Wednesday, February 23, 2011
At the grocery store on Sunday I saw the current issue of Woman's World and it had a cover story about a "safe, natural supplement" that allowed women to "lose 500% more weight". Being bored as I waited in line, I decided to pick it up and flip to the full story. This wonder drug turned out to be cinnamon and a recent British study showed that women who took four 500mg cinnamon capsules a day lost 500% more weight than women who took a placebo.
Usually these sorts of claims seem ridiculous to me, but the fact that it was just cinnamon and not some sort of crazy chemical made me think, "what could it hurt?" So I decided to head over to the vitamin isle and look for cinnamon capsules. Unfortunately, the grocery store didn't seem to carry them.
Yesterday I did a little searching online and found out that CVS carried cinnamon capsules, even has their own store brand, and they were reasonably priced. So, I stopped by CVS after work today and picked up a bottle. I also bought a copy of the magazine, since I'd feel bad "stealing" their advice. I took my first capsule with dinner tonight.
In the study, women took one 500mg capsule with breakfast, two with lunch, and one with dinner for a total of 2000mg per day. Everything I've found online seems to indicate it's perfectly safe to take that dosage of cinnamon daily unless you have diabetes or issues with blood sugar levels. The article in Woman's World cites a few different studies that indicate that cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels, prevents spikes in blood sugar levels that can cause cravings for starchy foods, and helps you retain more muscle.
It all sounds a little too good to be true to me, but I guess it can't hurt to see if it really ends up making any sort of a difference. I will keep you all posted on whether or not I see any reduction in food cravings and my weekly weigh-ins should give us a clue as to whether or not I actually lose more weight.