Montel Williams is championing a new product that targets fat about your midsection. With swimsuit season right around the corner, could this product help you have the confidence to go from a one-piece to a bikini?
First I had to ask myself why Montel Williams, a known TV-talk show host with no background in nutrition, is promoting a weight loss product. This is what Ryan Bilvas, a representative from SafSlim told me.
“Montel has personally struggled with body and emotional eating issues and for years has been searching for a natural way to help with his weight and snacking problems. He asked his assistant to find a natural product to help him manage his weight and hunger issues and she ordered him SafSlim after hearing about it from friends. He used it for three months and after seeing his weight go down and his urge to eat all the time decrease, he contacted the company to see how he could help other people experience these results. Montel is known for his passion, he gains happiness and personal achievement by helping others and seeing them live well.”
MS is Multiple Sclerosis, a neurological disorder that can affect so many different parts of the body including vision, muscles, control of bowels and urination, and the list goes on and on. I commend Montel for wanting to take control of his health and pay it forward to others.
SafSlim, which contains high-linoleic safflower oil, was evaluated against conjugated linoelic acid in post-menopausal women who have high blood sugar. Side effects that were noted were mainly digestive with some accompanied by nausea and diarrhea. Women who were evaluated were on low-carb/low-fat diet plans and exercising several times per week.
Safflower oil is from the vegetable oil family and contains omega-6 which lowers cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol), but may also lower HDL (good cholesterol). Someone who is taking cholesterol medication like a statin or has abnormal cholesterol would probably not be a good candidate to try SafSlim.
Safslim comes in two flavors – Tangerine Cream Fusion and Berry Cream Fusion – and is taken as one tablespoonful twice daily before meals. Refrigerating the bottle after opening may help it to taste better for you. The bottle retails at $29.99 and will last fifteen days. If you are calorie counting each tablespoon contains 60 calories, 5 grams of carbohydrates, and 5 grams of fat.
As I’m studying to become a certified diabetes educator I have spent a lot of time trying to understand the science behind obesity and how it often leads to type 2 diabetes. Here’s what science tells us: Increases in blood glucose signals release of insulin to convert that glucose into stored energy called glycogen and into fat which is stored for energy for later use. Especially in type 2 diabetics, this fat is centralized in the belly area and this fat makes the skeletal muscle less sensitive to insulin, keeping the sugar levels higher. It’s a viscous cycle that needs to be controlled with proper nutrition. The verdict is still out whether a low carbohydrate or low fat diet is more effective. The general consensus is that calorie restriction is the ideal way to promote weight loss.
The website has very informative tips about nutrition including some areas on healthy fats like olive oil and avocados. It also mentions exercise and all the benefits it provides. Exercise, especially aerobics like running or biking, helps decrease insulin resistance to muscle which helps blood sugar be used more efficiently.
I don’t think taking the word of a celebrity or TV-personality is the best when it comes to a supplement recommendation. Obviously I think the best person to talk to about this is a pharmacist or doctor. The one thing that Montel has going for him to promote this product is that he is relatable and recognizable. I was encouraged by Montel’s video that is on YouTube about Safslim. He mentions that it takes hard work and dedication and diet and exercise to achieve your weight loss goals. Usually that’s something you have to read in the fine print on the bottom of a webpage or on a diet pill box.
April 23rd, 2012