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Dietary Supplements For Weight Loss?

Thomas, Paul R. EdD, RD

Nutrition Today:

Overweight Americans spend billions of dollars on over-the-counter supplements to rid themselves of unwanted fat and keep it off. Yet the scientific evidence, limited as it is, suggests that these products won't help individuals achieve their weight-loss goals. The marketers and promoters of these supplements use testimonials, “qualified” health claims, and other tactics to convince us otherwise and supersize their sales.

In Brief

A masterful review of efficacy, safety and cost

Author Information

Paul R. Thomas, EdD, RD, is a nutrition educator who specializes in the study and evaluation of dietary supplements.

Correspondence: Paul R. Thomas, EdD, RD, 11905 Bristol Manor Court, Rockville, MD 20852 (e-mail:

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