Adding more vegetables gives you more vitamins than a vitamin tablet, for a lot less money. Veggies also fill you up and suppress appetite, like expensive prescription appetite suppressants. So $5 worth of cabbage, carrots, peppers, etc will take the place of $20-$100 worth of other "products," and have a higher likelihood of actually helping you to lose weight.
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I occasionally use Alli (Orlistat), and carb blockers. I also take raspberry ketones, green tea supplements, and Oxylean (thermogenic). I'm a good little consumer!! I have to do my share in keeping the multi-billion diet insdustry alive. :/
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Invest in a digital kitchen scale and measuring cups/spoons.
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No I drink water, eat sensibly, exercise and get 6.5 hrs of sleep per night
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Nothing other than a multi-vitamin. I also didn't use any "traditional diet" to lose weight. I ate less and moved more. I adopted more and more healthy habits over the duration of my weight loss which eventually led to a drastic change to a much healthier lifestyle.
No, nothing more than good healthy food, plenty of exercise, water and a positive attitude. I think you have to trust your body to lose weight at the pace that is right for you and not try to rush it by using products that claim to help. They could be counter productive
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I wouldn't recommend using ANY products to help lose weight, other than health food, portion control and exercise.
Please be aware that a lot of supplements aren't properly monitored and many are imported with some unknown things in them - some of which have been known to be harmful. ALSO, even common OTC supplements can cause problems. As an example, Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements seems pretty innocent, BUT there are times when a person shouldn't take them. They can interact with some common medications, and some of those interactions can be serious. If a person gets too much calcium in their diet, THAT can cause problems, too, and taking it within a couple hours either side of certain medications can cause problems.
I guess what I am saying is, if you are planning on taking anything, even OTC supplements, talk with your Dr first to determine if you really need them, or they are are contra-indicated.
As far as 'diets' are concerned, this journey isn't a diet. It is merely a healthy lifestyle, and the best way to go about that is to start with baby steps. Just change one or two things to start with, and allow your mind/body to get used to those changes before adding something else to the mix. This isn't about a quick fix, so don't expect or aim for fast changes. That generally causes a person to either fall off the wagon because of deprivation or boredom, OR when you reach your goal, you go back to eating as you were before you started this journey. My maxim is "Do it once and do it right"
No I have not used any products to either lose the weight, or maintain it. I've gone strictly by what/ how much I eat, and the exercise I get. The Nutrition Tracker has been the number one tool for me. All the over-the-counter products like raspberry ketones etc-- those are not regulated and they can put... whatever into the bottles. Doesn't have to be any raspberry ketones at all in there, and they can still say it on the label. I'm not about to give up my hard-earned money to a bunch of shysters just looking to make a buck off people's desperation to lose weight.
That said, there are some drugs used by medical professionals, which you use under medical supervision, for a limited amount of time-- for those people who are morbidly obese. BUT I can say that my neighbor was on a program like that, and she lost weight on it. She did NOT however, truly make a lifestyle change and learn about a balanced diet and good nutrition. When her weight loss slowed down (because she was eating a lot of crap), they refused to give her any more prescriptions for the stuff, and she gained all the weight back plus more. So even with stuff like that, you really need to be committed to a lifestyle change and therefore changing the way you eat, for the rest of your life.
Why not give the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers here on Spark a go? There are tons of articles on good nutrition, plus recipes and exercise videos and really, all the tools you need.
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Hi, I was just wondering if anyone here uses any products on top of traditional diets? anything that you could recommend?
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