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.
A masterful review of efficacy, safety and cost
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: TheDietarySupplement@earthlink.net).