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The international congress on obesity is in full swing in Stockholm, regrouping the worlds health and nutrition experts in one place.

Yesterday two studies presented there made the headlines, as they proclaimed that the slimming supplements they tested were no more effective than placebos. Predictably the media pounced on the story!

But is that really the case?

The media love sensational stories, at the end of the day this is what sells papers and brings up the ratings. But there are two key points that the press havent mentioned:

-The first study lead by Dr Thomas Ellrott from the University of Gottingen medical school, tested 9 supplements which have not been named, to 189 obese or overweight middle aged consumers.

Not only have the products not been made public, but the testing method does not take into consideration the needs of the test subjects (was their weight problem due to large portion sizes, low metabolism level, lack of physical exercise), nor does it state whether the participants to the trial were encouraged to do moderate exercise as is recommended for most slimming products.

Taking a random product, without any effort will not yield any results, no need to test this!

-The second study lead by Dr Igho Onakpoya of the Peninsula medical school at the University of Exeter and Plymouth UK was a systematic review of all systematic reviews of clinical trials on weight loss supplements.

In other words, the study looked into the results of clinical trials of competing weight loss supplements. Did I say competing? Yes I did! What the press didn’t mention was that Dr Igho Onakpoya is sponsored by an unrestricted grant from GlaxoSmithKline, which makes the obesity drug Orlistat used in Ali.

So what does work?

Well there is no magic bullet, but by understanding the reasons behind your weight gain, you can take positive actions which will lead to losing weight. Weight loss supplements do work, but you need to pick the right one for you and make positive changes to your diet, and do moderate exercise daily (nothing hardcore, 30 minutes of brisk walking a day is a great start!).

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