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Body for Life is an intense twelve week program that has a rigorous exercise regimen with structured nutritional intake that can lead to a healthier lifestyle. The founder of this program promises that results in just 12 weeks. The program is designed to be quite challenging with weight training for 45 minutes 3 times per week and aerobic exercises for the remaining days.

The diet involves eating six small meals each day for six days. On the seventh day, you can cheat and eat whatever you want and you also get a break from the exercises. For six days, you choose foods from their “allowed” list and only eat a fist size portion each time. The meals are lean proteins and complex carbohydrates will usually promote weight loss.

The Body for Life websites provides resources for support groups, meal plans, exercise regimen, grocery shopping lists, recipes and more. The expectation is that you stick to eating six small meals a day, which will support your metabolism and help with weight loss. The focus is more on protein than any other component of diet. If you follow this program, you are getting about 40 to 50 percent of you calories from proteins, 40 percent from carbohydrates and very little fat.

The allowed foods are lean proteins like white portions of poultry, lean cuts of beef, egg whites, non fatty fish; complex carbohydrates like wild rice, oatmeal, bran, whole grains and some heart healthy fats. You must eat a fist sized portion of lean protein, a fist sized portion of complex carbohydrate and two portions of vegetables. You must also drink ten glasses of water each day and a tablespoon of healthy oil such as flaxseed or olive oil. This can be used in cooking. They also offer supplements on their website.

Body for Life is an effective program if you follow it closely. However, it may become difficult to stick with it long term. The Institute of Medicine, IOM recommends 20 to 35 percent calories from proteins, 50 to 60 percent from carbohydrates and 10 to 20 percent from fats for a healthy person. The Body for Life provides 40 to 50 percent calories from protein and carbohydrates and very low calories from fat. That much amount of protein can be taxing on the kidneys , dehydration and calcium loss, if followed for a long time. It is however, okay for people with healthy kidneys for a short period of time.

The exercise recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is 30 minutes of aerobic training for 6 to 7 days a week and about 20 minutes weight training twice a week. This recommendation is also not followed by the Body for Life program. The aerobic training of 20 minutes 3 times a week is much less than the recommendation and the 45 minutes weight training three times a week is very intense. This may not be appropriate for beginners. It might be okay if you are an intermediate or expert in weight lifting. Always check with your doctor before start any rigorous exercise program.

Eating small meals a day can speed up your metabolism, curb your appetite, stabilize your blood sugar and provide greater energy, but you must choose your foods carefully and stick closely to portion control. This is a good program to get started with small meals and exercise. Just remember that you may not look like some of the pictures advertised in the book or on the website in just 12 weeks, it takes more time than that and requires commitment.

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Websites and organizations promoting the alkaline diet state that this type of diet helps reduce weight, cures arthritis, diabetes and cancer and it also slows down the aging process. Read on to see if this diet is safe for you, regardless of the claims.

pH is the measure of how acidic or how alkaline a solution or a body is. A pH of 0 means that you are completely acidic and a pH of 14 means that you are completely basic. A pH of 7 is neutral. Your body does not have just one pH level. The blood pH is usually a little over 7 leaning towards alkalinity, the pH in the stomach is less than 3.5 leaning towards acidity to digest the food we eat.

The alkaline diet maintains that by eating certain foods your body can help maintain the ideal pH for the body which will improve the overall health. However, your body maintains its healthy pH level despite what you choose to eat. What you eat may affect the pH level of the urine, but not the pH level of the blood.

The alkaline diet promotes a vegetarian style of diet. It includes fresh vegetables, some fresh fruits, soy products, some nuts, grains and legumes. Acid promoting foods such as meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, processed foods, plain table sugar, refined flour and caffeine are discouraged. Alkaline diet does encourage fresh fruits and vegetables and recommends avoiding processed foods, caffeine and alcohol. This is the basis of general healthy diet, but eating these foods or avoiding them does not affect the pH level of the body as this diet claims.

Low pH (acidic) urine increases the risk of kidney stones. Therefore raising the pH level by eating a diet rich in vegetables, such as the alkaline diet, can reduce the risk of kidney stones. There is some speculation that an alkaline diet could slow bone loss and muscle waste, however it is not a conclusive study. There is also no concrete evidence that an alkaline diet lower the risk of cancers. Vegetarians have lower rates of cancer, especially colon cancer – but this may be due to other healthy habits along with eating fresh vegetables and fruits. There is definitely a benefit to drinking lots of water, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, but the benefit is not from the alkalinity or the acidity of the blood.

