LA Weight Loss - Fucothin

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09-01-2007, 10:09 AM
There has been an ongoing discussion of Fucothin on the Chicks to the Finish Challenge thread, but I thought I would post a new thread because of an article in the current Woman's World (9/11) issue. This sea-vegetable supplement is being touted as the diet pill breakthough and there is a recommendation from the well known natural health expert, Dr. Andrew Weil.
I started taking it yesterday and I know several others on the board have started taking it this week as well.

09-01-2007, 11:36 AM
Quote from Chicks to the Finish Challenge thread
Funny name...???
FucoTHIN (pronounced few-coe-thin). I was off on my initial pronunciation!! LOL. Here's another link on 3FC (Tina is quoted in here as well); some good stuff; some not so good. Considering all I've been going through with my dogs, and reading up on holistic stuff, I'm almost tempted to try this. That, and combined with my very slow weight loss no matter how good I am!

I googled and there's a ton of info on this stuff....of course, I was looking for a positive blurb and ran across this from (which probably got some kickback, but who was dated August 2007):

Visceral fat, or the deeper internal fat concentrated in the belly area surrounding the stomach, liver, and other major organs, affects 46% of Americans. That's why Garden of Life has developed a marine thermogenic supplement called fucoTHIN(TM) that specifically targets visceral fat.

FucoTHIN is a natural, whole food based supplement made from marine vegetables and pomegranate seed oil. It contains fucoxanthin, a carotenoid found in brown seaweed.

"FucoTHIN contains the first marine vegetable derived ingredient with a clinically researched thermogenic effect," said Jordan Rubin, Founder and CEO of Garden of Life.

A clinical trial pending publication showed fucoxanthin helps burn fat, particularly visceral fat cells that accumulate in and around the abdominal region. In a double-blind, placebo controlled study of 110 obese females, those taking fucoTHIN and following an 1800-calorie diet lost an average of 14.5 pounds compared to 3 lbs. in the placebo group. The average metabolic rate increased by 18.2%, compared to placebo after 16 weeks.

Recently, 126 members of the Cathedral of Praise church in Toledo, Ohio participated in an 11-week consumer trial called "Healthy Toledo." Health expert Jordan Rubin coached 70 women and 56 men in a program that emphasized dietary and lifestyle changes such as eating an organic, whole foods diet, engaging in moderate exercise, and taking fucoTHIN. The results were significant, with participants averaging a weight drop of 13.5 pounds and a reduction of 8.5% in body fat.

"The Toledo program is exciting because people attained these results without the usual side effects often attributed to thermogenic supplements due to ephedra, bitter orange, or other caffeine alkaloids that work by stimulating the central nervous system and causing the jitters or insomnia," said Rubin, the New York Times best-selling author of The Maker's Diet, GPRX for Weight Loss, and other health-related titles that have sold millions.

Melony Bradley, a Healthy Toledo participant who was not overweight and was regarded as thin by her peers, said "I was struggling to lose the baby fat I'd gained with pregnancies for a long time, but I finally lost it!"

09-02-2007, 10:18 AM
I have seen a lot of people try this and all of them have said it is working I am so tempted to try this!

09-02-2007, 01:40 PM
I think what helps in it is the iodine that helps to speed up a sluggish thyroid.

09-03-2007, 09:17 AM
Sounds interesting....may just give it a try. Is it best to order online or do the supplement stores carry it?

09-03-2007, 01:02 PM
That name cracked me up too!

09-04-2007, 11:00 AM
Katy - I think we have found that it is much cheaper to order online.

09-04-2007, 02:33 PM
I ordered online from someplace called Try to find it for around 26.99 a bottle and since it takes a couple months to really start working, order at least 2 bottles. I also found an online coupon somehow and got a few dollars off and since I went ahead and ordered the Fish Oils I take, I got free shipping. FYI, my local good nutrition store was charging 42.99 a bottle for the fucothin and I think I saved about $20 ordering my fish oils from this site. As much as I want to keep my local retail stores in business, it's hard to pass up such significant savings.

09-04-2007, 04:02 PM
I bought the woman's world mag yesterday just to read this article. It is very interesting, and I know some of you (think maybe Tina??) are seeing good results with it. It is so tempting to try, but I am not sure. Are you taking it with the lawl supplements? And do you think it is one of those things that weight will come back when you stop taking it?? AND I am supposed to go back to the doc the first week in October for a followup to check a borderline low thyroid function--anyone think it might mess up those numbers?? Sorry to be asking so many questions!! Thanks!!

