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CHEMMIE12 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/31/12 10:01 A

While it's not really an herb, tea has helped me. I have issues eatting in the afternoon and after dinner, so I just whip up a cut of White Tea. Since it's 0 calories, it's a guilt free beverage and it makes me full keeping me from running to the fridge. There have also been a few studies that show that Oolong Tea can help with weightloss. The daily spark even had an artcle on it today!

Don't give up. You'll get there. The hard part is figuring out what your body needs to stay on track.

LEIELD Posts: 44
10/30/12 4:18 P

Hi. I too tried a few of those "lose lbs quick herbs" I did lose it quick but you need to learn how to eat and portion control.

Post menopause - I found green coffee extract to help with hot flashes so I sleep more soundly and longer at night. It is also touted to assist with weight loss but I have not seen that. I am sleeping way better though and it is plant based.

TTAYLOR0316 SparkPoints: (4,574)
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10/30/12 11:33 A

Hi there! My mom used adipex for a while because she had gained a lot of weight due to a medical condition and she ended up having an eating disorder, so they gave her those. She lost about 80 pounds over the span of a year. You have to have a presciption to take them and be under a doctor's care due to the side effects, but they work. There is also something that they prescribe called xenical that is for those people that don't have an eating disorder but are categorized as obese. Again, it is only be prescription, but works. Hope this helps!

10/28/12 4:02 P

I tried nearly every diet pill "quick fix". It took me a while to figure it out, but honestly the only thing that works is less food + more exercise. It takes a little longer, but the results are much more permanent!

SKINNYJEANS180 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/26/12 11:11 A

Hi, I tried nearly every diet pill and new fad diet every year after Christmas..I was at My highest weight way over 300 lbs. I was fustrated, hated the way I looked, felt ugly and fat. Not to mention listless and sluggish and everyday chores was a burden. None of those pills or fads worked, yes I'd manage to lose some weight and always regained when I became bored of the diets that made me feel deprived of foods I enjoyed. After learning about some of the dangerous side effects of some diet/herbal pills, I now refuse to take them. I am 60 yrs old and some of the exercises, well, my body won't even get in that position anymore! I began my own plan, at first I started eating less -not all- junk food, I stopped drinking soda, ate less at mealtime, but never deprived myself of any food i enjoy-I learned to eat in moderation. The weight began to come off. As I began to feel better, I began Walking, a small walk at first then added more time gradually. I still have a long way to go to reach my goal..but I know the journey will be a long one, I will have ups and downs- but I am determined to stay on track and lose. I mostly go by how my clothes fit /waist size,and less what the scale says. Hope this helps.

SALONKITTY SparkPoints: (0)
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10/25/12 6:05 P

I got my hunger pangs and cravings in check by changing my diet. I gave up sugar, processed foods, and all grains. I eat lots of veggies and meat, eggs, and a bit of fruit (mostly berries) here and there. I make sure I'm getting enough protein and healthy fats--I've found both those things are really important for me in order to change my body.

I don't snack outside of meal times, and just eat two or three nice sized meals a day. The drastic diet change combined with regular exercise (I lift weights and train with kettlebells, and I walk everywhere) has made all the difference in my ability to lose weight in a painless manner.

I don't have any experience with diet pills or herbal diet remedies. They always seemed too good to be true, and not worth risking the expense (to me). Friends of mine have used various supplements, and one even had some sort of prescription weight loss pills. I can't report back from those friends with any great success stories for you, unfortunately.

JACKIEA22 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/24/12 7:03 P

Zantrex and ENVY are 2 products that have worked for me. GNC stores have great supplements that help suppress appetite or help bypass carbs so they don't store as fat.

The truth is drugs do help but they are not necessarily the healthies's a combination of exercise/supplements/diet that change your metablic state. The safest is through natural means of diet/exercise and just a tiny booster of drugs to help burn just a few more.

Huge problems can happen with the strictly diet pills (fatigue/nausea heart racing) and it's not really a whole body approach to getting rid of the junk in your body

IVYLASS SparkPoints: (223,311)
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10/24/12 1:42 P

There is no quick fix. The only formula that works is Eat Less + Exercise More = Weight Loss.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,416
10/24/12 12:36 P

"I used metabolife on and off in 2000-2002 and I lost about 30 pounds. Then they pulled it from the market, and I went to law school, so, yeah, I am now trying to lose that weight again."

So you already KNOW that those things work only as long as you are taking them! And I am sure that you would rather NOT be taking pills/herbs/whatever for the rest of your life.

Try the Spark way.. with real food that you can enjoy and live with.

DETROITMOMOF2 SparkPoints: (26,328)
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10/24/12 12:34 P

Have you tried eating small meals every couple of hours. It helps with hunger, that coupled with exercised has helped me to lose 60+ pounds. I am almost 40.

