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Can a chromium supplement help me lose weight

Question: A friend told me that she takes a chromium supplement to help her lose weight. Is this a good diet pill to take?

Answer: Your body needs very small quantities of chromium to help your body process glucose. This link prompted scientists to investigate the benefits of chromium picolinate supplements for weight loss as well as for the treatment of insulin resistance.

As can be expected, many companies jumped on the bandwagon to promote chromium picolinate supplements as an aid to weight loss with claims that it helps to stabilize your blood sugar, increase lean muscle mass and promote fat loss. Of course, keeping your blood sugar levels stable is very important in managing your weight, because that is the key to controlling your appetite.

A number of scientific studies were conducted to test these claims with very little success. Results obtained from these studies showed that chromium picolinate supplementation does not help increase lean muscle mass nor does it help people lose weight.

Studies to examine the benefits of chromium picolinate supplements as an aid in the treatment of insulin resistance (and improvement in blood sugar levels) delivered mixed results, as small improvements in glucose resistance were reported in some trials while improved short-term insulin levels reported on others, with no change in insulin sensitivity. Opinions still vary and the FDA issued a statement in 2006 indicating that the relationship between insulin resistance and the use of Chromium Picolinate supplements is still highly uncertain.

The best way to keep your blood sugar levels stable is to eat regularly, and to follow a healthy diet that contains plenty of lean protein as well as fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. The most important aspect of a healthy diet (especially if you are concerned about your blood sugar levels) is to stay away as far as possible from refined carbs, including white bread, cake, pastries, sweets and anything else sweetened with sugar.

Is Imelda Perfect Slim a safe diet pill to use

Question: I’ve heard that Imelda Perfect Slim was taken off the market last year following a warning by the FDA. I personally lost 50 pounds effortlessly on Imelda Perfect Slim about two years ago. While I was taking Imelda Perfect Slim I actually forgot to eat, something that never happened to me before. I experienced an indifference to food that was just wonderful. It appears Imelda Perfect Slim is available on the Internet again. Does that mean it is now reformulated and safe to use?

Answer: Imelda Perfect Slim is on the FDA’s list of tainted weight loss products (available over the counter/ on the internet without prescription) tested and found to contain unacceptable quantities of controlled substances. The samples of Imelda Perfect Slim tested was found to contain Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein. The use of both of these drugs can result in rather severe side-effects – and if you take this diet pill while on other medication you may find that the interaction between the drugs aggravate and increase the already potentially serious side effects.

Sibutramine, when used for weight loss, is prescribed by doctors as an appetite suppressant. It works by manipulating the neurotransmitters in your brain. Most people tolerate the drug in the prescribed doses reasonably well, reporting side effects such as insomnia, nausea and headaches. More serious, but relatively rare side effects reported include seizures, mood changes, fever and jaundice.

Phenolphthalein was originally used in many over-the-counter laxatives, but has since been removed since it emerged that the use of this drug may cause cancer. There are also studies suggesting that Phenolptalein can cause damage or changes to your DNA, which in turn can lead to many other serious health problems.

When you consider the ingredients contained in Imelda Perfect Slim, it is likely that this diet pill will suppress your appetite and that you will lose weight because you take in fewer calories. But without medical supervision the use of Imelda Perfect Slim can be rather dangerous. It is important that you follow a healthy diet while you are taking diet pills to ensure that your body still gets the necessary nutrients, and also so you can maintain that weight loss once you stop taking the pills. If you eat too little, you risk letting your body go into starvation mode or even worse, jeopardizing your health in general.

Imelda Super Slim still appears on the current FDA tainted weight loss product list, and our investigations yielded no evidence of any reformulation of the product to exclude scheduled substances. It must be noted that many of the products on the list are still available, despite attempts by the FDA to get these products recalled. In our opinion it is best to avoid using Imelda Perfect Slim, or any products on the FDA’s tainted diet pill list until such time as it is clear that the problem ingredients were taken care of, and that the necessary quality assurance procedures have been implemented by manufacturers to ensure your safety.

Is the new reformulated Hydroxycut Advanced safe

Question: I’ve noticed that Hydroxycut is back on the market reformulated as Hydroxycut Advanced. Is it now safe to use?

Answer: Hydroxycut products were voluntarily recalled by Iovate Health Sciences (the manufacturers) from the market in the beginning of May 2009, following a damning FDA report advising customers to immediately stop using the majority of Hydroxycut products. This warning was issued by the FDA following 23 reports of serious health problems directly related to the use of Hydroxycut. Reported incidents include cases where the use of this popular weight loss supplement resulted in the death of one man and necessitated a liver transplant on a woman. Several lawsuits have already been filed. For more background on the original FDA report see this article on the recall of Hydroxycut.

Barely two months after the Hydroxycut products were recalled, a reformulated version of the popular “fat burner” Hydroxycut weight loss pill is back on the market as Hydroxycut Advanced. Interestingly, it is packaged to look similar to the widely popular original Hydroxycut product. Iovate Health Sciences indicated that, after further analysis of the incidents and the ingredients in the original products, they were unable to isolate the ingredient that may have caused these serious side effects. In an attempt to make the product safer, it was reformulated and many of the ingredients changed. That Hydroxycut Advanced was put back on the market so soon after the recall (2 months) suggests that it may not be properly tested. It is therefor still unclear how safe this weight loss product is. With so many ingredient changes, it can also be argued that Hydroxycut Advanced is a totally different product with an unproven track record as far as effectiveness go. Our recommendation at this stage remains to steer clear of Hydroxycut products until more tests are done.