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How To Use Diet Pills: Do They Work?

Updated on August 20, 2015

What Are Diet Pills?

It's something that crosses everyone's mind when it comes to working out. What's the easiest or fastest way to lose weight and/or gain muscle? Well, there's no real secret, it's just work out and eat healthy and stay active. There you go Mr. President, the secret to the gym world. All stereotypes aside, diet pills can help. They mainly just consist of creatine. That in mind though, you can't expect to only take the pills and be good and think you will lose weight... if you do think that well, you should probably re-evaluate your life and find some Ben & Jerry's ice cream while you ponder.

The way these "diet" pills work is typically the information no the bottle will say "LOSE WEIGHT AND BURN FAT IN [insert time frame here] WHILE GAINING MUSCLE!" With those shiny words, anyone can fall for it. But, if you understand fully how to achieve those goals then diet pills are just something you have on the side and aren't all that necessary.

So, when do you take these pills? Usually each bottle will say take 1-2 every day either with a meal or just at some point in the day. Work out at least 3 days a week for such results. Your workouts should then include intense cardio (fat burner) and lifting. Your meals should be somewhat of a healthy regiment. If you have one bottle then I would suggest take the pill after a workout with your post-work out meal or protein shake. If you have two bottles, take one in the morning and then one after the workout.

CREATINE

What is Creatine? It is a nitrogenous organic acid produced in the liver that helps supply energy to cells all over the body - particularly muscle cells. It is made out of three amino acids: L-arginine, glycine, and L-methionine.

Creatine is transported through the blood by an active transport system, it's then used by the brain and muscles that have high energy demands, such as skeletal muscle. Around 95 percent of creatine in the human body is stored in skeletal muscle.

In Depth - What's In The Pills and Function

Diet pills essentially break down fat t a high rate. I'm going to stop you right there because you might be thinking "I'll just take the pills." To achieve the best and recommended results, you must take the pills with food - in the morning or after a work out. Combined with food the pills work at their best because they're breaking down the fatty acids from the food and what's already in your body. If you were to take them after a work out with a protein shake like I do, even better because your body is in recovery mode. Combined with the protein shake and already have worked out, the pills have an even better target for breaking down the acids.

• Powerful laxatives. Take these—which carry claims that they “flush” or “melt” fat, and “cleanse” your body—and you’ll be spending a lot of time on the toilet. They tend to contain natural laxatives such as psyllium, rhubarb powder, cascara, fennel powder, senna, goldenseal and others, and natural diuretics such as ginger, fennel, vinegars and teas. They come with warnings to drink lots 
of water and avoid taking other medication within two hours (because the desired effect of the other medicine may be reduced—something to consider if you’re taking anything from blood pressure meds to the pill), and also that overuse can create a dependence on laxatives to move your bowels.

• Stimulants. The labels claim they “burn calories,” “burn fat” and “increase metabolism.” They’ll likely make you feel jittery and on edge, and may cause your heart to race. Common ingredients include caffeine, sometimes two to three cups of coffee worth in a single pill, and often green tea extract (listed as Camellia sinensis).

• Appetite suppressants. These claim to kill hunger pangs and make you feel full. Peter Janiszewski, a Queen’s University PhD candidate and exercise physiologist, whose website Obesity Panacea debunks weight-loss products, observes: “High insoluble fibre tends to increase satiety, but it also creates gastrointestinal issues like gas, bloating and diarrhea.” 
A common ingredient is hoodia, an African plant that some claim quells hunger (so far no research studies prove it’s safe and effective). Green tea extract and psyllium are also commonly found in suppressants.

Q&A

While creating this Hub I was asked a few questions that even I didn't think about when writing this. I will do my best to answer these :)

How does it work to help me lose weight?

The pills target the fatty acids in your body. Breaks them down at a faster rate than your body normally does by itself. When your body is in rest mode or haven't worked out your body is inactive which, nothing is being done to burn fat/calories.


Are these diet pills just for someone who lifts or would a female who is just trying to lose some weight benefit from these as well?

No. They are for anyone wanting to lose weight, not just for the heavy lifters. Diet pills' main function is to burn fat fast. However, they're not for everyone due to if someone has an allergic reaction to an ingredient or if they have a serious health condition. Consult with a doctor first if you have any concerns about diet pills

How much are you working out each day?

I work out 4-5 days a week for at least 1.5hrs. This consists of 5-10min of cardio (being on two machines or just some high intensity cardio movement - which I will make a post about what my routine looks like). Then the rest is either devoted to all upper body (which everyday includes abs) or legs. Some days I will do half and half - some upper body movements and some leg movements. That way, I don't have a single day where it's just leg day or just upper body day. For those who know me, leg day is boring for me and then it usually turns into an everything day haha.


What about prescription diet pills?

There's nothing wrong with prescribed diet pills. Like I said before, not all pills are for everyone due to possible health issues. That's why if any sort of concern is there, go see a doctor first. The worst thing that could happen is them saying no to pills or prescribing you pills that have a reduced amount of ingredients, or some ingredients completely left out. Some times those pills without the full amount of ingredients can take longer for any noticeable results. Again, just be careful though. Don't just assume you can take any pill you'd like. Look at what's in there, looks up the ingredients, ask your doctor then make the final decision.

DIY Pills? Check this video out

Ela Gale in the video shows you how to make your own DIY diet pills and explains the good and bad. She knows what she's talking about and I would recommend people doing this as an option if you're not able to get access to commercial pills or would rather trust yourself in making them.

