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Weight Loss Supplements: Fact or Fiction?

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  • Isn't it amazing what we will fork out for diet-pills? We put more effort into earning that money than we'd have to spend on the work-out that would get us the same effect. And most of the time the exercise isn't half as dreary as we think, it's just getting up and getting out our exercise stuff that's so hard to do.

    Thanks for the article! I doubt I'd ever really buy diet pills because there are a hundred things I'd rather spend my money on. But the ads _are_ tempting (well, a lot of experts are paid good money to make them so) and it's good to be reminded that it's all a hoax. - 1/12/2012 5:56:52 AM
  • GSCHWAB1
    It would be nice to see some research on Qivana. Thirty-two years of scientific research for re-setting your metabolism can't be all bad and all natural too! - 1/11/2012 1:19:25 PM
  • I've tried the majority of these "miracles", and am now back to what I know works...calorie counting and exercise! Changes for a lifetime. - 1/11/2012 10:04:37 AM
  • It is truly sad that there is so much crap out there. And it's sadder that people buy the stuff. As was written in the SP article, many of these so-called "supplements" are dangerous.

    And Valentine_13, I loved your comment about HCG, it's a crock. When I first heard of it I was floored that anyone would actually do this diet. Sad, very sad. - 1/11/2012 9:25:27 AM
  • What a great article to help everyone understand the many false claims about these products. - 1/11/2012 7:38:32 AM
  • But people get rich on these false claims!!! Money, money, money!!! - 1/11/2012 6:42:10 AM
  • SCIENCEYSOPHIE
    The best article I've ever read about these so called nutritional supplements. I get so frustrated with over the top claims based on one (often spurious or flawed) research article. - 1/11/2012 6:21:37 AM
  • 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.

    Thanks,
    Jocelyn - 11/29/2011 2:13:45 AM
  • 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. - 10/31/2011 1:20:04 PM
  • Great article. Everyone should read this. You should write blogs about each of these things to reach a broader audience. Excellent! - 1/28/2011 7:42:34 PM
  • 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! - 1/28/2011 9:37:41 AM
  • 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. - 1/20/2011 10:37:55 AM
  • I've never heard of Unjury, what is it? skitty - 1/13/2011 10:23:16 AM
  • What about Unjury???????? Is it good for you if you only drink it once or twice a day? - 1/12/2011 1:26:10 PM
  • To DeniseK42 - I've found sugar free chocolates (at the bulk food store) that are just 25 calories for 4. If you let them melt in your mouth slowly they really satisfy that sweet craving. - 1/11/2011 8:09:25 PM

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