetite suppressant, diet pills are a temporary source of added weight loss. After 6-8 months, the body builds a tolerance to most pills and you may see the weight return. However, proper diet and exercise while using the dietary aids will increase weight loss as well as get you into a healthier lifestyle for when the pills stop working.

Kathy Bowen is a weight loss blogger and dietary consultant who suggests visiting to find out how dietary aids can increase weight loss.