09-05-2007, 10:22 AM
Donna - I have seen good results with it. It's certainly not a miracle diet pill or anything. It's all natural and has lots of antioxidants which is why I figured I would try it in the first place. My average weightloss has been around 2.1 - 2.2 pounds/week, so maybe the fucothin has something to do with that.
I don't take any LAWL supplements. I take a multivitamin every morning and sublingual B12 at night.
I don't think that the weight will come back on if I stop taking it because I'm still eating right and exercising and that won't change.
As far as your thyroid, I would just tell your doctor what you're taking. My thoughts are if your thryoid is or could become "fixed" by a natural supplement versus medication, then you're better off. I really don't think that you'll see a huge benefit with your thyroid, though.

09-05-2007, 11:18 AM
Thanks so much for the info!! I am going to see how things go the next week or so--if I don't see some results by adding exercise and just generally trying harder, I will order some. And you are right about the thyroid thing--if something natural can help me, better than being medicated, that would be great. Good luck in your weight loss goals---I hope you have great success!!!

09-05-2007, 01:50 PM
well I was just at the health food store here and it was $52.99 a bottle YIKES!!

09-05-2007, 02:38 PM
I found the Fucothin at Vitamin Shoppe's web site for $24 for 90 softgels. They said the regular price was $49. There is a local VS near my COD so I will stop by on Friday and get a bottle. I take thyroid meds (Hashimoto's) - does anyone know if the Fucothin is ok to take?


09-08-2007, 08:59 PM
It was $29.99 at the local Vitamin Shoppe. It doesn't look like it has anything in it that would be of too much concern - the primary ingredients are Brown Seaweed, Pomegranate Seed Oil, then it also has gelatin, extra virgin olive oil, glycerin, purified water, and naturally occuring iodine. There is a warning on the package that it's manufactured on equipment that may process soy, wheat and/or fish (anchovy, sardine). It's dairy-free and contains no artificial preservatives.

Of course there's the standard "hasn't been evaluated by the FDA" on the box, but then I remind myself that these are the people who APPROVED aspartame, which can lead to a host of health problems. Just looking at the ingredients, I would be willing to bet Fucothin is safer than your average diet soda.

09-09-2007, 09:58 PM
So has anyone seen a difference since taking this????

09-09-2007, 10:10 PM
Kim - from everything I've read, you really don't start to see the benefits until about 6 weeks into taking the fucothin. Tina's the only one that's been taking it that long. You can PM Boo's Mom (LeaAnn) and see what she has to say about it. My shipment should be here tomorrow or Tuesday and then I'll start......boy, I hope it helps!

Suzanne 3FC
09-21-2007, 11:35 PM
We've been investigating this, and were intrigued by the OP's comment that Women's World magazine said Dr. Weil recommended fucothin. We've received verification from Dr Weil that he did not recommend this product and did not authorize Women's World magazine to make that claim. Dr. Weil said it would take massive amounts of fucothin to see any benefit, because the substance is poorly absorbed by humans.

09-23-2007, 07:12 PM
Thanks for letting us know this Suzanne. I glad you are watching out for us as I am sure that you have learned so much while working with this site.

09-24-2007, 01:35 PM
So has anyone other than Tina had any results from this yet? Just wondering.

09-24-2007, 01:40 PM
We had read before starting the fucothin that you need to take it consistently for about 6 weeks before you are supposed to see any results. I have been taking it for 3 1/2 weeks. The change that I do notice is that I have more energy, but I am not wired. I am less tired. I am still hoping that it will boost my metabolism. I bought 2 months supply so I am continuing on my little individual research on fucothin.

09-24-2007, 01:44 PM
Thanks Lynn for letting me know your progress. If it gives you more energy without "wiring you up" I just may try it.

10-05-2007, 09:19 AM
I have been taking Fucothin since 9/6/07. I really have not changed my eating habits all that much and have not added any exercise at all. I just checked before this post and I have lost almost 2 inches from my waistline. I bought 2 bottles of it and will continue until I use up all the pills. To add to the mix, I am taking Chantix to quit smoking! Do you think I have a full plate? I'll try to post as things change.

10-05-2007, 09:39 AM
I, too, bought a couple bottles. In all honesty, I have a very hard time remembering to take the pills (one at each main meal/3 a day). Nothing has really happened to me weight wise, but I've only been taking it a few weeks. I also think my mindset says no pills really work to speed up weight loss and that I should just stick with my multi-vitamin and calcium+D tablet.

10-05-2007, 09:50 AM
I don't know...I am still kinda hooked on it. I'm still having a steady weight loss...I've been taking it for 4 months now, I think. I just ordered 2 more bottles. My energy level is pretty stable, so I figure if it's not broke, don't fix it :)

10-05-2007, 11:58 AM
I just finished my 5th week on fucothin yesterday. So far I have not seen an increase in my weight loss, but what I continue to see is that I have more energy and I am lless tired which is a good thing. I am rationalizing the more energy as a sign that my metabolism has picked up. I have been exercising like crazy especially this week. I finish my last bottle at the end of the month so I am waiting 2 more weeks before I decide what to do. I am leaning toward ordering 2 more bottles just because of the energized feeling I have. I am not wired, just energized. If you knew me better, you would agree this is a big statement for me to make.

