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ONTHEPATH2 SparkPoints: (155,228)
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10/16/13 9:39 A

Nope.... mainly because at some time you stop taking them and the results stop. Most likely you haven't changed eating habits and the pounds return. Been there done that!

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
10/16/13 9:37 A

As someone else mentioned - if there was a "magic pill," no one would be overweight. It just doesn't exist.

Anything might work temporarily, but as you've experienced, if you consider weight loss a "goal," meaning something you're going to stick with until you reach it and then stop... nothing you do (even popular weight-loss recommendations) is going to "work." The only answer is to adopt a new healthy lifestyle. You'll never change it - or, if you do, you're going right back to (and perhaps beyond) where you are.

I changed my diet, and I do use a lot of supplements for health reasons - not to boost weight loss. I feel better eating the way I do now, even though the speed of loss isn't what I would like it to be! I've still lost a lot of weight. My health is better, despite various challenges in that arena.

You already know the answer to your topic, here. Just find a nutritional plan that works for you and stick with it. Don't expect to go back to your unhealthy eating habits. That doesn't work, either!



SOFT_VAL67 Posts: 2,847
10/16/13 9:28 A

I tried one of those over the counter herbal deals once, and i must have taken one too many, because i was driving and i began to shake so bad and my heart began to palpitate, i had to pull off the road, i threw them away as soon as i got home.
stackers and stackers 2 and 3 as well, nothing but caffeine and other ingredients to run up ones bp and heart rate.
scary stuff.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (245,800)
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10/16/13 9:10 A

a former co-worker was selling supplements for one of those 'multi-level marketing' companies. She was also really dropping the weight! I'd say she lost 80 - 100 lbs. And she swore that the supplement was the only difference. She had less appetite, minimal cravings, and lots of energy. And the supplement was 'all natural' and full of vitamins (insert eye roll emote here!)

years later (when she found out about the damage to her heart) she confessed - she'd lost the weight on Fen Phen. Of course, she gained about half of the weight back. And she's done permanent damage to herself. And she LIED to so many of us that it was difficult to trust her again.

KIRSTENCO SparkPoints: (11,539)
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10/16/13 8:29 A

Herbalife has really worked for me...

RPS031764 SparkPoints: (176,408)
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10/15/13 10:19 P


ETHELMERZ Posts: 19,723
10/15/13 8:22 P

They all "work", "Deal A Meal" and "Weight Watchers" worked the best for me, and I maintained the longest after them.............but, it's like a lousy lover, if you aren't satisfied, you will go back to what you had/did before at some point, and one day, you will start another eating plan. Try to keep up your exercise, no matter what, that will help you a lot. Reality!

Edited by: ETHELMERZ at: 10/15/2013 (20:23)
BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
10/15/13 6:39 P

Weight Watchers, and honestly it was a good approach for me, I was very successful with weight loss and even managed to maintain for a good amount of time. I'd use it again, except I found Spark and I like Spark better. The premise behind both Spark and WW is the same - "Eat healthy" and "exercise."

I have never taken any sort of supplement, wrapped myself in any sort of fat-dissolving wrap, or attempted to ab-roller my way to 6-pack abs in only 30 seconds a day. I'm very skeptical and cynical when it comes to "weight loss products" as they almost invariably are selling nothing more than hopes and dreams...

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
10/15/13 6:06 P

supplements yes

MARYLIZ54120 Posts: 370
10/15/13 5:30 P

I agree about protein drinks. I am using Isagenix protein shakes and have had success. I also eat pretty clean for the other 2 to 3 meals during the day.

SOFT_VAL67 Posts: 2,847
10/15/13 4:55 P

I must say, I personally disagree about liquid protein. I have and still do daily use whey protein powder, I mix it for breakfast and I have lost 60 lbs in a year and I have had at least one shake a day.
I also walk and cut calories and exercise and drink alot of water and gave up soda and junk food, mostly and cut out alcohol, mostly.
But Pure Protein powder is a staple on my shopping list, I do swear by it.
Full of vitamins and I really do feel full longer and dont get hungry.
But what works for one might not for another.
I was told to get around 70 grams of protein a day and some of the body fortress and pure protein powders have up to 25 grams in one serving.
I agree, fish, chicken, turkey, and beans and cottage cheese are great sources of protein, but I truly believe the pure protein has made a difference for me.

10/15/13 4:54 P

Eating real whole foods and moderate exercise works.

