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Do prescription weight loss pills actually work

Overweight and obese people all over the world have one wish in common: a magic weight loss pill that will help them slim down quickly. Manufacturers and distributors in the weight loss industry make absolute fortunes selling diet pills, and will continue to do so for as long as there are people battling lose weight and keep it off.

The sheer volume of weight loss pills and supplements available makes it impossible to discuss it as a single topic. Some of these weight loss supplements or diet pills work, others don’t. Some are dangerous to use, and yet others may be quite harmless. This article will discuss a few of the more popular weight loss pills only available by prescription.

The trust that we have in our doctors and medical systems is based in a basic belief: doctors are meant to heal us, so any drug prescribed by a doctor must be good for us. While the intentions are good, it is also true that most drugs only available on doctor’s prescription are almost invariably dangerous under certain conditions, which is exactly why it can only be used under medical supervision. If these drugs were totally harmless, they would have been available over the counter.

The question then arises: why would a doctor prescribe something for you that may damage your health? Doctors have to weigh up the potential side effects of weight loss pills against the health benefits of losing weight and then make a judgment call. He or she also has to take into account your track record in losing weight following more conventional methods. It is important for all of us to research any drugs prescribed to us, so we can make informed decisions in following medical advice.
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The Acai Berry Weight Loss Scam

Is the acai berry weight loss craze a scam; just another fad diet? Yes, of course! Crazy claims of huge weight loss in a matter of weeks, all just by incorporating acai berries into your diet? Increased energy levels, improved digestion, improved sleep, younger skin – you name it, the acai berry magically delivers it. No scientific study or report remotely supports any claims made with regards to the weight loss magic offered by the acai berry. Why all the fuss then?

Well, for starters, it is far easier to get the public to believe an exotic berry out of the rain forests of Brazil offers the magic cure for obesity than it would be to convince consumers they will magically lose weight eating blueberries, grapes, apple or banana. While the acai berry offers many other health benefits, it will be no more effective in helping you lose weight than any other fruit.

The acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berry is just another fruit after all. The berries are harvested in the Brazilian rain forest from acai palms that may reach heights in excess of 60 feet – one of the same palms used to harvest edible hearts of palm. Acai is naturally lower in sugar, with the flavor described as something between berries and chocolate. This berry is commonly used in juices, beverages, smoothies, frozen treats and dietary supplements.
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Lose weight faster with NuPhedrine

NuPhedrine offers you two weight loss ingredients in one non-prescription pill. It contains the patented Advantra-Z in the extra strength concentration, combined with Hoodia Gordonii in the most potent form available. The combination of these two ingredients helps you lose weight much faster by increasing your metabolism to burn up more calories even when you are resting and suppressing your appetite. Since Advantra-Z is a stimulant, you will also notice an increase in energy. NuPhedrine can be taken with any nutritional plan you are on, irrespective of whether it is low gi, low in fat, low in carbs, or calorie restricted. It should work with all of them. But, if you intend to buy NuPhedrine to help you lose weight, please read this article first and make an informed decision.

A review of NuPhedrine will be incomplete without a reference to the history of one of the ingredients in Nuphedrine, namely Advantra-Z. Advantra-Z is a patented form of synephrine, or “bitter orange”, which is a stimulant related to ephedra. In the early 1990’s Ephedra (Ma Huang), in combination with Caffeine and Aspirin gained widespread popularity as a performance enhancer, energy booster, appetite suppressor and weight loss aid. This combination of drugs was known as the E.C.A stack. Ephedra not only boosts the metabolism, it also increases body heat and as such can be regarded as a thermogenic drug. It was reported that, with caffeine, ephedra can help people lose 5 to 10 percent of their body weight.
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Symptom Vs. Cause in Weight Loss

Author: Sonia Devine

The other day one of my clients said to me: ‘I have a friend who tried hypnotherapy for weight loss, but it didn’t work for her.’ She was wondering why some people seemed to respond to weight loss hypnotherapy, while others did not. I explained to her that not all hypnotherapy is equal; that some therapists focus very strongly on eliminating the symptoms of being overweight, which are usually overeating, lack of motivation to exercise, sugar/fat addiction and alcohol addiction.

Many people believe that their eating patterns are simply habit, and that hypnotherapy can help them to break that habit. In some cases this is true. But in many cases, the overeating is serving a purpose. Sometimes it alleviates anxiety. Sometimes it provides comfort. It may even serve to numb emotional pain. Whatever the case, it is not the vice that is the problem, but the need for the vice.


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Alli can help you lose 50% more weight!


