Does it Work? - Cinnamon Pills for help with losing a few pounds?




taben07
03-28-2011, 03:39 PM
Does this work? I read an article in a magazine where this helps w/the aid of losing a few pounds. Helps with lowering one's cholesterol too. Anyone tried these pills? I am not relying on these for weight loss perse....just to help with losing a couple pounds if it really works.

Your thoughts....

Please and thanks! :)


josey
03-28-2011, 03:46 PM
I haven't even heard of them but why not eat cinnamon itself? I usually sprinkle some on my yogurt, fruit, oatmeal... it's even good in a bowl of chili!

Karen31
03-28-2011, 04:53 PM
My cousins tried this and she lost 3 pounds the first week and her hubby lost 4.


iaradajnos
03-28-2011, 07:43 PM
Well, I read about them and learned that there's a difference between common cinnamon and the weight loss variety. From the Whole Foods site, it talks about insulin effects, anti-microbial, anti-clotting, and warming effects (first link below). The second one talks about weight loss and the particular variety. I've tried to order the Ceylon variety but haven't heard from the bulk foods store.

www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=68

http://neoweight.com/cinnamon-speed-up-the-metablolism-a-natural-weight-loss-supplement

dragonlady1978
03-30-2011, 03:26 PM
Cinnamon definitely helps regulate blood sugar levels, which can help you lose weight and keep the cravings rollercoaster in check. I've taken it for years to combat some of the issues that stem from my PCOS.

Lots of women with PCOS gain weight easily and have a horrible time losing weight-the science of x calorie deficit = y weight loss just doesn't seem to apply...and I'd venture to say that cinnamon is what makes it possible for me by keeping my insulin resistance in check. It should be very difficult and slow-going for me to lose weight when dieting, and when I actually eat how I'm supposed to I lose just fine. I'm in my 6th week of weight watchers and have lost 18 pounds.

If only I could keep it off. I've lost and gained back the same 80 pounds or so multiple times.

I think cinnamon can help you lose weight, but it doesn't MAKE you lose weight. I take it daily and it doesn't stop me from gaining (or make me lose) if I'm bingeing. If you're looking for diet support, it's a supplement that can help and and without the side effects of diet pills. Studies have shown that it is so effective at regulating blood sugar levels that it can make significant improvements in glucose and lipids in people with type 2 diabetes.

I have no idea at what smaller dosages benefits can be seen, but I do know that the amount I take in capsule form-there's just no way I could eat that much as a condiment.

nagi999
08-29-2011, 11:15 PM
I also take cinnamon--a teaspoon a day in my protein shake and it has completely controlled my cravings. It also has a natural appetite suppressant in it(the highest concentration of the substance is from the Chinese cinnamon variety)...The first week I started taking cinnamon I found myself forgetting to eat. I was taking 2 teaspoons a day(one in AM and one in PM) so I backed it down to 1 teaspoon and my appetite went back to normal.
I was a terrible sweet tooth so this was like the magic bullet and I practically cried for joy. Now I can keep to my food plan! :carrot:

JJ Canada
08-29-2011, 11:23 PM
Are you serious? That almost sounds to good to be true. Give me a club size package of that stuff!! lol

April Snow
08-30-2011, 11:46 AM
I've been using Ceylon cinnamon every day (used in foods - not capsules). I am not sure how much is related to my very low carb diet and how much to the cinnamon but I have been doing really well losing weight and have not been struggling with cravings. Today is my 100th day on this plan and I've been on plan the entire time.

Aclai4067
08-30-2011, 12:05 PM
Where do you get the pills? Whole Foods? GNC?

luckymommy
08-30-2011, 12:16 PM
Someone in the Living Maintenance group here has been using Cinnamon + Chromium supplements that she purchased at WalMart with great results. I just bought them but only used them last night. When you open the bottle, it does smell nice and cinnamony. ;)

Expunge
08-30-2011, 02:28 PM
Actually, Cassia ("fake" cinnamon) does contain the cinnamaldehydes that have been shown in preliminary studies to reduce insulin resistance. Ceylon cinnamon, Saigon cinnamon, and cassia all contain cinnamaldehydes, and it's more the quality of the product that determines active content than which variety it is. They do have different flavors though, so I'd go with whatever you prefer the taste of (personally I like Saigon cinnamon) and try to add it to foods you're eating (especially if they're high-carb or higher up on the glycemic index - the cinnamon will be much more effective if you use it on the foods that create the response you're trying to alter).

kelly315
08-30-2011, 03:13 PM
Cinnamon also tastes excellent on coffee. :D

luckymommy
09-06-2011, 10:03 PM
After using these pills for almost a week, I can say that I haven't noticed any difference in my weight or cravings.

jendiet
09-07-2011, 02:15 AM
when I am battling the need to binge--I drink a cup of chai tea. cinnamon and black pepper. black pepper supplies chromium and both of them stabilize blood sugar.

cuppycake
09-14-2011, 11:44 AM
Penzy's Spices has wonderful a cinamon variety. They have stores or you can buy online.

grabec
09-26-2011, 11:36 PM
I bought some of the cinnamon/chromium pills someone mentioned here at WalMart today. Always up for an experiment for anything that might help. Thanks for the posts.

