Last night I had the pleasure of talking to a college bible study group about fad diets and general healthy eating during the summer. I was so excited about their questions but also realized that some of the misconceptions they had were probably pretty common– especially when it comes to finding the magic bullet quick fix to weight loss. Which brings me to my next item of business…. have any of you seen the gummy version of Hydroxycut?! My husband and I made a trip to Sams Club earlier this week, and I was blown away by this newest gimmick in the weight loss pill industry. I decided to Google these little gems and found a few user reviews. Of course many of these raved about loving the gummy taste and “how fun” it was to “effortlessly” lose copious amounts of weight. The funniest thing I found though was the following review at http://www.drugstore.com:
“Curbs my appetite—I still eat what I want, just not as much. Tastes like burned taco seasoned meat.”
I don’t know about you, but that is the funniest thing that I’ve read in awhile. But in all reality, I do have concern with these types of products, especially in the gummy form when you run the risk of small children mistaking them for candy. When working with my patients and having conversations about diet supplements that they’ve seen on TV or heard about from friends, I always ask my patients if they see themselves taking this product for the rest of their lives. When my patients respond with a no, then we discuss what will eventually happen to their “high metabolism” and the possibility of gaining the weight back they they’ve lost. When it comes to weight loss, slow and steady is the key. This ensures that you’re losing/burning actual fat instead of pure water weight and lean body tissue. It’s very likely that someone will lose a fairly significant amount of weight loss during the first week of changing up their diet (2+ lbs) but you really want your rate of weight loss to stay within a range of 0.5-2lbs per week. The most disheartening thing I find is losing a good bit of weight in a fairly short amount of time and gaining it all back quickly and possibly weighing more than you had to begin with.
When it comes to Hydroxycut gummies or many of the other weight loss supplements out there, I urge my clients to be weary of all of the fillers that are contained in the product. When someone briefly looks at the label they may find comfort in reading ingredients that appear recognizable such cumin extract, wild mint extract, pomegranate, etc., but since Hydroxycut does not disclose the amounts of their “proprietary blend” including the filler ingredients, it all seems very questionable. Other reviews that I have noted have cautioned that though this product is said to be “stimulant-free”, consumers should be weary since the company has been controversial and notorious for its products and methods.
The bottom line:
If a product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Case in point, gummy candies that will help you lose weight sounds like something right up my alley but even if you see initial weight loss, you’ve got to ask yourself if this is weight that will stay off long-term. And, if you think about it, if these gummies or any other weight loss pill were the true magic bullet, I think they would charge more than $19.99/bottle (granted, if you follow the dosage recommendations, you’d need about 3 bottles of gummies per month).
In the next few weeks, I’ll be doing some reviews on some of the popular fad diets circulating right now. If you’ve got a special request, just let me know 🙂