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Diet Pills, Herbs, and Magic

One of the biggest money grabs on the market today are the diet pills, or weight loss medication that is for sale everywhere. I thought I should do some research of my own to find out if any of this stuff worked. I used strictly internet sources and tried to get as much information as I could. There are many different offerings out there, but I will focus on the stuff that actually does work.

Some things to remember concerning pills, drugs, and supplements:

There is no such thing as a magic pill that can supply you with all the nutrients you need and give you a perfect body. You still need to alter your habits to lose the weight and the supplements only help you get there, not do it for you.

For any new product you see, do your own research. Some of these can be very dangerous and others just do nothing. Either way, you waste money, so be smart with your wallet.

I am not a doctor. I can only do some research and provide it with my own personal (not professional) thoughts. I strongly suggest discussing any new medication with your doctors. Even homeopathic herbs can cause strong reactions with certain drugs, which can cause serious harm to your system.

Right off the bat, I suggest not spending your money on the following:

Cassia Nomama 8% , Chitosan 95% DAC, Garcinia Cambogia HCA 50%,

Hoodia G. Cartus extracts , Wild Yam, Raspberry Ketone, Yacon Extract, White Mulberry Leaf, Pure Moringa, Saffron Extract, African Mango, Virgin Coconut Oil

Tryptophan, GABA, Hordenine, Higenamine, Bulk Yohimbine HCl Powder, Inositol Supplement (Hexaphosphate), Garcinia Cambogia Extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid

The reasons I suggest staying away from these are mostly medical studies that show no effect, or a lack of medical studies proving anything.


Supplements that Work (even a little bit)

Chromium Picolinate

This drug is said to suppress appetite. Studies have indicated some form of suppression (either fat or carbohydrates) may be noticed.


Glucomannan (Konjac) 90%

This is also used for appetite suppression. This one is actually licensed by the Canadian government for that purpose. Further, double blind clinical studies actually found significant weight-loss associated with the use of this supplement. Out of all the items in this list, Glucomannan appears to have the best potential to actually help with weight loss. Be aware though, all my research shows you should always consult a doctor before introducing any supplement into your daily regimen.


Gymnema sylvestre

From what I can find, this acts as an appetite suppressant aimed at sugar. This supplement reduces the taste of sugar, thereby, decreasing any pleasure derived from eating it, theoretically decreasing the desire to eat sugary foods. There is one note-worthy side effect: some studies have shown an increase of the ability of the body to produce more insulin.


Sida cordifolia 1.5%

This is a natural ephedrine source. Ephedrine is a well-researched stimulant and appetite-reduction agent. Because it is a stimulant, you must be very careful when using this supplement and I would strongly advise notifying your doctor.


White kidney bean 1.0%

Several double blind studies have shown this supplement to be effective at weight-loss. This supplement slows down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream long enough, so that some of them do not get digested and are, therefore, expelled.


Green Coffee Bean Extract

This is marketed as an appetite suppressant. This is a stimulant, and all stimulants suppress the appetite to some degree. Caffeine is a stimulant that is present in the coffee bean extract. I would suggest just sticking to a regular cup of coffee every morning. If you don’t like coffee, then go with a sugar free cola or energy drink.


L-Carnitine

This supplement helps metabolize fat, so in conjunction with exercise and a good diet, you may see some added weight-loss, but without exercise, there will be no additional benefit.


L-ornithine

This supplement provides an anti-fatigue effect, which might be useful when using the periodic fasting technique. It also increases the efficiency of energy consumption, which would be the same as speeding up your metabolism, thus effectively helping you lose weight.


L-Arginine

This supplement helps healing processes, possibly speeding the metabolism, and thereby helping lose weight.


L-Glutamine

This supplement helps healing processes, possibly speeding the metabolism, and thereby helping lose weight.


Tyrosine

This supplement helps the body deal with stress brought on by events such as weight-loss.


Beta-Alanine

Studies have shown that this supplement helps you gain muscle mass while losing weight.


Synephrine HCL 99%

This is a stimulant. Stimulants help weight-loss, but at a cost. I would not recommend this supplement, but if you insist, make sure to talk to a doctor before you use it.


Green Tea Extract Powder

This is marketed as an appetite suppressant, even though all stimulants suppress the appetite to some degree. Caffeine is a stimulant that is present in tea extracts, so I would suggest simply drinking more tea or coffee for your caffeine fix.


Cissus Quadrangularis Extract

A medical trial using this supplement that also included green tea, soy, selenium, chromium, and B group vitamins was shown to help increase weight-loss more than a placebo.


Octopamine HCL (Octopalean™ Norsynephrine)

This is a mild stimulant, which has been shown to help with weight-loss. However, as with any stimulant, there are side effects to watch out for. My recommendation is to only use this under the guidance and supervision of a doctor.


Caffeine Anhydrous

This is the dehydrated form of caffeine. Because it is caffeine and caffeine is a stimulant, it has been shown to help with weight loss. The problem with using anhydrous caffeine is the inability to properly measure serving sizes and ensure you do not overdose. Anhydrous caffeine is very concentrated, so it can be easy to overdose. My recommendation is to only use this under the guidance and supervision of a doctor.


Naturally Occurring Hormones

The following list of hormones actually contribute to weight loss:

  • Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor

  • Insulin-like Growth Factor

  • Human Growth Hormone

  • Testosterone

  • Epinephrine and Norepinephrine

  • Cortisol

  • Glucagon

  • Insulin

  • Thyroxine

But, there is a catch. Your body releases these hormones as a result of food intake (or lack of) and exercise. These hormones are the best ingredients you can hope to have access to for weight loss, and they come from your own body. By leveraging the right balance between food intake, exercise, and sleep, you can maximize the benefit of these hormones.

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