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Weight Loss Supplements: Fact or Fiction?
8/18/2010 9:45:24 AM
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.
I don't feel that any of these weight loss products work, and the ones that do usually compromise your health.
2/8/2010 1:17:14 PM
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.
2/7/2010 10:48:39 PM
2 tables spoons of Epson salts dissolved in 1 or 2 oz of warm water, have a strong chaser ready for after you drink this. My friend lost about 125 lbs. He did this once or twice a week for a month, then he does it once a month to keep his colon clean. It is all natural, and all the doctor's agree the colon is the start of most problems. The store bought detoxes have the additives which are part the same you are trying to rid the body of chemicals. Anyone else doing this?
I have to agree with this article. I have tried some of this stuff and it did not help at all. I recently saw the "Full Bar" on sale at Costco and decided to give it a try. It did not make me feel full, did not make me stop eating and really did nothing but add 160 Cal. to my nutrition intake for each bar, mostly it is just rice. I use them for a snack now and then. I guess I could take the rest of the box back to Costco because I have the receipt but they do taste good.
2/7/2010 8:59:16 PM
In response to all and following up on PATKENOW's comment - never take anything you haven't researched thoroughly and or discusses with someone knowledgeable. I too at 59 have tried many, including prescription, and know that there are good in both... in ADDITION TO good diet and plenty of exercise. NO magic - just good common sense. No pill, patch or whatever will DO IT FOR YOU... you still have to do the work. It's good work and not only builds muscle, but character. I loose my focus every few years - toooo much stress and you forget to take care of yourself. Just remember, if you don't take care of you and respect yourself, who else will? Take care of yourself and you will have tons of energy to take care of others... if you try to do it backwards you're screwed!
2/7/2010 11:20:24 AM
I feel this article is very one-sided and am disappointed in Spark People. While there are some awful supplements on the market (thanks to our great old free-market system!), there are some very effective, proven ingredients that assist in weight management. They have been supported by stringent European studies, but the US big pharma is too egotistical and ignores them. I have taught health and nutrition at a university for 30 years and am a strong advocate of exercise and diet as the key to weight loss/maintenance. However, I also know of some good assisting products that, in fact, I have used for almost 20 years with great success (without any side effects other than safe, effective weight loss/maintenance.)
Exercise and proper nutrition are the best way to achieve your weight goals.
With that being said, my doctor prescribed something like ephedrine to help counter the effects of a weight causing medication I take. I was exercising like crazy and eating healthy but not losing weight as a result of the medicine I was on. I had massive amounts of energy...almost like I was hyper. In addition, I had insomnia. I stayed on the medication for 3 days and went back to eat healthy and exercise.
responding to Adrienne29: I've always seen green tea recommended for its purported anti-oxidant properties. This article discusses it under the category of starch blockers for weight loss, in particular "These products claim to prevent the digestion and neutralization of sugar and carbohydrates, therefore reducing the calories available to the body. The undigested carbohydrates are carried to the intestine for elimination. These claims lack scientific research and are false and misleading." So it's entirely possible that it is beneficial for one thing (e.g. warding off heart disease and cancer, lowering cholesterol, etc) but not for "blocking starch" to lose weight.
45 years ago I used one of these weight loss aids, it was a bath salt that "melted the fat off your body through the skin. I religiously bathed through the whole program for about two weeks with no evident results. A couple of months later I found that I had in fact lost two stone in weight since my last weigh in in a period of about 3 months. I attributed this loss to the bath salts. I "spread the word" as I am doing with Sparkpeople. A wise friend brought to my attention the fact that for the first time in my life, I rushed to catch a bus, then a ferry then rushed up the main street of Auckland to go to work, this was repeated twice a day. This was what actually gave me my weight loss, not the bath salts.
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