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KarenG@Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 01/31/2012 14:18:54 From: 199.248.225.250
Just a follow up to my post on 1/28/12. If you would like to read reviews on popular weight loss books visit the American Dietetic Association now know as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org. In the search area type in the name of the book or weight loss books and a list of reviewed books will be displayed.
KarenG@Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 01/28/2012 15:00:42 From: 69.207.80.174
jhb,

If it sounds to good to be true then it probably is!!! If you are considering a weight loss plan or diet supplement then use the following to help guide you in your decision before wasting your money.

* Sounds too good to be true, it probably is. “Lose 15 lbs in 7 days!”
* Recommends using a single food on a very consistent basis.
* Promises quick and easy weight loss with no effort. (don't have to change current diet or exercise behavior)
* Eliminates an entire food group such as carbohydrates or dairy.
* Guarantees an outcome in a specified time period.
* Bases evidence for effectiveness only on the quotes of other dieters.

As for Healthe Trim, it contains hydoxycitric acid which in the 2009 the FDA issues a warning that it may cause liver failure.

If you are trying to lose weight the following offer sound nutrition advise and realist weight loss plans.

The Duke Diet: Renown Program for Healthy & Lasting Weight Loss. Howard Eisenson & Martin Binks

The Small Change Diet: 10 steps to a Thinner Healthier You. Kari Gans

Full of Life without Dieting. Michael A. Synder

It may help to see a Registered Dietitian who could help individualize a plan for you. Thanks for the question and good luck.
jhb

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 01/26/2012 18:28:00 From: 67.240.228.237
So, are there any supplements any of you experts out there recommend for weight loss? I hear a lot of radio ads promoting a supplement called "Healthe Trim." Could this be safe and effective?
Jane@Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 12/05/2011 11:48:27 From: 199.248.225.250
KCMichelle, You are welcome with the help. KarenB offered some fantastic advice about the quality of a nutritional supplements. To find out if your multivitamin is good quality consider purchasing, The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements by Lyle McWilliams. This is a wonderful resource because the author is a Biochemist and he scientifically compares different supplements.
In regards to your question about a supplement to assist with weight loss; I did not see that Dr. Oz program you referred to. Honestly I am not familiar with any of the supplements except for the grape seed extract. I know of no resource that says grape seed extract is helpful with weight loss. I do know it is a bioflavonoid supplement which is an antioxidant. Scientifically observed and documented benefits include supporting healthy immune function and supporting healthy peripheral function. Foreskolin, taken from Web MD, "currently there is no reliable scientific information that shows Coleus forskohili extracts(high levels of forskolin) taken by mouth are effective" Did receive information on Irvingia gabonesis seeds from www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. This refers to the benefits of fiber with this product, The seeds are a soluble fiber.Apple Pectin is a soluble fiber also. Overall, in regards to weight loss, I totally agree with Karen B. Increase fiber in your diet through whole grains, fruit and vegetables. I have seen time and time again that increasing fiber and increasing activity and exercise are the keys to weight loss.Increase fiber gradually, even up to 50g/day. This has been shown to be effective in weight loss and controlling blood sugars.Another tip that I use is to wear a pedometer! I applaud your efforts for better health.
KCMichelle

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 11/30/2011 19:04:48 From: 66.66.99.158
I already take a multi-vitamin. I am just looking for a little extra boost to help with the weight loss. Thank you for your help.
Jane@Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 11/30/2011 16:32:16 From: 199.248.225.250
Hi KCMichelle!
Joy gave an excellent answer. I am curious to know if you are considering supplements to assist with the weight loss or are you referring to taking a daily multivitamin. In any case, I would suggest you discuss with your Primary MD. Some nutritional supplements can interact with medications you are taking.Thank you for asking your question. It shows you want to be well informed prior to taking a supplement, even though you heard it may help. Jane
KarenB@Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 11/30/2011 14:34:36 From: 199.248.225.250
Hi KCMichelle:
Great question! Just a couple of thoughts to add to Joy's suggestions. Just as a reminder to anyone who is considering starting on over-the-counter supplements- ALWAYS check with your doctor and pharmacist beforehand. Your own doctor can best determine whether a product you are considering would be safe and helpful for you.

I agree with Joy that the National Institute of Health (NIH) would be a good on-line resource for you to do your homework before discussing with your doctor. The NIH has a National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and that website address is nccam.nih.gov/news/alerts. Here you will find information on products that are currently being questioned for safety and efficacy.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not involved in approving supplements for safety, but they do offer information on questionable products at fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/Alerts/default.htm. Supplements can be very expensive, and there is certainly concern for how they interact with eachother. Also to keep in mind, supplements can vary greatly by grade and it can be difficult to know which are of the highest quality. As a last thought, I notice that many of the supplements you have mentioned are high in dietary fiber, which may be postively contributing to their effectiveness. Aiming for 25-35 grams of fiber per day from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables is always a good first step.

Best wishes, and thanks for your question.
Joy at Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 11/29/2011 17:07:54 From: 199.248.225.250
Dear KCMichelle,
Your question certainly requires complex consideration. Yes, the foundation for weight loss and managing a healthful weight is dietary intake that has nutrition balance and adequate but not excessive caloric intake and for most people includes planned daily physical activity. Many people find that they struggle losing weight and/or keeping weight off despite their best effort to eat healthy and be active. For people with diabetes there is the added concern of keeping blood sugars within range as they plan meals, snacks and physical activity into their day. The use of supplements to support this process is often recommended. I would encourage you to do your research and find out if any of the supplements you see advertised or recommended, no matter by who, have clinical research studies that support their efficacy.

You may find the following website by Medline Plus by the National Institue of Health helpful: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/dietarysupplements.html

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

I will look further into the supplements you listed in your post and get back to you.
KCMichelle

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 11/29/2011 14:25:23 From: 199.248.225.250
Like many with diabetes (and those without) I am constantly trying to lose weight. In spite of portion control and regular exercise, I often struggle in this area. I am not, by history, a believer in supplements. However, I have been noticing that more credentialed health experts like Dr. Oz have been suggesting the use of supplements in addition with a healthy lifestyle to help get those pounds off. Dr. Oz, for example, has suggested things like Irvingia (African mango extract), apple pectin, grape seed extract, and forskolin, which he says, and I quote, "explodes fat right out of fat cells." What do you think about supplements? Are there any that you recommend? I worry about side effects. Would I have to buy all of these expensive things, or couldn't I just eat some mangos, apples, and grapes to get the same result (in moderation of course!)
 
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