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GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (260,513)
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7/28/13 2:36 P

Sensa didn't work at all for me.
Alli did, but you have to be very careful not to eat fat, which is why it works.

SPERRIN2012 SparkPoints: (181,188)
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7/28/13 7:40 A

Never been a big fan

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7/27/13 11:05 P

I've tried every supplement Dr Oz has said will make you lose weight: resveratrol, green coffee been extract, gardenia cambodia, and raspberry keytones. I've watched his show when he has had "scientists" claim these supplements will help you lose up to two pounds a week without dieting, None of them work it just becomes a way for companies to take advantage of desperate people with auto-ship and auto-charge. Make sue if you buy one of these supplements it's not on auto charge. Lisa P.S. None have worked for me!

LYNNBAUM Posts: 3,733
7/25/13 9:15 A

You really said something that is so true when you gave the big heads up of
- buy it in a store, not via internet. Sensa signs you up for "autoship" and auto-charges your credit card-

This whole CC auto ship thing is like leaving your wallet open to the world. I think the autoship puts you in more danger than taking the diet pills.

I expect the advertisers to come out with -get a second bottle free, just pay separate S & H.

SCHEALTHNUTT SparkPoints: (49,055)
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6/25/13 5:20 P

waste of money

BUSYGRANNY5 SparkPoints: (516,030)
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6/25/13 4:19 P

There's some really great advice being offered here! Just want to say I AGREE 100%... there are no magic pills or quick fixes for living a healthy lifestyle... start small... and build...

MLAN613 Posts: 17,968
6/25/13 4:13 P

Also, remember you didn't gain the weight overnight. It's not going to come off overnight either. And, as the others said, no pills can help speed up the process. If you want to spend money on something that will help you lose, invest in a digital food scale ($20-$30 at places like Target), some measuring spoons and cups, and a pair good walking shoes.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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6/25/13 4:07 P

I agree with the other posters -- save your money as they don't work no matter how much they promise to would need to do their programs for the rest of your life in order to see something change

ZENANDNOW SparkPoints: (68,476)
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6/22/13 9:43 A

Save your money $$...OTC diet products don't work. As another poster stated...if they did work, there would be no obesity crisis. I've never bought or taken OTC diet products (nor Rx ones either).

The best way to lose weight is to simply not eat so much, and get some exercise on a regular basis. emoticon

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
6/22/13 9:33 A

Just chiming in again to say that I love Anarie's comment on carrying a little container of cinnamon or paprika to sprinkle on things throughout the day.

This sounds vastly more healthy, in my opinion, than sprinkling maltodextrin, which spikes my blood sugar.

Not an expert on anything but do know that cinnamon is reputed to have blood sugar benefits so adding it in a tiny amount for me seems like a good idea.

ICEANGEL0531 Posts: 1,858
6/22/13 9:17 A

I just read this:
"You didn't need a pill to make you , why would you need one to get unfat?" If diet supplements worked we would not need SP & obesity would not be a major health problem in this country.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (237,334)
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6/22/13 3:31 A

It is quite possible that you may be trying to get the appropriate calories but not be paying much attention to how they are comprised.

As an example, by using my tracker and analyzing it, I discovered that I NEED a higher carb intake for breakfast, but not any old carb! For me, the more filling/lasting ones are in the form of Oats with Bakers Bran added, and 1/2 cup Soy Milk, some of which is in a cup of tea, and banana. If I have quality high fibre/protein Toast with banana and yoghurt, and a cuppa, I am hungry pretty quickly after, AND have consumed more calories. By dinner time, my protein consumption gets higher - but for me, lean meat is more filling than protein from lentils or beans, which I still have to boost my fibre.

Just play around and see if you can discover a pattern, and improve on it because it is NOT a one-size-fits-all when it comes to healthy, filling foods.


DWROBERGE Posts: 334,935
6/22/13 2:26 A


LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (81,594)
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6/22/13 2:02 A

KMITCHAM....I am wondering if your Nutrition tracker and Calorie Range are set up correctly! To be over the day's calories by lunchtime....that's quite a bit of food really....
You might want to double check that you have a reasonable goal for both weight loss and the date to accomplish it by---remember--only 1-2 lbs a week is best! If you have a lot to lose, perhaps your range is actually too small for your current weight and activity level....

If you share some of that information with folks, there are some really good people on here who can help you check if its reasonable!!

