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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,406
10/28/13 1:16 P

It's not against the rules. It is really frowned upon to take OTC supplements

I will save you the trouble and money. Over the counter diet pills don't work. Sadly I know this from personal experience/

ANARIE Posts: 13,179
10/28/13 10:40 A

SparkPeople doesn't have "rules." It's not like the Boy Scouts where you sign up, pay dues, go to meetings where you recite their pledge, and can be thrown out if you don't do what they say. SparkPeople is more like the pick-up basketball game at the park. When you come in and say you want to play but you can't because you don't have Air Jordans, the kids who've been playing for years say, "Naah, that doesn't matter. Look at Jimmy; he's wearing tennis shoes from Family Dollar and he's doing great." If you say, "No matter how hard I try, I just can't get the ball in the basket," they say, "Well, try not throwing the ball with both hands straight over your head. It usually works better if you put your left hand under the ball and use your right hand to aim. Look, see how Sally does it?"

But the game that we're playing is healthy weight loss. From experience and general knowledge, we know that products sold as diet pills just don't work. They don't contribute to weight loss at all. If you come to the basketball court wearing cleats and want to shoot hoops with a football, at first the other kids will say, "No, that's not going to work. See, the points on that ball get caught in the net, and the shape means it just can't make the right kind of parabolic arch for your shots to work on a basketball court that's so much shorter than a football field. And those shoes are going to trip you and hurt you." If you don't listen and you keep coming back with the football and trying to convince other people they should spend money on pads and helmets (which your uncle just happens to sell), eventually someone is going to stop, look at you, and say, "Why are you even here if you don't want to play basketball? If you want football, go join the Pop Warner league."

So that's it. It's not about "rules;" it's about whether you're interested in doing what this site is set up to do, or whether you're trying to play "Diet pill shuffle" in the middle of the "Eat healthy and exercise" game.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
10/28/13 10:14 A

Spark has no power to make rules about what people ingest or don't ingest, but the article cited in this thread has good information.

Personally, I am not a fan of weight loss pills, even those endorsed or prescribed by the medical community.

The best pill for me as far as weight loss has been to eat less, move more.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 11,135
10/28/13 9:58 A

I would never take anything that supposedly helps you lose weight. I think they are too risky and the results are doubtful. Just my opinion.

KELLY_SP SparkPoints: (137,888)
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10/28/13 9:29 A


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LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
10/27/13 7:05 P

You can take whatever you want.
If you want to post about taking diet supplements or recommend a supplement to others here that might be against the community guidelines.

"All SparkPeople diet advice has been approved by a Registered Dietician because it is considered to be a serious health issue. Because of this, please be careful about what you recommend to others, as it could be dangerous if you go outside of medically-accepted boundaries. We encourage members to help each other using the SparkPeople recommendations. We do not allow members to promote diets that directly contradict our program recommendations."

ITALIANKAT SparkPoints: (428)
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10/27/13 3:50 P

So its not against any policy or rules but its " frowned upon" by many members...correct?

That's all I want to know....

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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10/27/13 2:48 P

IF you are asking about vitamin supplements that is something you should talk to your Dr about.

I supplement based on my Drs advice for things I have tested low on. Supplements, including vitamins and herbs can help if you really need them, are a waste of money of you don't and can be harmful if you over do them.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,865)
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10/27/13 1:49 P

Spark People doesn't stop a person from taking diet supplements, but it does try to discourage the person. There are no fast ways to lose weight. No pill that will magically make the weight drop off like a hot knife through butter.

Most of us here, have tried a variety of different pills both over the counter as well as prescribed. What most of have learned is that diet supplements don't work. They are a short term solution for a long term problem. The only way they help you lose weight is by making your wallet a lot lighter.

If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you have to learn to eat right, watch your portions and get a little regular exercise. If you do this, with time, you will take the weight off.

So, if you want to take a diet pill, that's your decision. However, most if not all the members will tell you that eventually, whatever weight you take off with the supplement, you'll regain with extra later. That's what we all learned the hard way. Diets and diet pills don't work. If they did, we wouldn't have an obesity problem in America.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 10/27/2013 (13:51)
ITALIANKAT SparkPoints: (428)
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10/27/13 1:07 P

I would like to know if taking diet supplements are against Spark People's rules?

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