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Wrong Way to Lose Weight

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Many Texomans are hitting the gym to gain some muscle and lose some unwanted weight, but that can be very difficult.  Instead, many people look for some type of help from diet pills and protein supplements, which can have some negative side effects.

"There are a lot of risks associated with diet pills.  You have to be very, very careful, especially if you have underlying medical conditions.  You have to be very careful with all of the muscle supplements.  There are potential side effects for all of those, including rapid heart rate and chest pains," said Nurse Practitioner Misty Montellano. 

Montellano recommends people check with their primary care provider before taking any pills or supplements.  They would be able to tell you if a substance was dangerous for you.

Not eating isn't a healthy option to lose weight either. 

"Your body requires calories. You have to have calories to survive," said Montellano.

Starving yourself can have a wide range of side effects. If can prohibit you from doing everyday things effectively and carefully.  It can also do some permanent damage to your organs. 

"Not having enough calories can damage your internal organs.  We could see damage to your liver or stomach lining," said Montellano.

If your aren't sure if you are eating or exercising right, click here for tips.

James Parish, Newschannel 6