Since diet does not affect the blood pH level, any differences should be addressed immediately by a physician as it could be signs of kidney failure. Vegetarian diets are healthy as long as it is balanced and you get all your necessary nutrients. But websites and programs promoting alkaline diets that require you to subscribe and buy their products are just a marketing scheme.

Watch out for websites that require payment to look at recipes or forces you to buy their products or eliminate a whole group of food such as fats – these are fad diets and will not benefit you in the long run. Choosing a healthy, balanced diet and fresh products are good for your health. You should be able to walk into a grocery store and pick out your food.

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The vegetarian diet is followed by many as part of their culture or choice. Some people look into the vegetarian diet plan to lead a healthier lifestyle and to promote weight loss. The vegetarian diet is a healthy lifestyle which is low in cholesterol, total and saturated fat. It may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart diseases.

Vegetarian diet by definition does not have any meat, poultry or fish. Some vegetarians prefer to eat eggs and milk products. True vegans only eat plan food and do not eat anything derived from animals including milk, eggs and honey. If you are considering vegetarianism, learn more about nutritious vegetarian foods.


Meat proteins are the superior quality proteins when compared to vegetarian sources. However, it is possible to get all the essential amino acids by eating a variety of plant based foods. Legumes and grains are good sources. You can choose soy over meat as it is a complete protein. Soy is the primary ingredient for most meatless nuggets, sausages and burgers. Combine different plant based sources to meet your protein needs. For example, have beans and rice.

One way to easily transition into the vegetarian lifestyle is to create a meatless version of your favorite recipe.

Calcium and Vitamin D

If you have milk, cheese or yogurt in your diet, you are safe with regards to calcium and vitamin D. But if you choose to become a vegan, you will have supplement your diet with alternate sources of calcium. Fortified soy milk, orange juice, seeds, nuts and green vegetables are good sources of calcium. The body can make vitamin D that is requires by exposure to sunlight. If that is not possible or you do not want to do it, consider vitamin supplementation.


Zinc is found in many vegetarian foods, but it is not as readily absorbed as the meat based zinc. Good sources of zinc are milk, cheese, whole grain breads, nuts, soy foods and legumes. Eating plenty of zinc rich foods can help with more absorption of zinc into the body.


Although, red meat tops the list of good sources of iron, it is plentiful in leafy green vegetables, cooked dry beans and fortified cereals and grains. Eating iron rich foods regularly and in combination with vitamin C, which improves the absorption of iron.

Omega-3 fatty acids

The best of source of Omega-3 fatty acids is fatty fish and eggs. If you do not consume either of those, you can get your Omega-3 fix from flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and soybean oil.

Vitamin B 12

Vitamin B12 is found only in meat products or fortified foods. Therefore, if you are a vegan you must eat vitamin B12 fortified foods or take Vitamin B12 supplements. Lack of Vitamin B12 can cause muscle weakness and tiredness.

Being a vegetarian has scores of health benefits and it is even safe for kids. You don’t even have to be a full time vegetarian to start out. You can go two to three days without meat to enhance your health. A vegetarian diet is high in antioxidants and fiber. It can help you with you weight loss goals as long as you pay attention to the portion sizes.

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New studies have shown that protein is able to satisfy hunger better than fats or carbohydrates and therefore high protein diets have become more popular to achieve weight loss.

A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition showed that a high-protein diet combined with exercise enhanced weight and fat loss and improved blood fat levels. Researchers suggest that higher-protein diets help people better control their appetites and calorie intake.

Participants in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported greater satisfaction, less hunger, and weight loss when fat was reduced to 20 percent of the total calories in their diets, protein was increased to 30 percent, and carbohydrates accounted for 50 percent. The study participants ate some 441 fewer calories a day when they followed this high-protein diet and regulated their own calorie intake.

High protein and moderate carbohydrate diets along with regular exercise are often touted by the experts to reduce blood fats, maintain lean tissue, burn stored fat and combat constant hunger.

There is not a clear understanding of how the protein works to turn off the appetite. Researchers have surmised that it may be because a high-protein diet causes the brain to receive lower levels of appetite-stimulating hormones. It may be due to eating fewer carbohydrates and/or the specific protein effect on hunger hormones and brain chemistry.

Everyone needs protein at all stages of life, for a variety of bodily functions. It is the major component of the cells, including muscle and bone. It is needed for growth, development, and immunity to fight off infections and protect the body.

