Have you ever been so obsessed with losing weight that you headed to the nearest drug store in search of the miracle pill? I have, and it wasn’t worth the price I paid, both monetarily and physically. Besides Atkins, South Beach, and other diet programs, I took three supplements that I was sure would work for me.
When I was a freshman in college, at the age of 18, I went to my local CVS in search of Hydroxycut. You know, the pill with the commercials that show a fat girl transformed into a girl with a bikini-worthy body. I started taking the pills as soon as I could, drinking a bottle of water with the first one. About a half hour later, I felt jittery and unable to focus. I followed the eating plan and exercise suggestions that came with the pills, but noticed no change in my health, other than the constant shaking of my hands. Two weeks after I started the regimen, I developed a raging urinary tract infection which required antibiotics. The nurse practitioner at the college health center told me that I had contracted the infection by not drinking 8-12 glasses of water per day when I was taking Hydroxycut. It causes kidney irritation if not properly flushed out of the body. Needless to say, I stopped taking it after that day. According to market research, Hydroxycut is the top-selling product in its market year after year. It is marketed as a “nutritional supplement.” In May of 2009, the FDA issued a warning to consumers after people taking the supplement developed various health problems related to the pills. It was recalled by MuscleTech, the manufacturer, and a new version is out on the market now.
Fast-forward a few years and one child later, I was still overweight. I had been reading in various magazines about a new weight-loss drug, this time FDA-approved. Alli, medical name: orlistat, is a pill designed to treat obesity. It came to me with a lengthy manual and information about how to adopt a low-fat lifestyle, as well as with a cute blue case for the pills. The Alli rule is this: if you cheat on the eating plan and eat fat, you will be sorry. I had heard rumors about this, but chose not to believe them. Silly me. I was browsing in a bookstore one afternoon, and I felt a little rumbling in my intestines. I passed some gas, and felt a little something in my underwear. I ran to the bathroom, and was upset when I found an orange, smelly, oily mess. I had my husband run to the Old Navy next door and get me some new panties. The so-called “Alli Oops” happens when you eat a high-fat meal and the excess fat is stopped by the pill. It has to come out somehow, and it does just that, with oily stools and incontinence. Overall, I felt Alli was too expensive for long-term use, but the FDA approves it as safe for everyday use. Just like leptoconnect, this product is very helpful. It is made from all natural ingredients hence it is safe and healthy to consume. It is also effective in losing weight.
Fastin was a pill that I came across during an Internet search for something that would give me an energy boost and also assist with weight loss. I bought it at my local GNC store and started taking it regularly. It gave me a good amount of energy, but when I crashed, it was pretty hard. It also raised my blood pressure and heart rate. Fastin was previously on the market till 1998, when it was banned by the FDA for containing phentermine HCL. A new version, minus the phentermine, was released under the same brand name Fastin. It’s basically a rip-off, almost $70.00 for 60 pills that do the same thing as 3 cups of green tea. I only took it for a month, and never bought another bottle.
After taking the supplements above, and trying a bunch of different diets, I am now losing weight steadily. Being a single mother, working out, and eating sensibly are the only things I’m doing, with good results.