I agree with most of your points ... have also tried all the above stuff and am of the opinion that over-the-counter diet pills are not only a waste of money but range from detrimental to dangerous in the health department.
Slimfast, well, I used to live on it and actually did lose a lot of weight doing it ... however, it became hard to keep off due to the large amount of sugar in the original version ... the lower sugar versions now out are better, but for me they became addictive ... I stopped eating a variety of foods and just wanted Slimfast all the time! :laugh: However, I do think some of these can be a quick alternative to an on-the-go healthy meal for some people, although there may be better brands than Slimfast (EAS bars helped me through my first Body For Life segment).
The only "magic pill" that has ever REALLY helped me, though, is a nutritious, low glycemic diet without refined sugar, white flour, corn or rice products (I do cheat on this sometimes) ... this controls blood sugar and eliminates food cravings better than any purported hoodia preparations or other "diet pills" ... and it calms the mind better than Relacore (which doesn't ... I've tried that, too ... it's a vitamin pill, nothing else) and provides sustained energy better than Xantrac (I imagine, haven't tried this ... doesn't sound safe).
When will people get it? If all these diet pills that line the shelves and are sold all over the internet actually worked
, the whole problem of obesity as we know it would disappear overnight. There would be no obesity research, no obesity clinics, no Biggest Loser
TV show, no plus-size clothing outlets, no 3FC ('cause we'd all be out on the beach showin' off our new bikinis), no ... whatever ...
I don't get it. Every now and then I come on this Does it Work
section o' the forum and invariably there's the same ol' thing. Someone posts "does it work" about some new over-the-counter diet pill they're thinkin' 'bout buyin' ... I suspect some of them, the ones with only one or two posts to their user name, may be actually sellin' the products or are paid to post disguised spam, but others are sincerely thinkin' that these pills might be the answer for them. Yet few and far between are the legitimate posts tellin' these folks that yes the pills are wonderful and they've permanently
solved their obesity/overweight problem by using Brand X or Brand Y or ingesting some miracle plant food stuffed in a capsule and that they've taken out a second mortgage on the house to buy a lifetime supply 'cause here FINALLY is the answer AND btw here's research from XYZ University, endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration that the problem of obesity as we know it has now been solved for all time by this humble pill sold in Walgreen's.
That just doesn't seem to happen. The threads die out and a new miracle in a bottle appears in a few months in Walgreen's diet section.
I am not talking about prescription weight loss drugs, since I believe the decision to take or not take these should rest between a patient and doctor.