10/15/13 4:47 P

Oh, I have tried, retired and tried again and they worked in the moment (Weight Watchers, TOPS, Quick Weight Loss, low carb, liquid Protein, Slim Fast and other assorted liquids, Dr Weight Loss with shots, saw a Nutritionist on two separate occasions, Diet Center, Lean Cuisine, etc. )!!! Wow, I am in awe of the list! But the thing or secret is these key is a lifestyle NOT a " diet"! There is no on and matter what you have choices and control...each food choice is a start....each choice equals a result...loss weight, maintain weight or gain weight! Stop rushing and work towards your choices and get healthy.
Use moderation, pick the best thing, exercise or just move...write it down...track what you do and learn from it! Keep what works for you! You can change things one at a time...add more veggies, then fruit, drink water...add more, lean meats, stay away from fried
foods, reduce fats, try new foods/recipes!
You can do it!

Edited by: MEWHENRYSMAMA at: 10/15/2013 (16:50)
MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,459
10/15/13 4:34 P

I've tried them and they didn't work.

Raspberry Ketone did nothing and Green Coffee bean did nothing for weight loss but did give me high blood pressure.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (245,800)
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10/15/13 12:42 P

glad to say I'm not quite as susceptible to that particular scam (though I have made a 'desperation' purchase or two). Mom has probably tried every single OTC 'diet' aid and most crash diets. And my sis has bought so many 'as seen on TV' exercise items.

I remember buying some OTC diet pill about 15 years ago that was all the rage. One of those increase your energy, decrease your appetite things. And it did work, but as soon as you stopped taking it - BOOM right back where you started (plus a few lbs, as always). You'd also build up tolerance, so you may have started out with 1 per day...then it's twice a day...then it's 2 pills twice a day. Whatever it was, it was pulled from the market because it could really get your heart rate revved up. I cannot recall the name, but it seems just about everybody was taking it at the time. I think it had some ingredient that started with a 'g' that was pulled by the FDA.

SOFT_VAL67 Posts: 2,847
10/15/13 12:28 P

I wasnt suggesting anything and I wasnt hoping for anything. I was just curious, as to how many people out there, like myself, have tried many different diets and many different supplements or pills and thrown their money away.
The diet and supplement industry is a multi billion dollar business, so, some of us must still be trying them.
I know the answer.
For me, its eating healthy and walking. Took me years to figure it out but I did.
I just know if people are honest, they are going to say, yes I have tried many, and some are still buying them.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (245,800)
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10/15/13 10:46 A

absolutely - as long as I supplement a proper diet with exercise...I get results

not what you were hoping for, but it's the truth.
I always go back to what Oprah said many years ago - she's one of the richest women in the world. If you could pay for something to make you thin, don't you think she'd be there?

OLGA18 SparkPoints: (22,616)
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10/15/13 10:14 A

Diet=What you eat.

I eat lots of fresh vegetables but I do tend to go with a higher protein "diet" because it seems to work better for me. I do not avoid carbs and I am a big fan of pasta and rice but I seem to burn through them quicker than proteins so that is why I opt for higher protein.
What is most important is that people develop the "diet" that is one they can live with. There is so much variety to be taken advantage of. I think we all know that there is no quick fix.
Even the "diets" and "supplements" that are sold all say the same thing: Eat healthy and exercise regularly. That's really the only "diet" you need! Good luck!

SOFT_VAL67 Posts: 2,847
10/15/13 9:46 A

i must have spent a small fortune on weight watchers, and at first i did lose weight. i remember one particular weigh in, where i lost around 7 pounds, i was elated.
but it didnt last.
going to weigh in on say a tuesday, i would overhear others describing how they could cheat.
so i learned all the ways to cheat.
and i cheated, and i would lose a pound, but it was probably the same pound over and over.
when they finally moved the closest meeting to me about 25 miles away, i decided it was no longer worth the long drive.
so i do still follow the points plan in some ways, i add it in with my regular plan, keeps me kind of in the right frame of mind.
i cant afford the gas to get there or the weekly fees.

10/15/13 9:37 A

Several years ago I joined Weight Watchers. It works if you use their guidelines. You can have any food or drink you want but you are limited by portion size. They also expect you to exercise. I didn't really think of it as a diet, more of a life style change. I lost 30lbs.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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10/15/13 9:27 A

Nope. The only thing that works in the long run is adopting a healthy lifestyle.

SOFT_VAL67 Posts: 2,847
10/15/13 9:25 A

I tried Bio-Slim once, dont even know if its still on the market, it was very expensive at the time and it consisted of two seperate bottles of pills, one being nothing more than a water pill.
However, I did lose weight, Maybe it was the fact that I was walkng and exercising for the first time in ages.
But in about 2 months I lost around 17 pounds.
And, like every other diet I stopped and gained it all back.
Has anyone ever tried a supplement or a certain diet and have real results???

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