The DRI recommendations allow for a wide range of protein intake from 10 percent to 35 percent of total calories for a healthy adult without any underlying medical condition.

Most people following a western lifestyle have no problem meeting this goal. There are no dangers associated with higher intakes of protein – unless you have kidney disease. To get the potential weight loss benefit, experts advise aiming for around 120 grams of protein a day. If you want to increase your protein intake, do it slowly over the course of a week. To be on the safe side, check with your doctor before adding large amounts of protein to your diet.

Losing weight is a simple math of consuming less calories and using more calories. However, it is difficult to put it into practice. Finding a diet with the right combination of nutrients, that you enjoy, is easy to work with and that fits into your lifestyle may be difficult and is a very individualized process.

For better appetite control, try dividing your daily calories into smaller meals or snacks and enjoying as many of them as possible early in the day, with dinner being the last meal usually works best. Research has shown that eating four to five small meals or snacks per day to control appetite and weight. Taking that to the next step, add some protein to each of your meal and snack can help you stay on track.

Remember that while protein is important, carbohydrates, fats, and total calories are also important. For a higher protein diet, include lean and low-fat sources of protein at every meal as part of a calorie-controlled diet. You should also stock up on ‘smart carbs’ such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, along with healthy fats like nuts, seeds, olives, oils, fish, and avocado. Not all protein is created equal. Be sure to look for protein sources that are nutrient-rich and lower in fat and calories, such as lean meats, beans, soy, and low-fat dairy.

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Keeping the weigh off  is all about making small changes without taxing your lifestyle too much. If you can change a practice here and there you may reap long term benefits. Small changes add up to big calorie savings and ultimately weigh loss and maintenance.

Analyze your eating habits – Find out if you are eating late at night, munching throughout the day, licks and bites while cooking or finishing off your kids’ meals. These habits and other similar habits can sneak in calories when you are not looking and thus sabotaging your efforts. Try and change some of these behaviors to cut back on the calorie intake.

Plan the day – If you fail to plan, then you is setting yourself up for failure. Be sure to plan your day ahead of time so you have your meals and snacks ready. This will prevent downfalls and keep you on track. It will also indicate if you are eating for emotional reasons.

Never shop hungry – If you go into a grocery store when you are hungry, chances are that you will buy more food than what is on your list. Prepare a list to prevent impulse buying. When you stock your refrigerator and pantry with healthy foods, you are own your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Eat regular meals – Figure out times to eat depending on  your work schedule or lifestyle. Your body may function best when it has 4 meals a day. Once you figure the meal times, do stick to it. This will prevent skipping meals and subsequently over eating at the next meal.

Settle down to eat and eat from a plate – This will help control your portions. When you eat food out of a package, you wind up eating more than one serving and you may not be able to keep track of it. If you are multitasking while eating, you may inadvertently eat more. Also serve your plate at the stove, bring it to the table and eat. If you want seconds, you will have to go back to the stove. Eat slowly and enjoy each bite. You can try setting your fork down after each bite. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to send the fullness signal to the brain.

Avoid snacks after dinner – If you are hungry after dinner, try satisfying your urge with a non caloric beverage or a sugar free popsicle. Brushing your teeth after dinner helps reduce the temptation to eat again.

Snack wisely – Treat snacks like mini meals. Just like you would have a balanced meal, have a balanced snack that provides complex carbohydrates, lean protein and a small amount of fat.

Never skip breakfast – Start your day with a healthy breakfast. This will provide your body the fuel it needs and keeps your metabolism at a steady pace.

Incorporate these daily and start getting results today.


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When you go out to restaurants, chances are that its menu is loaded with several diet busting options. You may find just one or two healthier options, while rest of the menu offers things that are high in calories and fat. Most people eat out some time and some people eat out all the time. Even eating out two or three times a week can derail your plan. The good news is that with a little knowledge, you can put together a healthier meal at almost any restaurant.

The Delicatessen

A deli offers more control over what you eat. Most of the time, you are able to build your own sandwich. Choose whole grain breads such as whole wheat, rye or pumpernickel. Meats at the deli can be high in salt. Choose low fat turkey or low fat ham over pepperoni, salami and genoa. Go easy on the cheeses. Have lots of veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and spinach or lettuce.

