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6 Myths (and Facts) About Weight-Loss Supplements

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If it's too good to be true...

The not-so-secret dream of everyone who’s ever tried to shed extra weight is that they could do so just by popping a pill. “What I hear most from my clients is that they want something easy, a quick fix,” says Dee Sandquist, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association based in Portland, Ore. “They all want that magic pill—but there isn’t one.” Dieters could be forgiven for thinking there might be a simple solution, though, with the hundreds of products out there claiming to offer a slimmer, leaner body in a bottle of colorful capsules.

Here’s a look at six common myths about diet supplements. Once you’ve learned the truth behind each, you’ll be on your way to a better, healthier path to lasting weight loss with a realistic plan that really works.

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