General Diet Plans and Questions - Weight loss pills...anyone tried them?




LindseyLou
10-07-2010, 07:51 PM
Ok, we've all seen the commercials and ads for the quicktrim, zantrex, jillian michaels quick start, hoodia, etc. Anyone ever tried them? What kind of results did you have?

I'm certainly not planning on substituting diet and exercise, I am just curious if these work or might jump start weight loss or maybe even help when I plateau.

I would also like to hear your opinions! Thanks in advance!


JillyM
10-07-2010, 07:54 PM
I was thinking the same thing. You see so many adds for Alli, FDA approved. I was curious if it is helpful.

LindseyLou
10-07-2010, 08:03 PM
I e-mailed a friend from high school that's on the quicktrim...we'll see what she says!


JessLess
10-07-2010, 08:12 PM
You might enjoy these posts. I am on Phentermine and have written quite a bit about it.

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/does-work-11/

dudesmom
10-07-2010, 11:34 PM
I took Alli for a little while, I lost a bunch of weight in the beginning, but the more I look back on it, I think it was a) water weight, and b) the fact that I greatly reduced my fat intake that really affected my weight loss. I have been able to lose weight at just as quick a rate without it providing I was eating low fat and getting most of my calories from fruits and veggies and staying away from processed foods. I also think that the fact that I stopped eating meat at the same time as I started my weight loss may have played a role in how much I lost. So, as far as Alli goes, I would say save your money if you want it to help you lose weight, though it may be a great tool if you need some incentive to stay away from high fat foods.

WinterJinx
10-08-2010, 12:23 AM
You have to be careful when choosing a diet pill some are just high in caffine so they boost your energy for short spurts and others cause diarrhea (though the ads will say its purpose is to cleanse your system). So if the pill box says it will cleanse your system plan to stay close to a toilet that day.

kaplods
10-08-2010, 02:50 AM
In nearly 40 years of dieting, I've tried a lot of diet pills over the years (none in the last six years).

Most of them don't work. Of those that do work, many only work temporarily. Prescription drugs work better, but have more side effects.

The last diet drug I took was the prescription drug Meridia. It helped me lose about 20 lbs, and then it stopped decreasing my appetite (it also caused mood swings that frightened my husband, I would go days without sleeping and when I did sleep I'd wake up in the middle of the night, crying hysterically or panicking for no reason - and worse. He actually begged me to stop taking it, and made me promise never to take it again).

I've never tried orlistat (Alli) either otc or prescription, (though I've known people who it has helped). I have IBS, which means that I already often have unpredictable and sudden "emergency" need for a rest-room. I have enough near pants-pooping experiences, I don't want to take anything that could make that worse (even slightly).

It seems that most diet drugs (if they have any effect at all) either cause nervousness/jitteriness or diarrhea (or both).

I've lost a lot more money than I have pounds on diet medication.

4star
10-08-2010, 09:13 AM
Yeah, I don't recommend diet pills. I tried one a few years back and it was horrible. I couldn't sleep for days and felt shaky. After a week, I was having chest pains and was very fatigued. I learned my lesson.

Alli is a lower dosage of Xenical and the FDA just made the company disclose that Xenical may cause liver damage.

You really don't need any of that stuff to lose weight. What's the point of losing weight if you harm your body?

Thighs Be Gone
10-08-2010, 09:34 AM
I think some diet pills can give you a little bit of an edge over normal weightloss. No pill is going to do the work you have to do though--which means staying on plan eating wise and getting some activity in your life. If a pill could do that, 3FC would probably not exist.

Thighs Be Gone
10-08-2010, 09:36 AM
fyi, I did use Alli for a while and it DID help..however, I was also running and counting calories carefully...how much was Alli and how much was my lifestyle responsible? I think the latter was the vast, vast majority. It will aid but you will just waste money with pills alone.

jeankarla
10-08-2010, 10:36 AM
Hello guys,

Have you heard about the drug Sibutramin (Zytrim)?
Its effect is that it decreases your appetite to zero leaving you not wanting to eat for an entire day. I have a friend who took it and in all fairness, she dramatically lost weight. I think it was because she rarely eats a meal everyday. It might be effective for her but others also experience adverse effects.

Hope this helps.