Chinese Places

Chinese restaurants offer lots of food high in sugary sauces. Stay away from deep fried foods such as egg rolls, fried shrimp, chicken wings, chicken fingers and crab rangoon. Also avoid foods that are dripping in sauces such as sweet and sour chicken or pork. Choose foods with less meat and less sauce like brown rice and vegetables. Boiled, steamed or lightly stir fried seafood, chicken, vegetable or bean curd dishes are better options.

Italian Restaurants

Choose pasta with marinara sauce instead of the creamy white or butter sauces such as Alfredo. Choose dishes like chicken cacciatore or piccata, grilled meat or fish, grilled eggplant pomodoro or polenta and mushrooms. Avoid pastas stuffed with cheese or meat and topped with cheese. Bear in mind that “parmigiana” style translates to higher fat. If you like pizza, watch your portions and choose thin crust whenever possible.

Mexican Places

Choose salsa as dips instead of a sour cream or cheese dips. Dishes like gazpacho soup, black bean soup or jicama with salsa are good choices. Choose dishes made with plain, soft tortillas and pick baked entrees. Corn tortillas and Mexican rice are also good choices.

The Pub

Pub fare is usually the hamburgers, onion rings and French fries. You can still find something healthy at the pubs. Choose barbecued or grilled chicken, pot roast, meat loaf with tomato sauce, filet mignon, sirloin steak or turkey pita sandwich. Pubs are also generous with their portions, so go easy even when you order lean.

Whatever type of restaurant you choose, remember that dining out is supposed to be a pleasant experience. Almost all restaurants can make slight changes to the preparation method to accommodate you. Watch your portions even when you order healthy as it can add the calories also. Bring home leftovers or share with a friend or family. You should not feel pressured to eat the entire meal.


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The summer brings with it the backyard barbecues, cocktails at the pool, games and fairs and along with it comes the fried chicken, hotdogs, beer, ribs and potato salads. Summertime is fun time and easy living, but if you are not careful it can derail you well planned diet track. You may be active during summer, but that may not be enough if you consume these high calorie foods through summer.

Barbecuing high fat meats

A 20 oz T-bone steak can provide 1540 calories and 124 gram fat. An average cheeseburger provides you with 750 calories and 45 grams of fat. The ribs of pork or beef are very high fat cuts of the meat. Enjoy your barbecue with cuts like sirloin, pork tenderloin, skinless chicken and lean ground beef.

Ball game favorites

Hot dogs and sausages go hand in hand with ball games and these are also great summer treats. These processed meats are not only high fat but also in sodium. Limit them to once or twice throughout the summer.

Mayonnaise based salads

Mayonnaise based salads such as potato salads, tuna salad, chicken salad or coleslaw carries a lot of calories in a small amount. To reduce calories, choose light mayo or mix mayo with non fat plain yogurt or sour cream. Or you can try a German style potato salad which uses more vinegar than oil. Add extra vegetables to increase the fiber content.

Cool concoctions

Sweet, fruity alcoholic drinks are a treat during summer, but you pay in calories to enjoy one such treat. A piña colada can range from 245 to 500 calories, a daiquiri from 300 to 800 calories and a sweet iced tea is about 520 calories. Try wine, a wine spritzer or a mixed drink with seltzer with 100% fruit juice. Keep drinking low calorie beverage to stay hydrated while watching your calories. Watch the intake of regular sodas, energy drinks and fruit juices – they all provide calories.

Frozen treats

Summer is best known for frozen treats such as ice cream. A cup of soft-serve ice cream can have 380 calories and 22 grams of fat. Make it a chocolate cookie dough milkshake concoction, and the calories soar to 720, with 28 grams of fat. Cut back on the portions and high fat toppings to watch your calories. Choose frozen treats like sherbets, fudge bars, popsicles, fruit bars and other sensible treats which are less than 150 calories per servings.

Fair food

Fairs, carnivals and boardwalks offer the most fattening and deep fried foods. Most eat while you walk foods at these events are calorie loaded. To watch your intake, skip the fried foods and have cotton candy instead. Choose grilled meat or share the treat with friends.

Salad toppings

People tend to eat light during summer. So salad is a favorite during summertime. However, salad toppings like high calorie dressing, fried chicken strips, tortilla strips, bacon, cheese and croutons can easily add calories to the otherwise healthy salad. Choose low fat dressings, grilled meat, strips of lean meat or eggs for toppings. Have more vegetables in your salad.

