Losing weight may be as simple as taking a dietary supplement according to Skinny Body Care. Their product, Skinny Fiber Pills, are advertised as an all-natural weight loss solution. Dieters are told to take two of the pills 30 minutes before lunch and dinner with a glass of water. Once the pills are taken, the water-soluble fiber they contain expands, creating a feeling of fullness which causes less food to be consumed at those meals.
Research has shown that the water-soluble fiber in Skinny Fiber Pills, glucomannan, does create a feeling of fullness when it expands. The expansion happens because the gelling agent absorbs water as it passes through the GI tract. Registered Dietitian Mary Hartley points out that this is not an exclusive trait. “Glucomannan is not the only water-soluble fiber. Other sources include oatmeal, apples, oranges, pears, berries, potatoes, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, celery, carrots, flax seeds, beans, and dried peas,” she said. “Psyllium seeds (Metamucil) are rich in water-soluble fiber and will produce the same results for a fraction of the cost.”
Also on the ingredient list are two natural appetite suppressants, chá de bugre and caralluma. Chá de bugre is a fruit found in the rainforest, and caralluma is an extract from a desert cactus. “These traditional plants are said to reduce hunger, but there is no good research to support those claims. The long-term safety of both is unknown,” Hartley said. She added that pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid use.
Though there may not be clinical research to back up the effectiveness of the Skinny Fiber pills, plenty of user feedback does. Many people are claiming to have lost large amounts of weight by taking the Skinny Fiber pills. Others said that while they felt fuller, it didn’t help them lose that much weight. If you take the Skinny Fiber pills and do lose weight, it is important to remember that there is no such thing as a “miracle pill,” and similar results might be reached by adding more fiber to your diet naturally.