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What Is It?

Rapid Weight Loss

You’ve been told that good things come to those who wait all your life. As long as you eventually stay within the lines, obey the rules, take your time, and work hard—for months, years, decades—you’ll see results.

Does Rapid Weight Loss Work

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does regulate dietary supplements; however, it treats them like foods rather than medications.

The FDA also does not regulate claims made by over-the-counter weight loss products. Unlike drug manufacturers, the makers of supplements don’t have to show their products are safe or effective before selling them on the market. This means that dietary supplements do not need approval from FDA before they are marketed.
Aside from the very low-calorie diet and weight loss surgery, no other product, pill, or diet has been proven to work for fast weight loss.

Steps Involved

Most rapid weight loss pitches fall into these categories

Starvation Diets

Beyonce popularized the so-called "master cleanse" diet: water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper

Pills and Supplements

Dozens of diet supplements promise to speed weight loss. Generally, they claim either to block the absorption of nutrients, or increase metabolism.

Low-Calorie Diets

One proven method of rapid weight loss is the medically supervised very low-calorie diet (VLCD).

Body Composition

Tanita's "Segmental" Scale Provides Body Composition, BMI, and BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).