TamTam
09-27-2011, 09:45 AM
I just ordered some Ceylon spice from Amazon, will try it and hope and pray that it helps. Thanks for all the post and information. Have a blessed day.:hug: Tammy

RedPanda
10-01-2011, 09:38 PM
Cinnamon definitely helps regulate blood sugar levels, which can help you lose weight and keep the cravings rollercoaster in check. [snip] I have no idea at what smaller dosages benefits can be seen, but I do know that the amount I take in capsule form-there's just no way I could eat that much as a condiment.

What she said.

I take two capsules a day, one about an hour before lunch, and another before leaving work to "tide me over" until my next meal. I have found them to be brilliant for evening out my blood sugar levels, reducing hunger and keeping cravings at bay.

Before I started taking a cinnamon capsule before leaving work, I would be a ravening beast by the time I got home - too tired and hungry to do my evening workout (no doubt due to low blood sugar).

Cinnamon capsules have made a world of difference for me.

Cue the dancing carrot! :carrot:

Just adding that chromium piccolinate is supposed to be good for stabilising blood sugar levels. When I started taking it, I lost a pound within days.

TamTam
10-08-2011, 09:21 AM
Hello all. Got the Ceylon Cinnamon in and took it for a week and am down 1.9 pounds this morning. BUT I have been watching my portion sizes. My blood sugar levels have been great this past week. I take 1 teaspoon a day. I usually have it in my oatmeal for breakfast and in my afternoon yougurt. Have a blessed day.

mandypandy2246
11-05-2011, 10:23 PM
Make sure if you take it as a supplement you get Ceylon Cinammon. If you take excess amounts of Cassia Cinnoman you can do liver or kidney damage. Normal amounts that you eat on a daily basis are not a problem - its just supplementing with large doses can be dangerous.

As for as ceylon cinnamon - my understanding is that what it really helps with is blood sugar. That said, out of control blood sugar levels make it hard to lose weight. So this is a great supplement for someone who is pre-diabetic or insulin resistant. Anyone who is obese should consider taking it.

RedPanda
11-05-2011, 11:21 PM
Make sure if you take it as a supplement you get Ceylon Cinammon. If you take excess amounts of Cassia Cinnoman you can do liver or kidney damage. Normal amounts that you eat on a daily basis are not a problem - its just supplementing with large doses can be dangerous.

Taking any kind of supplement in large doses is never a good idea. The recommended dose for my cinnamon capsules is 1-3 a day.

ValRock
11-06-2011, 02:18 PM
I take cinnamon. I definitely notice a difference when I forget to take it for a few days. Totally cuts the sugar cravings out for me.

RedPanda
11-06-2011, 02:58 PM
I do think cinnamon helps in regulating blood sugar but I just add it to food. I'd be leery of what it might do in capsule form.

I remember back in elementary school that (long long long ago lol) there was a huge fad for some reason for the kids to carry little bottles of cinnamon extract that they sucked from toothpicks. It was sold in stores. Lol, why ask why kids do things. Once a boy was taken to the nurse because he turned red and his mouth got swollen from doing that. That is all I remember about it, but it makes me believe that cinnamon is a strong spice and so I just sprinkle it on things, just my personal wee thingie. :)

Not wanting to get argumentative here, but I guess the cinnamon extract you're referring to was an essential oil, and hence a very concentrated form of cinnamon. The boy's mouth probably turned red due to local inflammation.

Cinnamon capsules are just gelatin capsules of powdered cinnamon. I just took one apart to check - each one holds slightly less than 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. They are just a convenient way to take cinnamon.

Amarantha2
11-06-2011, 06:48 PM
No worries, RedPanda, yes, it was a concentrated essential oil.

I just meant that is why I personally am leery of cinnamon except in food. :)

I'm removing my post so there is no confusion.

Have a good week! :wave:

Not wanting to get argumentative here, but I guess the cinnamon extract you're referring to was an essential oil, and hence a very concentrated form of cinnamon. The boy's mouth probably turned red due to local inflammation.

Cinnamon capsules are just gelatin capsules of powdered cinnamon. I just took one apart to check - each one holds slightly less than 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. They are just a convenient way to take cinnamon.

carolr3639
11-09-2011, 01:44 PM
Seems like there are more pros than cons posted here.