VCZK2TJ17 Posts: 1,270
10/24/12 12:12 P

L, I just want to say that the one pill i tried (fat burner) was having me take so many pills in a day that i felt that i was going to be popping them all day long along with my prescriptions. i am not a fan of them and don't believe they work long term, but you might want to consider asking a dr or nutritionist if there are any herbs that would help suppress the appetite.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,587)
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10/24/12 11:40 A


The problem with diet pills is that they only "work" for the time you take the pills. What happens after a person stops taking them ? I'll tell you, they regain all the weight plus extra.
Diet pills don't teach a person how to eat. Suppressing your appetite is not how to lose weight. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight.

The reason people gain weight isn't because they lack will power or can't control themselves. the problem (in most cases) is that they don't know proper nutrition or portion control. If you really want to take the weight off and keep it off for LIFE, you need to learn to eat right. And diet pills won't help you to do that.

At one time, most of the members probably took diet pills in order to take off weight. We all know what happens, we all packed the weight back on the minute we stopped taking the pills.

If you want to take the weight off and keep it off FOREVER, you must learn to eat right. You must learn to eat wholesome foods that nourish your body. You must learn portion control. This will take time because there are NO fast (healthy) ways to take the weight off. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

Spark People can help you learn healthier habits. You will need to be patient, but there are lots of members who will tell you how they took diet pills and failed. Those same members will tell you how they learned to eat better and take the weight off.

There are no quick fixes. No magic pills. What's one "herb" you can take that will help you lose weight and boost your metabolism ? SPINACH. Eat more spinach ! Eat more KALE ! Eat more COLLARDs. those are the leafy greens you should be eating if you want to lose weight and gain more energy.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 10/24/2012 (12:10)
TIEDYED69PEACE SparkPoints: (0)
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10/24/12 11:30 A

I'm with the others. Exercise always helps me out, especially with appetite suppression. I'm just not hungry when my body is worked. I know you don't want to hear this, but no pill works. Whatever you are doing in conjunction with that pill is actually helping you lose the weight. The pill is just an excuse or a placebo. There was a study done a few years back on all the diet pills on the market in the US (or most I guess) and the one that recorded reportedly the most weightloss was Alli: a whopping 1/2lb per month. That's an expensive price to pay for 1/2lb. I can lose that in a day by changing how much or how little water I drink and then stepping on the scale.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,294
10/24/12 9:17 A

What jumped out at me from your post, was "boost my aging metabolism".

AND I can share with you what I did, that got my old (I'm 57) metabolism going again. Exercise!! AND it's FREE!!!! Oh sure, it doesn't work instantaneously. Not like popping a pill would. You have to get into a regular routine of exercise. But it doesn't cost anything, you don't have to worry about running out of pills, and it's available everywhere. I use walking as my exercise-- I am too cheap to join a gym. Plus in the amount of time it would take me just to drive to the gym and back, I can do the whole walk and be done.

As far as appetite suppressing-- exercise helps with that, too. Lots of times I feel so good about myself for getting out there and walking, I don't want to spoil the feeling by eating a ton of crap.

And one of the things I've found, is that I can still eat the same VOLUME of food as I used to, I just need to choose different foods. Instead of a bag of chips, I eat celery with Laughing Cow Cheese. I eat a LOT of non-starchy vegetables. I'm not suffering-- they are vegetables that I actually LIKE. You have to play around with it some and figure out what works for you-- but you do NOT need a "magic bullet" (pill) to do it for you.

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10/23/12 6:41 P


It is my job to state to our members that diet pills are not the way to go, nor do we promote them on the website. Because supplements are not regulated by the FDA (at least here in the states) they do not go through any regulatory process. As long as a supplement does not promote treating/curing an illness, they can be sold, but once again that is not a guarantee of safety. Think ephedra and first generation hydroycut, both pulled from the market AFTER deaths, heart and liver failure were reported.

Coach Nancy

LEENDALOO SparkPoints: (0)
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10/23/12 5:45 P

Does anyone have any suggestions for diet pills that work the way MetaboLife used to work? Or does anyone have suggestions for herbs that I can take, eat, drink, that aid in appetite suppresion?
I used metabolife on and off in 2000-2002 and I lost about 30 pounds. Then they pulled it from the market, and I went to law school, so, yeah, I am now trying to lose that weight again.

***I know a lot of people don't approve of diet pills, so if you're one of them it's truly not necessary to post your feelings about that here. Also not necessary to post about dangers of diet pills, and/or effectiveness in relation to diet and exercise; the body's "dependence" on them, etc.***

I live in Mexico, so what exists here is limited. But I do have crazy to all sorts of herbs, and I am wondering if there is something I can use to boost my aging metabolism.


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