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 Do weight loss pills leave
you tired and wired? 

Weight loss pills that are worth their salt
are few and far between.

I�m skeptical of most weight loss pills but these two are worth the money. They are safe, don't get you "wired" and have been proven in clinical trials.

The council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) affirms that some diet pills can be very effective when used correctly, but they remind us that there are no magic bullets.

Don't expect to just pop a few weight loss pills, sit back and watch the fat melt away. Real life just doesn't work that way... in spite of what the glitzy adds promise.

Weight loss pills however, often are helpful as a "kickoff" or "booster" to "rev up" your metabolism and give you a fast start toward your weight loss goals.

The best approach for success over the long haul is always to improve your eating and exercise habits. Even the best weight loss pills work best when combined with exercise and a  sensible low carb eating program

Let's take a look at the different types of weight loss pills that are currently on the market.

Use these fat burners with caution.
According to Will Brink, supplement-industry consultant and author of Diet Supplements Revealed, "The term 'fat burner' specifies products that generate a heat producing thermogenic response, which in turn raises the body's metabolism and may stimulate fatty-acid release for use as fuel.

The popular stimulants used in fat burners are ephedrine and caffeine, lovingly known as the (EC combo). The usual ratio of caffeine to ephedrine in most fat burners is 10 to 1.

Potential Side Effects
The CRN says, "There is certainly a place for thermogenic agents (fat burners), but there are some risks for some people. Consumers need to read the cautions on the labels and consult with their physicians to make sure they are not in the "at risk category."

Not everyone who uses a fat burner can tolerate the side effects. Some feel nervous and edgy, and they experience a 'wired, tired' sensation due to lack of quality sleep.

These at-risk groups are pregnant women, and those who may be taking medications for heart disorders, hypertension, glaucoma, anxiety disorders, diabetes, thyroid disorders, prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease.

A Safer Approach - Stimulant Free Fat Burners
If you are taking blood pressure or certain heart medications...or just don't like the "buzz" of the ephedrine and caffeine combination, a stimulant free weight loss supplement is a powerful and safe alternative.

The New "Wonder Pill" For Weight Loss?
They're calling it "the liposuction pill" because of the remarkable way this weight loss pill sucks fat out of the body's fat cells. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, reduces fat and preserves muscle tissue. Dr. David G. Williams, M.D., tells us how these remarkable weight loss pills work.

"Think of CLA as a railroad switchman. Normally, when you eat a fatty food, that fat directly enters your body's fat cells for storage. But CLA emulsifies the fat into soluble molecules, then switches the fat's direction from your body's fat cells into your muscle tissue. There it is metabolized to produce energy. Without CLA, you body stores the fat you eat--and even creates new fat cells to accommodate the extra load."  

CLA also has a number of other beneficial "side effects." It increases lean muscle, helps control blood sugar levels in diabetics, improves HDL cholesterol and helps support the immune system!

Negative side effects are extremely rare... and include mild gastro-intestinal conditions.

Look for a quality CLA supplement with the name "Tonalin" on the label. Tonalin is the patented form of CLA that was used in the clinical studies.

Are Carb Blockers weight loss pills?
In one day recently I received two "spam" e-mails promoting carb blockers, both shouting that their miracle products would melt off  the pounds like a snowman on a warm spring day.

In spite of the over promising of many promoters, Carb blockers are a weight loss tool that has merit if used along with a sensible low carb eating program and exercise.

Carb blockers can come in handy as an occasional aid to �cheating� when the occasion arises to partake in more carbs than usual. My favorite Mexican lunch of enchiladas, rice and beans comes to mind...

The concept of a carbohydrate blocker isn't new.
For decades, products have promised that we can eat starchy foods without gaining weight. Some crude extracts from beans proved so ineffective that the FDA suspended their sale in the early 1980's.

The new products however use a refined, more potent extract of the white kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) has been shown in clinical trials to be very effective.. Studies show that the extract can neutralize as much as 66% of the starch consumed in a meal.

How do carb blockers work?
Although carb blockers aren't really a weight loss pill they do inhibit the activity of alpha amylase, the digestive enzyme responsible for starch digestion. By slowing down the action of this enzyme, conversion of complex carbohydrates (starch) into smaller carbohydrate units (sugar) is greatly reduced. These undigested carbohydrates are then excreted from the body instead of being stored as fat.

Are chitosan fat blockers safe?
Although there are some studies that  indicate that Chitosan, a fat blocker derived from shell fish is effective in improving weight loss success there are some things you should be aware of. Certain vitamins (E,A,D,F,K) are fat-soluble, and too much use  Chitosan use could lead to deficiencies in them. Fat too, of course, is required for optimum bodily health, especially the Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids. These good fats would be blocked also.

There is an upside to Chitosan however. It seems to have a positive effect on raising "good" (HDL) cholesterol levels, while lowering the undesirable LDL levels. As always the best approach is moderation. Don't go overboard but use them as a tool along with a good diet and the best exercise for weight loss.

A safe stimulant free alternative.
Vital Life Nutritionals makes an excellent  carb blocker/fat blocker  combination called, CALORIE QUENCHER. My wife and I use it for special occasions such as Mexican food and high carb, high fat desserts. It can blunt the effect of 2,250 starch calories per 1,000 mg capsule. This is equal to a loaf of bread or a pound of pasta!

But the benefits don't stop here. CALORIE QUENCHER also contains 300 mg of LipoSan Ultra� which binds up to three times more fat than regular chitosan. It also contains chromium picolinate which supports healthy blood sugar levels.

If you are interested in try these supplements check out our heart health store. They will set you back only $19.95 for a bottle of 90 capsules. .

Yours for an energetic, vigorous and skinnier life!



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