Fried Chicken

A bucket of fried chicken is an easy way to feed a crowd, but it can wreak havoc on your waistline and it is not good for your heart, especially when you eat more than one. So pass the fried and toss boneless, skinless chicken breasts on the grill. A 3.5 oz. skinned chicken breast has only 167 calories and 7 grams of fat, compared to a breaded, fried chicken breast with about 360 calories and 21 g fat. Add flavor with marinades and spice rubs, or top it with fresh salsa.

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The Medifast program was launched 27 years ago as a meal replacement program. It was only available through physicians at the time, but now it is widely available and includes approximately 70 meal replacement options. The Medifast program is a very low calorie diet plan.

The primary Medifast weight loss program, “5 plus 1,” calls for five daily Medifast meal-replacement drinks or foods and one “lean and green” meal, consisting of lean meat or fish plus salad or green vegetables.


The high-protein, low-carb Medifast plans allow dieters approximately 800-1,000 calories a day, designed to yield a loss of 2 to 5 pounds per week while preserving muscle mass. Special Medifast plans are available for vegetarians, teens, new moms, seniors, people who have recently had weight loss surgery, and gout sufferers.

The meal-replacement products and support are available online only through Medifast’s web site and through doctor’s offices across the United States. Some states in the US have Medifast clinics and they carry Medifast products. The program has lots of support services and educational materials that talk about exercise, nutritional information and other beneficial topics. It has online communities, personal trainers, registered dietitians to provide support to dieters.

Losing weight is essentially consuming fewer calories than what you expend. The Medifast plan cuts calories severely, but according to the company, helps dieters manage hunger. According to the Medifast literature, the meals and replacements are formulated for the highest fullness index based on fiber, protein and calories.

What is allowed in a Medifast Diet plan?

The dieters following the Medifast plan does not have to worry about lots of choices. The dieter is encouraged to choose five meal replacements products from their products such as portion-controlled shakes, puddings, eggs, oatmeal, chili, bars, or soups. In addition to these meal replacement products, they are asked to prepare one “lean and green” meal. Dieters are allowed 5-7 daily ounces of lean meat or fish. The meal options are broken down into “lean,” “leaner” and “leanest”. Add three servings of raw, steamed, grilled, baked, or boiled vegetables to the lean meat or fish to complete the meal. Vegetables are listed from lowest to higher carbohydrate content, and the ones highest in carbohydrates — carrots, corn, peas, potatoes, onions, and Brussels sprouts – are excluded.

Alcohol, fruit, dairy, grains, sweets, and most fats are also prohibited. Dieters are encouraged to drink 64 daily ounces of non-calorie beverages, including water, coffee, tea, diet sodas, and other sugar-free drinks. Caffeine is allowed in limited quantity. Optional snacks include three celery stalks, sugar-free gelatin or popsicles, sugar-free gum, and two dill pickle spears.

Once the dieter reaches the weight loss goal, there is a 4-16 week “transition to maintenance” phase in which they are encourage to slowly add back high-carb vegetables, fruit, nonfat or low-fat dairy foods, whole grains, and additional lean meat. The length of the transition phase depends on how much weight was lost. This phase aims to help dieters adjust to eating more calories, controlling portions, and choosing and preparing healthy foods. Mild to moderate exercise is encouraged in this program.

In conclusion, the Medifast program is designed to get you to a quick start with serious weight loss, but it should be done only under the supervision of a qualified medical personnel. Before starting this diet, be prepared to eat a small amount of food. It may be drastic change, but will help you lose weight substantially. Remember, to do it under the supervision of a doctor.

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Most of the weight loss pills available over the counter are appetite suppressants. They work by controlling hunger. This can be effective; however, long-term use can lead to addiction and may cause health problems. In addition, weight loss only occurs while you are taking the medicine, unless other behavioral changes are made along the way.

You may choose an herbal supplement to get a jump start with the weight loss. Take these types of supplements in conjunction with diet and exercise. Discuss with your doctor before starting any supplements. Do not take it if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breast feeding. Do not take herbal supplements if you are taking any medications. Do not use herbal supplements for more than 3 months at a time. If you notice changes to your health while taking these supplements, discontinue use and contact your physician. Keep in mind that herbal preparations will NOT provide permanent weight loss and there are multiple ingredients in herbal weight loss preparations, some of which have serious side effects and can lead to dangerous toxicities. Some of the common weight loss pills available without prescription and its effect are listed below.

