Health Coach's Advice on Diet Supplements

Published 06/18 2014 04:50PM

Updated 06/18 2014 04:55PM

TYRONE - When a senate committee investigating deceptive weight loss ads, grilled Dr Mehmet Oz about his support for products like green coffee beans, he told the panel he believes in the items.

The TV host also promised to publish a list of specific products he thinks can help you  shed pounds.

Seventy percent of Americans are overweight or obese and last year consumers spent nearly $2.4 billion on weight loss products and services

At Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center, Registered Nurse and Certified Health Coach Lannette Johnston says much of that is wasted money.
She said,"I think it's a way for people to scam you out of your money. I  believe they don't really care about you as a person. What they care about is your checkbook and if you're going to pay big money to try to lose weight, think about the money you could save if you don't buy those products and just make positive lifestyle choices with your diet and your physical activity."

According to Johnston, "there's no magic pill out there. There's no magic supplement out there that can make you lose weight. "

Instead, she recommends  portion control, avoiding high carbohydrate and high fat foods, and eating vegetables, fruits,  fish and lean meats.

Johnston says some supplements or fad diets can be dangerous, even leading to kidney failure or serious heart problems.

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