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Are weight loss supplements recommended by nutritionists safe to consume?

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Published At October 22, 2023
Reviewed AtOctober 22, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I want to get your advice on some supplements suggested by a nutritionist for my weight loss program. I just wanted your opinion on whether these supplements are safe to consume. I am attaching the ingredients for you to check and advise. Please advise me so that I can start my program.

Thank you.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read your query and understand your concern. I will definitely advise you. However, I cannot see any attachment here. Could you please let me know the correct names of the supplements you have been told to consume in this program? Additionally, please mention your age and whether you have any medical issues or are just trying to lose healthy weight. This information will help me provide you with more accurate advice.

Regards.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thanks for the reply. I am 33 years old, with a weight of 135 pounds and a height of 5 feet. My main goal is to lose weight while considering my BMI. I have attached pictures of the supplements. Please advise whether I can consume them without any side effects on my body. I would be highly obliged. Thank you.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Thank you for the information (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Now, let us get to the point. I understand that your BMI (body mass index) is slightly higher, as ideally, for your height of 5 feet, you should be around 110 to 115 pounds. However, do not worry. You can achieve healthy weight loss by increasing your protein intake through your diet. Including protein-rich foods like chicken, fish, beans, eggs, green leafy veggies, legumes (all types of green beans), and nuts can help you in your weight loss journey. Along with a balanced diet, regular exercise or walking for at least 40 to 50 minutes a day will contribute to healthy weight loss. This is my suggestion for you. Regarding the pictures you have shared of your supplements, they contain hydrolyzed collagen, which is beneficial for skin and hair health and may have some impact on weight. There is no harm in taking these supplements; however, gaining dietary protein from the foods I listed will also help you gain lean mass and lose weight, especially when combined with regular exercise and walking. As for your future plans, are you married and planning a pregnancy soon, or is your primary goal to lose weight for your health? Depending on your purpose, I can provide further advice on whether you can continue with such supplements or not. Please provide the details.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thanks for the earlier reply. I am unmarried and just looking for a healthy but faster weight loss. As you said, I should consume more protein. I daily take one bowl of whole black chana, chickpeas, and sometimes moong dal, in sprouted and other forms, in one meal. Being a pure vegetarian, I cannot have chicken or fish, but I include legumes like chickpeas in my diet. Hence, I wanted to start a weight loss program with a healthy diet and these supplements. So, if you say these supplements are harmless, I can start with that. Please give your suggestion.

Thank you.

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

That is great. Here are a few more vegetarian items you can include in your diet that can help with weight loss. Vegetables with the most protein like broccoli, spinach, asparagus, artichokes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts. Make these a part of your regular diet, and try not to be very strict in only eating one kind of meal as you are currently doing. You can also include green peas, kidney beans, hemp seeds, chia seeds, spelt flour, or wheat-based items, and fruits like bananas, currants, kiwi, or strawberries are fine. Oatmeal or breakfast cereals, soy and soy milk, or almond milk can also be consumed. All of these are pure plant-based protein sources.

Regarding the supplements, I feel you can obtain the required collagen for weight loss from these foods alone. However, if you are part of a weight loss program and following their recommendations, then it is fine to take those supplements. There is no harm from those supplements, especially given that you are not married yet. So, they are okay to use. Do not worry. I hope this information helps. If you have any doubts during the program, do not hesitate to ask as some people may experience different effects during weight loss training.

Regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop
Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Dentistry

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