Effectiveness depends on figuring out what is triggering the weight to begin with.

Most people will say they want to lose weight fast. They want a magic pill that helps melt fat and reduce inches without doing much of anything else. How wonderful would that be?

Are there healthy and safe weight loss pills available?

You may remember when the weight loss pill Fen-Phen was popular. Many people lost weight but the pills came with potentially negative side effects. People reported symptoms such as anxiety, heart palpitations and nausea. In some cases Fen-Phen was linked to lingering heart problems. And in any case, after they stopped taking the pill, the weight usually came back – because other factors where not addressed. The small amount of weight loss was not worth the risk.

There are pharmaceutical diet pills and there are weight loss supplements available. Which one is best?

glucomannan weight loss fiber

Studies consistently show that the fiber glucomannan, when combined with a healthy diet, can help people lose weight.

You need to understand that this often an experiment. One person will react differently than another. You could have side effects from both, but it less likely with high-quality weight loss supplements. Will they work?

Effectiveness depends on figuring out what is triggering the weight to begin with.

Weight gain could be genetic. If both your parents are overweight you have more of a potential for weight gain. But this doesn’t mean you won’t lose weight on an appropriate program. Other factors include food intolerance or allergies. Some food allergies may not even be evident. The only sign is weight gain. I like to also check out your digestion, thyroid and adrenal function. We also look at your sleep patterns, frequency of eating, and mental and emotional stress factors. Of course, lack of exercise plays a part of weight gain as well as too much exercise.

The safe way to approach weight loss is to work with a nutritionist. They may or may not recommend supplements. Often the safest most stable method is correct food choices, balanced meals with proteins, vegetables, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber, and some kind of exercise.

Jeri Evans Nutrition offers nutritional and weight management plans in Monrovia and Burbank CA.