Diet Pills – Do they work? Are they safe? Which one should I use?

Written by Mike West

Diet Pills arerepparttar fastest growing segment ofrepparttar 137086 dietary supplement industry. Sales of diet pills and related supplements have been increasing 10 to 20 percent annually torepparttar 137087 point where last year they reached $2 billion. Consideringrepparttar 137088 fact that 60% ofrepparttar 137089 U.S. population are overweight or obese, it’s no wonder that several of us are looking for a way to drop extra pounds. Diet pill ads are starting to pop up everywhere, particularly onrepparttar 137090 internet, but before you go out and buyrepparttar 137091 latest greatest pill, do some research.

HOW DO DIET PILLS WORK? Most overrepparttar 137092 counter diet pills work by increasing your body’s energy expenditure. One ofrepparttar 137093 most common ingredients (caffeine) raises your metabolism by increasingrepparttar 137094 breakdown of fatty acids and therefore reducing appetite. This increase in energy and decrease in appetite is a great combination for burning fat.

WHAT’S IN THESE DIET PILLS? In late 2003, based on evidence that it caused heart attacks, Ephedrine was banned as an ingredient in diet pills. Diet pills now generally contain a mixture of vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folic acid) and of course caffeine or any number of herbs. With any supplement, herb, or medication,repparttar 137095 best advice is to READ THE LABEL. (As of April 14, 2005- The year old FDA ban on Ephedra has been lifted. The matter has been sent back torepparttar 137096 FDA for reevaluation – Source: Yahoo News)

Staying Toned After Weight Loss

Written by Michael Lewis

Staying Toned After Weight Loss ------------------------------- Following significant weight loss, it is vital to have an exercise routine to keep your muscles firm and help to tightenrepparttar skin. One ofrepparttar 137019 biggest drawbacks to significant weight loss isrepparttar 137020 flabby skin that is visible that often can take months to disappear.

Firstrepparttar 137021 pectoral muscles -------------------------- First of all, we recommend performing any exercise that worksrepparttar 137022 pectoral muscles will help tonerepparttar 137023 chest, but be careful not to do exercises that workrepparttar 137024 breasts directly. Breasts are not muscle tissue, they are fatty tissue, and therefore do not respond to weightlifting or resistance exercise of any type. In cases whererepparttar 137025 breasts are small, toningrepparttar 137026 pectoral muscles will liftrepparttar 137027 chest and possibly repparttar 137028 breasts along with it, but if there is a lot of breast tissue,repparttar 137029 exercises will not lift it. This tissue may disappear over time, or it may not. Your only option would be surgery.

How much will my skin tighten? ------------------------------ How much your skin will tighten depends on your age, length of timerepparttar 137030 skin was stretched and how much it was stretched, how much weight you lost (and to some degree how fast you lost it),repparttar 137031 amount of elastin in your skin, and genetics. Exercise can help as it will tightenrepparttar 137032 skin, plus it will tighten and tone muscles underrepparttar 137033 skin, which can have an affect on your appearance. We generally ask people to wait 8-12 months to see how muchrepparttar 137034 skin tightens. If after this timerepparttar 137035 skin is unacceptably loose, then surgery may need to be considered to correct it. In some of these cases, when it is deemed a health risk, insurance may coverrepparttar 137036 surgery.

What about my stomach? ---------------------- Forrepparttar 137037 stomach,repparttar 137038 bottom line to weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume. If you eat 2,000 calories in a day and only burn 1,500, you're going to gain weight. On repparttar 137039 other hand, if you eat 1,500 and burn 2,000, you'll be in caloric deficit by 500 calories. Given that scenario, at repparttar 137040 end ofrepparttar 137041 week, that would be 3,500 calories, and 3,500 calories equals one pound.

Diet and exercise ----------------- The combination of modifying your diet and exercise is a good plan. Aerobic exercise will burn lots of calories and help you stay healthy and fit (independent of body weight), and resistance exercise will tone, strengthen, and increase your muscle mass. More muscle mass is important for weight control because it isrepparttar 137042 engine on your body that burns calories. Not only that, but when you lose weight, you can lose up to 25% of your weight from muscle, so you want to keep as much of it as you can.

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