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Consider The Facts Before Taking Weight Loss Pills

Consider The Facts Before Taking Weight Loss Pills
by: Todd Brenner, MD
Are you struggling with weight loss? If diet and exercise have left you scratching your head, have you considered weight loss pills to help you lose weight?

You are not alone. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported that nearly two thirds of Americans are overweight. Many of these overweight people turn to weight loss pills to help them battle the bulge.

Being overweight is a risk factor for many chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. It also has detrimental effects on self-esteem and confidence. For these many reasons, you may consider weight loss pills to help you lose weight.

If you have tried conventional methods for weight loss, you may find weight loss pills very tempting. When considering weight loss pills, the old adage of 'buyer beware' holds true. Be sure to avoid products that make outrageous claims. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Some exceptions would be "pure form" weight loss pills that have been clinically proven such as Ephedra. In fact, the Ephedra ban was lifted in April of this year and is now available to the public once again at

Consider the following questions when evaluating the many weight loss pills available:

·Can I access clinical research on the weight loss pills? ·How much weight do you want to lose and how fast? ·What are the side effects of the weight loss pills? ·Should I go the all natural route or take a prescription? ·How long can weight loss pills safely be taken?

Consult your Doctor about weight loss pills and discuss the following:

·Your complete medical history ·Ask for a medical examination ·Discuss your weight loss options, including weight loss pills ·Ask about the side effects of weight loss pills ·Arrange a follow-up appointment if you choose to take weight loss pills

If you've decided that weight loss pills are right for you, follow these safety measures:

·Take the weight loss pills exactly as noted on the label ·Follow a healthy eating and exercise program ·If you experience side effects, inform your doctor ·Visit your doctor after taking weight loss pills the first month to assess it's progress ·If the weight loss pills aren't working - stop taking them!

Following the steps above should help you make an informed decision regarding the right weight loss pill for your body type and desired results. The first real step in any weight loss program starts first with the conscious decision to do something about it. For more information about weight loss, diet supplements, and regulatory changes concerning Ephedra, visit
About the Author

Todd Brenner is currently the Executive Vice President of Fitness By Design. He serves on the board for A Healthier America and has 18 years of nutritional experience and natural healing. He holds a Masters in Business from University of Louisville. Copyright ©2005

Aerobic Cross Training for Weight Loss

Aerobic Cross Training for Weight Loss
Do you sometimes get bored with your aerobic exercise? Do You sometimes feel like you're not getting the results you should from your aerobic exercise? If so, then aerobic cross-training is for you.

Aerobic cross-training refers to using two to three different types of aerobic exercise during an exercise session. For example, if you plan to exercise for 60 minutes, you might start with 20 minutes of walking or jogging, followed by 20 minutes of biking, and finish with 20 minutes of rowing.

Now, please don't get the impression that you have to be in great shape to do this or that it has to be 60 minutes long. You can start with something as simple as a ten minute walk followed by ten minutes with an exercise video. This is cross-training too. You can gradually build up from there.

Here are some of the exercises you can use in your cross-training program; walking, jogging, biking, rowing, stair climbing, swimming, exercise videos, etc. Any combination of aerobic exercises will do. You simply go from one to the next with very little time between them.