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Diet Talk from the Doc

by Dr.Diet, Diet.com's Medical Director

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Seventy percent of dieters follow their own diet plan and have no interest in seeking a doctor’s help, according to a new survey. In addition, one third of dieters surveyed were found to have tried dietary supplements and half of the people surveyed were surprised to learn that supplements are not required to be tested by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

70 percent of dieters go solo, with no doctor, survey finds
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Dr. Diet weighs in:

Though this survey was sponsored by a company that makes a weight loss medication (not a supplement) that will soon be approved for over-the-counter use, I think it still brings up many interesting points.

Dieters are spending (or really wasting) their money on dietary supplements that are unproven to work and in addition they’re not seeking the medical help that could monitor them for supplement side effects and potentially give them the accountability they need to succeed in their weight loss efforts.

I’m strongly in favor of encouraging dieters to partner with others and get support " either from their personal physician, a registered dietitian, an online diet buddy, a walking partner, an employee sponsored weight loss group, an online weight loss challenge like the ones we have here at diet.com " or any combination of these.

The more support and positive encouragement people have, the more likely their motivation will stay high and they’ll stay focused on their program.

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