Good Luck!!

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 6/22/2013 (02:04)
EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
6/22/13 1:49 A

Diet pills don't work. Period. And even if they do, they're unhealthy! There are no shortcuts!

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
6/22/13 1:06 A

I second the notion of protein loading at breakfast - it certainly helps me. It also helps to have some fats - maybe greek yogurt made with whole milk rather than fat free or so chicken breakfast links.

Get plenty of water early in the day, too; you can be dehydrated from going 8 hours without consuming liquids and not even realize it.

Finally, breathe some fresh air and get your limbs moving - it really does help and is worth the time it takes. Good luck.

ANARIE Posts: 13,174
6/21/13 6:35 P

Lipozene is fiber and caffeine. (And is defending itself against a lawsuit for false claims right now.) Sensa is maltodextrin (a type of starch that's used to give bulk to powdered sweeteners and such) with colorings and flavors.

And that's the way it is with most OTC "diet" products. They're regular household items repackaged and sold at many, many times their value.

You can pay however much lipozene costs, or you can stir a teaspoon of Metamucil into a cup of coffee every morning. Neither will do much to help you lose weight, but the coffee at least has some antioxidants and doesn't cost too much.

You can pay however much Sensa costs, or you can carry a little container of cinnamon and one of paprika in your purse and NEVER eat anything without sprinkling it. That's how Sensa "works"-- if you have to sprinkle powder on your food before you eat it, you stop a minute and reconsider. (Seriously, who's going to let people see them sprinkle "diet powder" on a jelly donut?)

If you do decide to try one of these, buy it in a store, not via internet. Sensa signs you up for "autoship" and auto-charges your credit card, and it's next to impossible to get it stopped. Even if it's a "XX-day free trial," it's only free if you return it within XX days of when you ORDERED, not when you got it, so you might not even get to try it before the trial period is up, and you get stuck paying inflated shipping costs both ways. Plus, if they ship the next month's shipment before you cancel, they won't remove that charge.

And as others have said, all these products only claim to work "together with healthy diet and exercise." If you skip them, you can save your money for things that will help you with the healthy diet and exercise.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
6/21/13 6:34 P

There are no magic pills in life. What gets us where we want to be is persistence, sanity and hard work ... in my opinion.

OTC diet supplements might, moreover, be dangerous, especially as no one buying them can REALLY be 100 percent certain what is in them.

Personally, I'd give them a miss.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (192,827)
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6/21/13 3:02 P


If Lipozene or Sensa really worked the way they say they do, we wouldn't have an obesity problem in the US. It would be nice if I could take a pill and the weight magically dropped off. However, weight loss isn't that simple. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a change. Change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Instead of looking for a pill, to solve your problem, why not start by making some simple changes first ? Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals. then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. No pills. No gimics. No quick fixes. It's all about making a few simple changes we CAN stick with. Because no one ever became a healthy eater overnight.

Making small changes, learning healthier eating habits, learning portion control and moderation.... that's the Spark People way. It might not be glamorous, but it works.

BEEBEA SparkPoints: (47,115)
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6/21/13 2:52 P

I've never tried diet pills, but the thing I find that helps me get jump started with my weight loss is eating a really big breakfast with more protein but also some carbs (like greek yogurt, oatmeal, and some fruit. Or eggs and an english muffin with peanut butter). Sometimes it feels hard to "use" that many calories so early in the day, but it really, really does help!! I don't get the afternoon munchies that way. :)

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,085
6/21/13 1:43 P

I'd save your money. Some of those products might help while you're taking them, but as soon as you stop the weight comes right back. The way to lose weight and keep it off for good is through a healthy diet and regular exercise- no magic pills needed.

If you'd like to share more info about the kinds of things you're eating, we can probably make suggestions to help.

Coach Jen

07SOJO Posts: 1,652
6/21/13 12:48 P

I've never tried Lipozene. I tried Sensa just to see if it would help curb my appetitie. Didn't do a thing for me. I think I just have to do it the good old fashioned way by eating better (less and more healthy stuff) and working out!

6/21/13 12:47 P

Please---has anything ever worked? I was wondering specifically about liposene and sensa. I am trying but usually by lunch I am over the calorie count for the day and thought perhaps one those would give me the boost I need to really get started....please share your thoughts and recommendations.
Thanks, emoticon

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