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LARRYBROWN01 SparkPoints: (12)
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2/21/13 12:54 A

Thanks for sharing an effective post with us.
Weight loss is important for healthy life.
Keep posting....

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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2/18/13 10:00 P

Why not simply count it? The problem with a lower calorie diet (lower than the minimum) combined with exercise is that you're simply not providing your body with the fuel it needs to function. You will likely be unable to continue that level of activity, because your body is going to slow its metabolism and start to fight fat loss.

I can't really speak to this weight loss clinic you're on, but it sounds it me like you're still operating on the diet mentality. If you're snacking and not tracking, looking for shortcuts and clinics to get to your goal, you are going to have a harder time succeeding than if you look at this like a lifestyle change you can keep up for eternity. I ask you this.

If you can't handle an evening cookie now, what is going to change when you reach your goal weight?

CHIK123 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/18/13 9:02 P

I have been part of a medical weight loss clinic at a hospital. They set my calories, carbs, and proteins. I think I would lose weight if I could follow the caloric guideline but I tend to pick when I get home from work. Probably to de stress and then I eat dinner. Then I eat a small desert but sometimes I add an extra cookie I don't count which makes my calories go up.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,527
2/18/13 6:39 P

I am curious? Who told you 1,100 calories a day. Doesn't Spark recommend no less than 1200? And that is for a sedentary female. Not one that is doing Spin 3x and Zumba 2x per week.

Is it possible that you are not eating enough?

TAR2011TAN Posts: 93
2/18/13 4:21 P

I agree - I have tried a couple that Dr. Oz has suggested and no results like he talks about. I am starting to believe that they are a waste of money and time. I have cut out processed food and have lost six pounds in two weeks.

ANARIE Posts: 13,192
2/18/13 4:18 P


Please don't do ANYTHING that says "Dr. Oz suggests." He doesn't technically endorse anything, so if an ad uses his name, it's a scam. If it's on his show, that doesn't mean he personally believes it works; he will let anyone go on his show to talk about anything; he meant it to be an open source of information but he has lost control of it and now it's just an infomercial. He won't ever say, "That's a load of bunk," even when he absolutely knows it is.

And you know what? You do NOT have to be perfect. You do NOT have to eat exactly some number of grams of protein and carbs every day. You need to eat more of what you know is good for you, very little of what you know is bad for you, and not too much of things you're not sure about. Something as simple as making sure you eat enough vegetables most days will make a big difference in your health and the way you feel. Nobody can do everything perfectly, every day. Most of us can't do everything perfect even for one day! But we can all do something better than we've been doing. Focus on that. Don't ask yourself, "How can I possibly do all of this?" Just ask, "What one *simple* thing can I do better this week than I did last week?"

CHIK123 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/18/13 10:51 A

Have you used any supplements like the green coffee bean that dr oz suggests?

CHIK123 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/18/13 10:41 A

Thanks Jen for looking into this. I guess I was a bit hopeful about it but understand it may not be what it claims to be. I have been doing spark people for a year and a half. I started out very consistent but then suffered a herniated disc which really set me back. I had surgery in Aug. 2012. I started exercising again in Nov. Nov. 2012. The problem is I can't seem to be consistent with my food and I haven't lost any weight. I know I need to be perfect and enter every morsel into spark in order to lose and stick to 1,100 calories with at least 100 grams of protein per day and less than 100 Of carbs. I joined a gym do spin 3x a week and Zumba 2 x.i just don't have the motivation I use to. I feel so weak and hopeless. My back hurts, my hip hurts, my knees hurt every day. I have to get some weight off! I am 41 but feel 80.

SAILOR64 SparkPoints: (20,017)
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2/15/13 1:51 P

Dear Chik,

I did a little research into the supplement you referred to in the link. I also researched the ingredients listed and further researched the studies done on these ingredients, which is dubious to say the least.

Let me first say, I am not a scientist nor a doctor nor a nutritionist. As a journalist I have done several stories dating back to 1982 on supplements. I used the FDA website and the USDA website to validate the claims made by the Real Dose website and could find none. I researched the National Institutes of Health website and found a couple of references to some obscure studies done on some of the ingredients.

For instance, Betel pod is a stimulant used much like coffee. The bean is chewed by native people in Bangladesh to get a buzz.

Rhodiola Rosea is thought to act as a anti-depressant. Several studies have been done with no conclusive scientific evidence to support this claim.

BioPerine is an extract from the fruit of black pepper plants. It is used to aid in absorption of vitamins.

And the main ingredient, Dolichos Biflorus is a lectin. Lectins are sugar-binding proteins used to bind other ingredients to sugars in carbohydrates.

So, does it work? Who knows. But with no scientific evidence to back up the claims of the promoter I would be suspicious. Since vitamins and supplements don't fall under medication, they are not tested by the FDA.

Don't fall for the "purity" claims. This just means the supplement was tested to make sure that what is on the label is in the pill.

Good luck and Buyer Beware.

LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,425)
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2/15/13 12:04 P

Per Dr Oz, diet supplements can be good if you use them for a limited time and to get your eating under control.

Edited by: LUCKYNUMBER23 at: 2/15/2013 (12:04)
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,760
2/15/13 7:05 A


I checked out the site briefly. I am always skeptical of any pills that claim to help you lose weight. Most of them help while you take them, but as soon as you stop the weight comes right back. The only proven way to lose weight and keep it off for good is through a healthy diet and regular exercise.

If you'd like to share some more information about what you've been doing (diet and exercise) as well as how much progress you've made, I can try to offer some suggestions.

Coach Jen

CHIK123 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/14/13 9:43 P

Hi Jen, the web site is I think. I would appreciate you checking it out. My dr recently gave me Wellbutrin in hopes it would help me feel less hopeless about not being able to lose weight. I just feel if I could get a jump start or take something to help me lose even slowly I would be fine. I have not started the med because I'm not depressed.

AMYLT29 SparkPoints: (2,167)
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2/14/13 4:52 P

Apparently you get flagged if you recommend a product to someone... So far I've been doing a supplement that is working great for both my stepbrother and I, our gym actually was the one who turned us both onto it and I've seen several of their members with results. I don't know if even naming the product is permitted so I won't even go there, I do have it in my blog so you can look at the name there if you'd like to do some research on it.

Best of luck on finding one that works best for you! emoticon

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,760
2/14/13 11:14 A

I would be very skeptical of an ad like this without knowing all of the details. Do you have a link to the site it's advertising so I can check it out?


Coach Jen

CHIK123 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/14/13 9:24 A

I saw on the spark page this ad for the "right dose nutrition" supplement. After listening to the whole thing I really felt it related to all of my issues. I have been telling my dr. For years that there is something wrong with me. Despite trying it is near impossible for me to lose weight. I am hypothyroid but on meds and in an okay range. Has anyone tried this product and had any success?

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