Slimming Products

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Slimming products abound on the market these days, promising fat burning, weight loss, and skin toning. Without delving into particular products or brands, the list of products is impressive and varied. These include the familiar low-fat enriched shakes and "fat-burning" pills and vitamin supplements.

However, other products have also come onto the market, such as slimming "patches" that release herbal or chemical substances into the body. These substances supposedly provide nutritional supplements, suppress the appetite. and burn fat. Other products include pills that claim to stimulate the metabolism stimulators, increase energy, block fat production (or absorb existing fat), and cut fat-causing carbohydrates.

Use Your Common Sense

It's true that slimming products can be a great help to dieters. However, use your common sense. Reputable companies that sell slimming products usually offer a disclaimer that the products themselves are to be used only as supplements to a complete weight loss program that includes a proper diet and plenty of exercise. It is not advisable to rely exclusively on slimming products to lose weight. Nor, as in the case of caffeine-containing diet pills and "metabolism boosters," should these products be used for a prolonged period of time.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of products out on the market that promise weight loss and "fat burning" miracles that can't happen--namely because many of these claims are scientifically and anatomically impossible. To give you an example, there is a soap that claims to make the user more slender by "penetrating the skin" and encouraging the disintegration of fat deposits. Unfortunately, soaps cannot really penetrate the skin and still be safe; nor has there been any proof that a soap, or any substance, for that matter, can be applied to the skin and go on to cause the breakdown of fat.

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