Weight-Loss Supplements Frenzy

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Statistics published by experts from the University of Hertfordshire have shown that 30% of gym-goers in the United Kingdom take some form of drug or dietary weight-loss supplements to help them drop pounds.

An even more worrying finding was that 5% of people who regularly go to the gym have gone further by taking an illegal substance, amphetamine. While most cyclists avoid visiting gyms, body image and weight gain is a common issue among the cycling fraternity.

Early findings showed that 31% of gym-goers took products to lose weight, while 47% used them to reach their fitness goals. The most widely used products for weight loss were protein supplements (58%) and herbal products (34%), such as guarana, which is present in a number of energy bars and gels.

Nearly half of respondents bought these products online, and considered the Internet as a reliable source of information. As social media continues to grow and accessibility to fitness research papers and journals becomes easier, today many people are becoming ‘self experts,’ which is a worrying fact.

Weight loss should always be done carefully and achieved through safe protocols—regular exercise and correct nutrition. Almost always, weight-loss supplements aren’t necessary, and if they are, they should be given and administered by health experts—not through self-diagnosis by using the Internet.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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