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Your Body: The Risks of Weight Loss Supplements

By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Summertime is here and your body may not be, shall we say, swimsuit ready.

If you’re looking for a quick-fix through weight loss supplements, buyer beware -- times a million!

If weight loss supplements are working, they are working like an actual drug, so you seriously need to ask yourself, “What are the risks?”

And we might not know the answer to those questions, so you might lose weight but what else is happening? Is it damaging your liver? Is it damaging your kidney? Is it not giving you the metabolic foundation that you actually need?

Bottom line: If you’re looking for a quick fix to weight loss, there’s no secret sauce here. It’s the hard work which all of us struggle with. It’s largely the laws of physics: In versus out -- sadly.

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