Let’s face reality. As much as doctors and pharmacists will tell you there are risks in taking diet pills and the effects they could have on your health, people take them anyway. What I do believe in is the power of knowledge and educating yourself before taking any chances. Let’s take a look at three pretty popular diet aids and how they compare to each other: Acai, Hoodia, and Raspberry Ketones, the newest craze.
Raspberry Ketones were recently discussed on the Dr. Oz show and hours later pharmacies were getting calls from patients. “Where can I get it, is it safe?” Well I can tell you that not many pharmacies or stores carry this product yet. It’s believed that raspberry ketones help burn fat by increasing the release of norepinephrine in your body. This causes the body’s temperature to rise and in doing this increases the body’s metabolism. Increased norepinephrine could causes an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Currently most of the raspberry ketone studies conducted were done in mice and we don’t have much to go on for how this will affect humans.
Hoodia is derived from a plant located in Southern Africa called hoodia gordonii. Commercially you can buy it in capsules, tablets, chocolate chews, and a variety of other forms. There are numerous websites selling hoodia, but because the products are not regulated by the FDA it’s possible you won’t be getting any of what you paid for.
There are few studies to support the effectiveness of hoodia. Pfizer was looking to enter the diet pill market and developed a molecule called P57, which was very similar to hoodia, but in 2003 decided to discontinue their research and give the rights to the other company they were working with, called Phytopharm.
In an unusual settlement, a seller of hoodia supplements has agreed to sell his vacation home in addition to ceasing to make unvalidated weight-loss claims. David J. Romeo and the two companies he controlled are accused of making false claims, such as calling hoodia “the world’s best chance at a cure for obesity.”
Romeo has a year to sell his Vermont country home and surrender the proceeds to the government, failing at this, he would face a $22.5 million fine. Other false statements cited by the Federal Trade Commission include claims that hoodia can reduce calorie intake by 1000 per day and “has many wonderful effects on the body, all of which are linked to the activity of the hypothalamus of the brain.”
At DietsInReview.com, we like to think we’ve seen it all when it comes to dieting and weight loss products. Then, something like Huge Lips Skinny Hips come along and we’re surprised all over again. This hot new product, being featured on The Today Show, promotes itself as “the yummiest lip plumper equipped with hoodia.” So your lips will look juicy, full and shiny, while your appetite is suppressed to help you avoid giving into cravings to reach your goal weight.
Created by fashion and beauty journalist Karen Robinovitz, the goal was to allow you to attend a soiree feeling and looking sexy, and completely able to avoid the temptation of appetizers. Huge Lips Skinny Hips’ Website, under its manufacturing name Purple Lab, makes you feel like you’ve walked into a seductive burlesque show, inviting you to use the hoodia lip gloss as much for weight loss as you would to feel sexy and beautiful. (more…)
We are truly living in an era of mind-boggling technological innovations. When it comes to food, science is creating some pretty wild stuff that is making genetically-modified tomatoes look like cell phones from the early nineties.
One of the latest class of products that are designed to help us lose weight are tasteless food additives that are sprinkled on food. Once ingested, they have the power to induce feelings of fullness by acting on certain areas of the brain. It’s kind of like what may happen if hoodia were to meet your salt shaker. But unlike many dietary supplements, these food additives don’t contain hoodia, drugs or any other stimulants.
As a very weight-absorbed culture, we are always looking for the latest, greatest and quickest way to shed some pounds. There is no shortage of weight loss products on the market today. From hoodia to green tea, the new wave of weight loss products come from nature rather than being manufactured in a sterile lab by a team of white-coated researchers.
One such product that has been picking up steam is Caralluma Fimbriata. While hoodia hails from Africa, Caralluma grows in India. In fact, it shares a lot of similarities to hoodia such as also being a succulent-based plant and it has been eaten as a vegetable by natives for hundreds of years to stave off hunger on long journeys or through bouts of food shortages.
How Does it Work?
Caralluma is believed to work its magic by blocking the opportunity for fat cells to form and forcing fat stores to be used as primary fuel. It is also believed to act on the brain, particularly, the part of the brain that controls hunger. Caralluma acts like an “off” switch telling our brains that we’re full even if we’re not. Therefore, fewer calories will be consumed and the pounds will start to come off, or so it is hoped. (more…)