A single search on the internet or even a stroll down to your local drugstore can easily overwhelm you with the sheer range of diet pills available; all promising to help you lose weight. Some of them may actually work, others really do nothing at all, and then there are those that are simply dangerous to use. In such a minefield it is very welcome and comforting to come across a weight loss pill that is FDA approved. Alli, on sale in the U.S. since June 2007, is the only over–the-counter FDA approved weight loss pill.

To dieters Alli offers more than just a weight loss pill – it is supported by a well developed online weight loss program, the “Alli 1-2-3 Start Plan” that offers education, advice and support. After you purchase Alli, the diet is tailored to your individual needs as soon as you register online and create your personal profile. You’ll be provided with feedback, customized guidance, next steps, as well as access to a variety of weight loss resources and meal plans.

The Alli nutritional plan also focuses on aspects such as your general mindset, your relationship with food and exercise and your reaction to setbacks. According to the Alli program your approach to weight loss and your new lifestyle is critical to reaching your goal weight and then maintaining it. Continue reading ‘Alli can help you lose 50% more weight!’

Oolong tea can really help you lose weight!


Thought it was just another fad? Well apparently not. It is refreshing to find that there have been quite a few scientific studies done that support claims that oolong tea can really assist people with weight loss and is in general very good for your health. The polyphenols it contains not only helps you lose weight, it also remove free radicals and improve your health in general. Oolong tea is also marketed as Wu-long tea.

In China, tea has historically been used as a medicine. Tea can be categorized into three types, depending on the level of fermentation: i.e. green (unfermented), oolong (partially fermented) and black (fermented) tea. White tea falls in the same category as green tea, just in case you wondered. It has been known for some time that tea helps to control obesity and this is common knowledge in China. The western world is now fast realizing the wisdom of this ancient belief. A classical Chinese pharmaceutical book called the “Bencao Shiyi” (A supplement to the Materia Medica) states, “Drinking tea for a long time will make one live long and stay in good shape without becoming too fat and too heavy.”

Oolong tea falls somewhere between green tea and black tea in the duration of time the tea leaves are allowed to oxidize (ferment). The different brands of oolong tea are often slightly more or slightly less fermented, resulting in subtle differences in taste. Tea connoisseurs classify the tea by its aroma (often floral or fruity), and they describe the taste and aftertaste as melon like. Many people absolutely love it, but we have come across people that actually do not like the taste at all. Fortunately for those people all the goodness of oolong tea can also be taken in the form of a tablet! Considerably more expensive, but for those that don’t like the tea, it is a much more pleasant way to get all the benefits of oolong tea.
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Beating the Bulge with Proactol

I don’t know about you, but I believe that technology is one of the main reasons why we are nowadays able to live such long and fulfilling lives. Many of us would not have been around today, had it not been for major advances in medical science and technology. So I, for one, am a big believer in using the best that technology has to offer. Yes, we have to develop healthier eating habits, become more active, and all those good things, but…if technology can make life a bit easier, why not?

Have you ever found yourself at a work, family or other social function surrounded by the most wonderful variety of mouth-watering food (high in fat off course), just as you started your new diet? Or do you sometimes feel the need to throw caution to the wind for just one night? Well, fortunately, help is at hand. Fat binders allow us to eat fatty foods and then prevent the excess fat from forming that hated “protective layer” around your thighs or waist!

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Hoodia Gordonii report

According to CBS (Correspondent Lesley Stahl – November 2004) people spend more than $40 billion each year on products designed to help them lose weight. Many of these products did not live up to expectations, but a lot of research is underway into solutions for this ever present problem. By all accounts Hoodia Gordonii may finally be the answer.

Hoodia is a natural substance that reduces your appetite. It functions differently from other appetite suppressants and diet stimulants such as Ephedra and Phenfen, that are now banned because of the dangerous side effects. Hoodia doesn’t stimulate at all. Scientists say it fools the brain by making you think you’re full, even if you’ve eaten very little.

Studies showed the diet of the South African bushmen (the San people), legendary for their ability to survive in a very barren environment with very little food available, naturally contains hoodia as a key ingredient since the beginning of human memory. The natural habitat of the bushmen is the Kalahari Desert in South Africa, which also happens to be the only place in the world where hoodia grows wild.

Nigel Crawhall, a linguist and interpreter, hired an experienced tracker named Toppies Kruiper, a local aboriginal Bushman, to help find hoodia. While Kruiper led the 60 Minutes crew out into the desert, Lesley Stahl asked him if he ate hoodia. “I really like to eat them when the new rains have come,” says Kruiper, speaking through the interpreter. “Then they’re really quite delicious.”

When the team located the plant, Kruiper cut off a piece that looked like a small spiky pickle, and proceeded to remove the sharp spines. In the interest of science, Stahl ate it. She described the taste as cucumber-like in texture, but not bad.”
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