Jean

StuffedBunny
10-08-2010, 10:54 AM
I just bought Alli and am going to try it. I just got a thing of 60 pills and I plan to eat 2 a day so it'll last me a month. I already eat a low fat diet and get exercise in so I'll see how/if it helps the process. Just looking to get me to a weight where working out harder will be more comfortable and get me there faster so I can really work as hard as possible...

My ex, who works at a health suppliment shop, said Alli is a very mild fat blocker. So it isn't meant to help you a ton but just to help get a few extra pounds off in a shorter amount of time. You're doing most of the work, obviously. It's just there to help.

LindseyLou
10-08-2010, 11:32 AM
Thanks for all the info and advice! I DON'T plan on not exercising or continuing my diet in any way, shape or form. I will for sure continue with my plan. I was just wondering if anyone had tried them. I thought if/when I hit a plateau, I would be interested in possibly trying some. Thanks again ladies!

4star
10-08-2010, 02:05 PM
Hello guys,

Have you heard about the drug Sibutramin (Zytrim)?
Its effect is that it decreases your appetite to zero leaving you not wanting to eat for an entire day. I have a friend who took it and in all fairness, she dramatically lost weight. I think it was because she rarely eats a meal everyday. It might be effective for her but others also experience adverse effects.

Hope this helps.

Jean

That's the generic name for Meridia and it's been pulled off the market for safety reasons.

jeankarla
10-09-2010, 04:56 AM
Hello 4star?

Oh my. Really? And why is that? Are there a lot of negative effects and adverse effects of the drug? I would want to know about it so that I can tell my friend who is taking this medication.

Thanks.

Jean

kaplods
10-09-2010, 08:45 PM
Hello 4star?

Oh my. Really? And why is that? Are there a lot of negative effects and adverse effects of the drug? I would want to know about it so that I can tell my friend who is taking this medication.

Thanks.

Jean

I hadn't heard about it being pulled from the market, but this is the drug I was talking about (Meridia) in my previous post when I said that the side effects were so extreme my husband begged me to stop taking it and made me promise never to take it again.

Even though it had stopped working for weight loss after only about 15 to 20 lbs, I didn't want to stop taking it because it made me feel amazingly confident (when I wasn't having bouts of panic). I would suspect it was much like being bipolar. The highs were so great that I didn't want to give up the drug, even though the lows were pretty miserable (usually only in the middle of the night - during the day I felt like superwoman).

I'd wake in the middle of the night in either panic or bone-crushing despair (convinced that no one loved me and never would). My husband would wake to my sobbing (or screaming if I was in a panic state).

I have a masters degree in psychology and I still didn't see the problem myself until I was off the drug. I thought my husband was "over-reacting," sometimes I was even paranoid, feeling he was deliberately trying to ruin the extra confidence I was feeling (it wasn't really confidence, it was recklessness).

Any of the drugs that affect neurotransmitters (antidepressants, some weight loss drugs, some muscle relaxants) can have unpredictable mental effects. I knew this as a mental health professional, but I didn't really see it in myself until I'd been off the drug for several weeks and the nighmares and night terrors and middle-of-the--night mental crises disappeared.

CourtneyDaisey
10-10-2010, 02:12 PM
I am taking a diet pill right now. I've tried Weight Watchers. I've tried putting myself on a super strict diet and exercise regime. I've tried counting calories and fat grams. I tried NutriSystem. I tried Dexatrim. I tried going vegan. I tried SlimFast. I tried eating nothing but Lean Cuisines. And all it got me was stressed out and I gained back all the weight plus some when I stopped whatever diet I had been on.

My local radio station talks about a weight loss pill called Healthy Trim. Two of the three morning DJ's I listen to are taking it and have seem great results. They were offering a 60 day money back guarantee so I figured what the heck. I ordered a bottle and figured if I felt funky or it didn't work I'd send it back. Well, I gotta tell you, this stuff works great for me! I've been taking it for 2 months now and am down 23.4 pounds. It's basically an appetite suppressant. I don't get hungry. I don't crave bad stuff. And I drink water the majority of the time.

All they ask people to do on Healthy Trim is to take 1-2 pills in the morning with 2-3 glasses of water. Then eat breakfast 3 hours later. Go about your normal routine. Eat what you like, but in moderation. If I want pasta, I eat pasta. If I want a burger, I eat a burger. I just get full after eating less. I do exercise a little but don't have a routine or anything. Usually it's just taking my dog for a long walk.