  • Ephedra: Its active ingredient is ephedrine. They are found commonly in fat burning pills. Ephedrine can suppress the appetite, but it is banned in the United States due to safety issues. It can cause high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, insomnia, seizures, heart attacks, strokes and even death. It also interferes with some prescription medications.
  • St John’s wort: This herbal supplement is primarily used as an antidepressant. There are few studies that have shown some effect in weight loss. St John’s wort and ephedra are the two primary ingredients in phen-fen. It has harmful interactions with blood thinners, heart medications and dextromethorphan, found in many cold remedies. There are no clinical studies to show the efficacy of this herb in weight loss.
  • 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP): This is an extract from a West African plan seed and has been used to replace tryptophan supplements. It is under strict scrutiny for its safety. It affects the liver negatively if taken in large doses or longer period of time.
  • Chitosan: This supplement is derived from the skeleton of shrimp, crab and other shellfish. It is not digested and passes through the GI tract intact. Due to its chemical structure, it absorbs some fat from the food, although not in significant amounts to make an impact.
  • Chromium: This may improve the effect of insulin, thus influencing the breakdown of carbohydrates. Much of the evidence is inconclusive when it comes to weight loss.
  • Pyruvate: It is formed in the body during digestion of carbohydrates and protein from food. It may have a slight effect in helping you shed pounds, according to some studies. Found in the form of pyruvic acid, pyruvate can be found in various foods including red apples, cheese, and red wine. Pyruvate appears to be safe, but claims of boosting metabolism, decreasing appetite, and aiding in weight loss need further study.
  • Aloe: Aloe when taken orally causes a laxative effect. Most of the colon cleanser products have aloe in them. It is not indicated for people with GI system diseases such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. Frequent use of this product interferes with mineral absorption. There are no studies that have shown long term efficiency.
  • Cascara: It is a common ingredient in weight loss products. It is a strong laxative and should be taken frequently as it can interfere with mineral absorption. It should not be taken if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Dandelion: It is a natural diuretic. There is a significant weight loss right after taking this medication as it removes body water. However, the effects wear off and the weight comes on. It is not recommended for long term use.
  • Glucomannan: The claim of glucomanna is that it contributes to weight loss by delaying the absorption of glucose from the intestines. Small limited studies have shown glucomannan to be effective in decreasing body weight. This effect is believed to be due to a “feeling of fullness” which may be due to the swelling of the glucomannan in the gut once it has been exposed to liquids. It is not recommended for long term usage as it can cause esophageal obstruction.
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You have heard the claims of fast weight loss by just taking a pill, no diet plans or exercise. You may have also heard several success stories that go along with it. But are they really safe and effective? Dietary supplements and herbal supplements do not have to undergo the same scrutiny as the medications. Below is a list of the different classes of dietary supplements available over the counter and their analysis.

Fat Trappers:

Fat Trapping products contain chitosan, which is produced from the powdered shells of shrimps, crabs and other shellfish. It is supposed to bind the fat in the food and prevent it from being absorbed. Few studies have shown that people on calorie restricted diet lose slightly more weight if they are taking chitosan when compared to people just on the calorie restricted diet. Chitosan is a source of fiber. Chitosan interferes with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins and phytochemicals if taken for over 3 months.

Fat Burners:

Fat burners are a combination of herb derived stimulants, essential fatty acids, chromium picolinate, pyruvate and or hydroxycitric acid. Herb derived stimulants are caffeine, ephedrine, guarna and ma huang. Most of the time, two or more of these stimulants is combined together. The claim is that it will increase energy while stimulating fat burning. Most experts agree that they do work when combined with exercise; however, its safety is concern. Ephedra is very effective in stimulating fat burning when combined with aspirin, but it does raise the blood pressure to very high levels resulting in fatal heart attacks or strokes. In some cases, the blood pressure remained high even after the individuals stopped using ephedra. Essential fatty acids include conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and flax seed oil. They are sometimes used in combination with garlic to increase muscle mass and burn fat. They seem to be helpful in animals, and some new research is showing promise in humans.


In conclusion, it is better to have a high fiber diet with calorie restrictions to achieve weight loss for long term rather than taking fat trappers. Talk to you doctor before starting any fat burners. Do pay attention to any changes in your heart rhythm or blood pressure while on these medications. Do your homework before starting them

These supplements are expensive and are not recommended for long term weight loss. These products are helpful to get that jump start for weight loss when used in combination with diet and exercise. There is some evidence that these pills work, but there are no products that will cause weight loss while you eat chips and watch TV.  The clinicians, who recommend these pills, always recommend proper diet and regular exercise to achieve the desired goal.

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