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12-11-2007, 07:45 PM
Hello All,

I am new to this thread and this is my 1st post on 3FC. It's been 60 days since anyone has commented and I was wondering what the consensus was? Is anyone having success? I am thinking about purchasing the Fucothin and am wondering if I'm wasting my money. The price at Vitacost and Vitamin Shoppe is now $34.97 for 90. Does anyone taking it feel that it's worth it and is it reducing your hunger or your desire to eat? That's what I'm hoping to find.

12-12-2007, 12:11 PM
I've been taking them for the past 6 months. I wouldn't say that it helps with reducing hunger. I do feel that it boosts my metabolism. With all of the antioxidants in it, it seems to make me feel better overall.

02-13-2008, 10:17 AM
Thanks to all for posting about Fuco Thin. I'm leaning towards trying yet another product weight loss product. Can anyone update me on their FT experience. In reading the threads it seems to be an energizer, but is it helping to lose bodyfat?

sc mom of 5
03-16-2008, 11:53 PM
I have been using Fucothin (3 gel caps, 3 times per day for almost 3 weeks) so far I haven't seen much difference. I am also doing weight watchers on my own, no meetings this time. I lost 2 lbs my first week and so far that's been it. I"m turning 40 this year and in the last few months i've tried low carb and now Weight Watchers (again) and nothing seems to be working for me. My doctor checked my thyroid levels and they were perfect. I've also added in daily walking/running and alternating with bike riding, i've lost nothing but I have noticed I don't look as bloated in my stomach. I don't know if this has anything to do with the Fucothin or not. I purchased mine at the vitamin shoppe for around 30.00 and it came with some samples of a protein bar and two other things. The brand i'm using is Garden of Life and includes the Pomegranade Seed Oil. It does state on the bottle that it may take 6 weeks of continued use to see the thermogenic response, so I intend to keep using it. I'll update if I see any changes. :carrot:

03-18-2008, 09:16 PM
Hi, this is my first post here :).

I went to Dr. Weil's site because I wanted to read what he said about fucothin. He didn't say that someone needed massive amounts of fucothin, he said that one would need to consume massive amounts of wakame. Fucothin is what has been extracted from the seaweed wakame. I have no idea if fucothin works for weight loss, but I wanted to clarify what he said.

He stated :
"Next on the agenda are studies to see if fucoxanthin works as well in humans as in rats. In the meantime, don't think you can lose weight by eating lots of seaweed. You would have to eat enormous amounts of wakame before you would get enough fucoxanthin to see even the slightest effect on weight, because the substance is bound tightly to proteins in the seaweed and is not easily absorbed in the form of whole seaweed"

08-03-2008, 10:16 AM
bumping. I just ordered some, b/c I think this could be an aid that works well for me. Anymore reviews or comments on it???

09-14-2008, 11:33 AM
Hi everyone,
I'm new to the site but loved all of your conversation and decided to join. I now consider myself a former health and fitness nut with a long history of competition to include body building. I want to get back to that and need some serious motivation...

Anyway, about Fucothin in terms of weight loss... I just wanted to add that it is a fat loss product, so if you use it, think of it in terms of your body mass rather than pounds on a scale. Are your muscles and veins beginning to show where they didn't before? Don't be discouraged if you don't see the numbers go down. This product is all about fat loss. Take a good look in the mirror because you just might see some beautiful shapely muscles you didn't see before!!

Big hugs to everyone for being there. I already feel inspired! I just want to get back to that energized, strong, healthy person I was in the not to distant past. (feeling sexy works too...). Talk to you soon! :hug:

P.S. How do you get the goal bars to show up? I love those!!

betsy p
09-14-2008, 08:58 PM
I too tried Fucothin and did not notice any changes. I found it hard to remember to take them at each meal etc. I'm not a great pill taker.

I too would like to find out how to get the goal bars to show up. Found them but don't no how to link them to me.


09-16-2008, 10:26 AM
For a tracker, go to USER CP and click on signature. Then follow the instructions for choosing a tracker. At the end of the process it will give you a bunch of code. Copy and paste that into the box for your signature.

I think there are new rules about how many posts/how long you've been a member before you can get a tracker, but I'm not sure what those rules are.

09-19-2008, 10:18 PM
I've been taking it for almost 2 months.... and I'm not losing much weight from it. maybe 1-3 lbs in 1.5 months. But maybe my muscles are really changing???? I've really been noticing my arm muscles, and calves too