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Weight Loss Supplements: Fact or Fiction?

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SBETHJONES

1/11/2011 12:37:52 PM

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One diet that is currently becoming a craze, but wasn't covered is the HcG diet. It can be taken in the form of injections, drops under the tongue, or pills (though the pills are less common). The HcG is used in combination with an extremely strict diet of 500 calories per day. The theory is that HcG (also known as the pregnancy hormone) allows the fat cells to open and your body uses the stored fat on top of the 500 calories. I have known several people who have done this diet and lost a significant amount of weight and even though their calorie count is low, they don't ever feel hungry, light headed or weak. I know the diet works because I've seen it. And the 500 calories are very specific so you get the right amount of nutrients in a day; however, it seems a little extreme and scares me a bit. I wonder what this article would have said about this diet?

WELSTEACH

1/11/2011 11:00:07 AM

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I met an 18 year old man in my dad's hospital room when I was 17. He was there because the diet pills he had taken had made him so ill. These are dangerous, they are often fake, and they are not regulated severely enough. It is time we expend some effort getting rid of quack drugs. Losing weight takes WORK. Most people don't want to work. They want magic. Sorry, magic is make believe, and in this case can kill you.

DENISEK42

1/11/2011 9:19:28 AM

I agree with Macklady. You have to WALK. I do daily, but I have a bad sweet tooth!!! I have to have my chocolate!!! Any suggestions to stop the craving?!?!?

CAROLSBEST

1/11/2011 8:30:04 AM

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I agree with this article, too. But I think some [eople need a "crutch" to get started and if they can choose a method that makes them feel more powerful with their dieting.. then I understand. When you have a lot of weight to lose it is so intimidating.
Thank goodness for SP-- it's all there for people who uitlize it. Thank you SP!!

CORBYCD

1/11/2011 7:40:08 AM

If you don't change your lifestyle, then you'll need the pills to maintain your weight loss...may be a nice boost to get you goin', but the bottom line is: "if all you do is all you've done, then all you get is all you got."

MACKLADY

1/11/2011 7:09:29 AM

Pill didn't make you FAT ! I lost 72 pounds in one year, Walking, running and sweating my butt off strength training also tweaking my diet, and it really P*sses me off when people say: Oh what did you take to lose so much weight? So after a while I just had fun with it. Now I tell them I drink Horse Urine every morning :/ I wonder how many actually "Googled" it. tee hee

MSNTNKRBLL

1/11/2011 3:43:59 AM

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I agree with the article...I don't think there is an over-the-counter weight-loss quick fix that won't compromise your overall health in the long run. In the 70's I used the Dexatrim, when it had all the ephedra and stuff. Yeah, it worked, as long as I was taking it, and I had a lot of sleepless nights. Older and wiser now, I am going it the natural route. No acai-scams, no pills, no freaky detoxes, no "colon cleanse" (a healthy colon can keep itself cleansed, thank you very much). I want to live to 100, so I need to be careful and do things the right way. Even if it was legal, I would steer clear of anything with ephedra....that stuff can damage your heart!

DREWKATESMOMMA

11/17/2010 2:46:08 PM

I agree!!! Diet pills & such are a MYTH! The after effects are significant for me - headaches, jittery & irritability. And I have yet to experience any additional weight loss. Bottom line .... not worth it!

AGSLIM1

11/17/2010 1:03:37 PM

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Actually, using diet pills can help control hunger. Most of us eat when we are already full. I take diet pills and it has helped me a lot! Sorry, but it's true!

SJPAPMOM

11/8/2010 6:29:50 AM

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I THINK STACKERS SHOULD BE BANNED. I BOUGHT A PACKAGE OF SIX CAPSULES IN THE DELI BY THE CASH REGISTER. AFTER TAKING ONE I HAD SUCH A RAPID UNCOMFORTABLE HEARTBEAT FOR A WEEK, I COULD ACTUALLY FEEL MY HEART BEATING THROUGH MY CLOTHING AND THOUGHT I WAS GETTING AN ENLARGED HEART. LUCKILY THERE WERE NO PERMANANT SIDE EFFECTS.

SJPAPMOM

11/8/2010 6:29:33 AM

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I THINK STACKERS SHOULD BE BANNED. I BOUGHT A PACKAGE OF SIX CAPSULES IN THE DELI BY THE CASH REGISTER. AFTER TAKING ONE I HAD SUCH A RAPID UNCOMFORTABLE HEARTBEAT FOR A WEEK, I COULD ACTUALLY FEEL MY HEART BEATING THROUGH MY CLOTHING AND THOUGHT I WAS GETTING AN ENLARGED HEART. LUCKILY THERE WERE NO PERMANANT SIDE EFFECTS.

DAVVIK

9/26/2010 4:03:14 PM

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I heard tapeworms worked in weight loss, and so does the flu...

UHYEAHABOUTTHAT

8/22/2010 9:09:56 AM

When I was in college, my friend and I would get "Yellow Jackets," "Silver Bullets," and "Black Beauties" which were ephedra pills that probably had caffeine in them. They were super cheap and you got them from the most trustworthy place ever - a gas station. We'd get them to stay awake and study. I wasn't looking to lose weight, but saw that as an "added bonus." We would be SO AWAKE and SO ALERT and you felt almost invincible. They completely killed my appetite and hers, we lost about 10 lbs, but talk about unhealthy. I'd hardly sleep at all. I wouldn't eat, couldn't eat, but I'd be insanely thirsty. The thing is, we never took the correct dose - 3!!! pills per dose...We only took one pill a day. I am certain if we had taken what it said to, we would have had wound up dead or close to it. The very last time I ever took them, I got very sick. I couldn't stop vomiting (but I hadn't had anything to eat) and my body was shaking, my heart was racing. It was very scary and I went to the doctor ASAP. I'm lucky that was all that happened. Not much later after my incident did an athlete die from taking ephedra... It really hit home. Maybe that was what would have happened to me, had I kept taking them.
It was about 2 years later when they were banned from the US and with good reason. It was foolish of me to take them - but my rationale was that they were legal, over the counter, and I believed them to be safe. When my friend took them, she did not have as many side effects as I did but she was a much larger person (she was 5'9 and I'd guess about 190 lbs) and I was 5'4 and probably 130 lbs. Keep in mind, I was also probably about 19 years old and lacked some insight. She had been taking them maybe a month or so before I started and she had "no" side effects, so I assumed I wouldn't either.

SLEEKKITTY

8/21/2010 8:30:55 AM

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I don't think I would take on supplements. They are not considered food or drugs and are not regulated by the FDA. You never know what you are really putting in your body. Why chance it.

SFITZPAT

8/20/2010 7:43:31 AM

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I don't necessarily agree with this article. While I do agree that there are many "get slim quick" pills out there on the market, a lot of the supplements/materials mentioned in the article really do have a lot of science and research behind them. I am the Chemist at a nutritional supplement company (we only supply doctor's offices; we are not a generic brand found at a store like GNC) so I have stumbled across a lot of studies on many of these ingredients that Sparkpeople has determined "need more research". I think its more about a balanced lifestyle, but I really do believe that some of these ingredients are helpful to weight loss! One example--CLA. See SP secret and links to research studies shared:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?t
ip=5917_exercise_changes_and_nutrition
al_supplements

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