I've always shied away from supplements. Glad to see that my natural instincts are supported here. KUDOS for posting such a revealing article that the food/supplement industry will try to dispute/won't be happy about!! Don't give in, Spark! Millions of people depend on your truthful advice.
HCG is a crock. It's supposedly watered down pregnancy hormone extracted from pregnant women's pee. You lose weight because you're on a 500 calorie fast. They should just call it what it is: a Very Low Calorie Diet.
Pregnant women usually gain weight, not lose it. That's clue #1 that the diet is a sham.
It was a big old whoopde do at my church and everyone was doing it and becoming an "independent distirbutor'. I don't know anyone who who's been on the diet that didn't end up going off of it because they were starving. Whatever weight they lost they gained back within a month.
ANY diet will work if you stick to it, but if you don't have a plan for KEEPING the weight off, you'll just tear your body up with fad yo-yo dieting. If you are going to fast or go on a VLCD, there are healthy ways to do it.
If diet pills really help you, you may be hyperactive. They contain a stimulant, which can help hyperactive people focus. You should check with your doctor to see if you should actually be on medication for your disorder. If you're having problems with chocolate, try eating chocolate only once a day, at the same exact time--either in the morning or the afternoon. They contain caffeine, the same thing as in coffee. So the cravings you get for your chocolate could be more than about something sweet, and a specific taste. Just once a day, and your cravings should go down!
I LOVE my diet pills and caffiene. I could never reach my goals without them. I NEED an appetite suppressant and stimulant to help my cravings. The key is to choose wisely though. Diet pills are NOT for everybody... But theybsure are for me.
Two years ago, when I joined the Spark People site, I was very decisive about loosing weight. So to help my decision, I decided to take the Hoodia supplement. To my amazement, it did help, and I do beleive it had the real cactus component, because I immediately felt a suppression in my appetite. I lost during that time about 20 lbs. I did try to use Hoodia again, a year later, but it was not the same, i felt nothing except my heart racing, and an increased anxiety. I returned the pill, because obviously they were filled with caffeine, and they sucked. They were from Dessert Burn. But now, two years later, guess what? I gained all the pounds back, and then some, two years later. My schedule was thrown out of wack, I went through a move, and my emotions are as we speak taking the best of me. So what do I do? Eat. It gives me great confort. To lose weight I know that I have to work very hard, to exercise, which i totally don't do anymore, and to watch not necesarrily what I eat, but especially how much I eat. And for me the word DIET just doesn't work anylonger. I hate it with a vengeance. Because I've been on diets on and off my whole life, they worked while they lasted, but they ended at some point, and then the old bad habbits crept back in, and I gained the pounds back unvoidably. Now I want to change something bigger than just going on a diet: I want to change my life style!!!! I don't know how will I accomplish this goal, but I know that just sitting around and talking about it won't do the trick.
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