by Jessica Smith, REDBOOK
You see ads for them constantly-all touting the alluring promise of rapid weight loss in a pill. But do over the counter (OTC) diet pills really work? And is it safe to take them? We asked experts to weigh in on the reality of those pill promises.
Do they work?
"Diet pills do offer support for many people trying to lose weight. However, most of my clients who report benefits (from taking diet pills) have them only short-term, and the regain more weight than they have lost with in a few weeks following cessation of the medication," says Lisa Cohn, a registered dietitian, and president of Park Avenue Nutrition in New York City. "And while some pills may help suppress appetite, they don't do anything to promote long-term weight loss. Without nutrition education, dietary changes, and skills for self-management-the pill approach is sure to fail once it is stopped. The business of losing weight includes selling pills, not addressing the basis ofRead More »from Do Any Diet Pills Actually Work? Experts Weigh In