I was extremely skeptical before ordering Healthy Trim. I am ultra sensitive to caffeine and was afraid that it would increase my frequency of migraines. Each pill has 150mg of caffeine in it and it's what's naturally in the green tea in the supplement. I haven't had any increase in my migraines, which rocks!

I know that diet and exercise are the best and healthiest way to lose weight, but I just got so sick and tired of my stomach grumbling all the time. It's hard to stay motivated on diet and exercise alone when your stomach is trying to eat itself. this keeps my stomach from grumbling, and therefore allows me to stay in control. I am so glad that I decided to try this supplement and am looking forward to seeing continued success with it! :)

jeankarla
10-12-2010, 05:13 AM
I hadn't heard about it being pulled from the market, but this is the drug I was talking about (Meridia) in my previous post when I said that the side effects were so extreme my husband begged me to stop taking it and made me promise never to take it again.

Even though it had stopped working for weight loss after only about 15 to 20 lbs, I didn't want to stop taking it because it made me feel amazingly confident (when I wasn't having bouts of panic). I would suspect it was much like being bipolar. The highs were so great that I didn't want to give up the drug, even though the lows were pretty miserable (usually only in the middle of the night - during the day I felt like superwoman).

I'd wake in the middle of the night in either panic or bone-crushing despair (convinced that no one loved me and never would). My husband would wake to my sobbing (or screaming if I was in a panic state).

I have a masters degree in psychology and I still didn't see the problem myself until I was off the drug. I thought my husband was "over-reacting," sometimes I was even paranoid, feeling he was deliberately trying to ruin the extra confidence I was feeling (it wasn't really confidence, it was recklessness).

Any of the drugs that affect neurotransmitters (antidepressants, some weight loss drugs, some muscle relaxants) can have unpredictable mental effects. I knew this as a mental health professional, but I didn't really see it in myself until I'd been off the drug for several weeks and the nighmares and night terrors and middle-of-the--night mental crises disappeared.

This seems to be a scary experience. I mean, at first, you only want to get slim but eventually, you have to deal with the effects of the drug.

Personally, I have tried to take an anti obesity pill. And yes, the effects were great. I do not have the appetite to eat leaving me not having a single meal for the entire day. Eventually, I lost a lot of weight. However, the effects were also inseparable. I have difficulty sleeping at night and all through the day, I have very dry lips/throat.

Jean

jeankarla
10-12-2010, 05:14 AM
I hadn't heard about it being pulled from the market, but this is the drug I was talking about (Meridia) in my previous post when I said that the side effects were so extreme my husband begged me to stop taking it and made me promise never to take it again.

Even though it had stopped working for weight loss after only about 15 to 20 lbs, I didn't want to stop taking it because it made me feel amazingly confident (when I wasn't having bouts of panic). I would suspect it was much like being bipolar. The highs were so great that I didn't want to give up the drug, even though the lows were pretty miserable (usually only in the middle of the night - during the day I felt like superwoman).

I'd wake in the middle of the night in either panic or bone-crushing despair (convinced that no one loved me and never would). My husband would wake to my sobbing (or screaming if I was in a panic state).

I have a masters degree in psychology and I still didn't see the problem myself until I was off the drug. I thought my husband was "over-reacting," sometimes I was even paranoid, feeling he was deliberately trying to ruin the extra confidence I was feeling (it wasn't really confidence, it was recklessness).

Any of the drugs that affect neurotransmitters (antidepressants, some weight loss drugs, some muscle relaxants) can have unpredictable mental effects. I knew this as a mental health professional, but I didn't really see it in myself until I'd been off the drug for several weeks and the nighmares and night terrors and middle-of-the--night mental crises disappeared.

This seems to be a scary experience. I mean, at first, you only want to get slim but eventually, you have to deal with the effects of the drug.

Personally, I have tried to take an anti obesity pill. And yes, the effects were great. I do not have the appetite to eat leaving me not having a single meal for the entire day. Eventually, I lost a lot of weight. However, the effects were also inseparable. I have difficulty sleeping at night and all through the day, I have very dry lips/throat.

Jean