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Weight Loss Supplements: Fact or Fiction?

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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • EVACLAIRE
    I know that taking weight loss suppliments is not a great idea. I think it's all mental. If you think the suppliment is working you are more likely to work out more/ eat healthier because "its working". Have positive thoughts and you wont need the suppliments.
  • The article didn't even talk about the patches, after they mentioned them at the beginning, and that's the reason i read it. I have friends who are selling the patches and swear by them (I trust my friends) but the patches are, of course, very expensive and I'd like to see something written about them.
  • While I agree that diet and exercise are the healthiest ways to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, I also take an Ephedrine/Caffeine/Aspirin (ECA) stack from time to time. I live in Canada, and it's still legal to acquire Ephedrine in 8 mg tablets. I have found that there are both positives and negatives with this supplement. First, this is not a miracle cure to make you lose weight, the benefits are small, work best when combined with a mix of diet and exercise, and all the "good" effects of the ephedrine wear off at about the three week point when you have to discontinue its use. Going off ephedrine not fun either. While I don't feel typical withdrawal symptoms, I see a huge drop in my energy levels and my appetite increases as a result, trying to replace the energy I'm missing with food. It's true that Ephedrine will cut your appetite; however, some people will completely lose their appetite and nausea is not uncommon. I also find that when combined in the ECA, it can make you feel really jumpy if you're not used to it and if you take too high a dose. I've taken it in the past to work through a plateau, and I probably will again... for a very short period of time only.
  • Taking a pill to reduce hunger only works if you ONLY eat when you're hungry. If we did that we wouldn't be overweight.
  • I don't feel that any of these weight loss products work, and the ones that do usually compromise your health.
  • LINDA2138
    Unfortunately, we all want a quick fix for our weight loss goals. I tell people that I,m not dieting, I am just trying to keep practicing till I get it right. I know it will take me a life time, but I JUST KEEP PLUGGING Along.

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