DIY Diet Pills: Pretty Cool

Ultimate Muscle: Black Edition and Jacked Extreme Muscle

Ultimate Muscle: Black Edition and Jacked Muscle Extreme are what I have been using now since 8/9/15. Since I got two bottles total, I take two per day. Sometimes I have been taking one in the morning and one after my workout. Other times I will take both after a workout. Both ways have been fine and shown results. Now, the only reason I got these was because they popped up on some site where you'd get these two for a 30 day "free" trial. I checked it out and ordered mine. Spent $4.95 on one and $3.95 on the other both prices were for shipping. Again, I thought this was awesome. I'll try these out and if I like the results I might continue. Well, that's not the case. I posted it on my Facebook and my buddy replied saying he did the same but got charge A LOT because of the hidden ToS (Terms of Service) or their other Terms of Use next to the check-box for being 18+. Apparently if you don't cancel within a certain time frame from day one of them being in your hands, you will get charge their regular retail price of $89.99 per bottle. This is what was hidden for Jacked Muscle Extreme:

"3. ORDERING PRODUCTS THROUGH THE WEBSITE; POLICIES.

Trial Offer: "By Clicking "Order" you agree to be enrolled in the 14 day trial for Jacked Muscle Extreme ($4.95), and after the trial expires, you agree that your card will be charged $89.99 per month until you cancel."

NOTE: All Trial products come with a fourteen (14) day trial period ("Trial") as described in this Agreement. If You have any questions about Our Trial, please contact Our Customer Service Department toll-free at 1-855-326-5713. Our Customer Service Department is open Monday-Friday 8am-4pm & Saturday-Sunday 8am-12pm Pacific Standard Time.

A. Trial Policy: Our Trial policy requires You to understand certain important dates. The policy, and the important dates for You to know, are as follows:

B. Beginning on the day that You place an order for a product ("Product") from the Website, Your fourteen (14) day Trial period begins ("Trial Period"). The Trial Period is calculated in calendar days, not business days and your fourteen (14) day Trial ends on day fourteen (14).

C. You will be given a thirty (30) day supply (or subscription access) of the Product You ordered. Generally, Your Product is delivered within 3 to 5 days after placing Your order. Delivery time is subtracted from Your Trial Period, and will reduce the number of days allocated to Your Trial Period. If You want to extend Your Trial Period due to slow or delayed delivery, You must call Our Customer Service Department toll-free at 1-855-326-5713. Reasonable requests (as determined by Jacked Muscle Extreme) to extend Your Trial Period generally will be granted.

D. If You are satisfied with the Product and wish to continue to receive the Product on a monthly basis, You need do nothing else. Upon the expiration of the Trial Period, on Day 14, Your credit card will be billed for the full cost of the Product that You ordered (i.e., a thirty day supply) at the rate of $89.99 (shipping included).

E. On the 45th day following the date You first ordered Your Product, Jacked Muscle Extreme will renew your monthly subscription for another thirty (30) day supply of the Product, and the credit card You provided to us will be automatically billed for the Product at the rate of $89.99 (shipping included).

F. Unless You cancel this service, every thirty (30) days thereafter Jacked Muscle Extreme will renew your subscription for an additional thirty (30) day supply of the Product You ordered, and the credit card You provided to us will be automatically billed for the Product at the rate of $89.99 (shipping included)."

This is what the Ultimate Muscle: Black Edition says:

"D. Billing and Cancellation Terms for Trial. As one of its product offerings, Ultimate Muscle Black Edition offers consumers a recurring shipment/subscription plan (“Subscription Plan”). If you sign up for the Subscription Plan on the Website, you will be given the opportunity to try out the product for a period of 10 days (starting from the day you receive the product) without paying any money except for the cost of shipping and handling. At the time you sign up for this Subscription Plan, the credit or debit card you provide will be charged the shipping and handling fee, and you will be mailed one bottle of Ultimate Muscle Black Edition. If you cancel the Subscription Plan within the first 10 days from the day you received the initial order by calling 1-855-326-5712 or emailing support@ultimatemuscleblackedition.com, you will not be sent any more bottles and your subscription will be canceled. If you cancel your subscription will be cancelled and you will only be charged the initial shipping fee.

When emailing us, please include your full name and address, as well as the name of the Merchandise that you ordered. If for any reason you are charged for the cost of the Merchandise but you have canceled your Subscription Plan within 10 days of your receipt after you received the initial order, then please call us at 1-855-326-5712 to obtain a refund for $89.43. Please allow up to 30 days for refunds to process.

If you do not cancel the card you provided will be charged $89.43 for the bottle you received. Until such time as you cancel, approximately 45 days from your original purchase date and every 30 days thereafter you will be sent another bottle of Ultimate Muscle Black Edition and your credit card or debit card on file will be billed for $89.43. You may cancel your membership at any time by simply contacting customer service by calling 1-855-326-5712 or emailing support@ultimatemuscleblackedition.com, but you will be responsible for payment for any Merchandise that has either A) already been shipped to you or B) already been delivered to you at the time you cancel. Once received, your request for cancellation, whether by phone or email, will be processed within 3-5 business days."

As you can see, if you don't cancel within 10 days or the 14 days, you will be charged. Why call it a free trial then if it's for 30 days? Doesn't make sense and to me, it's a scam. But I will say that they do work, the work around is this: buy them then cancel by the 9th and 13th day then, if you are able to, sign up for another trial - and repeat.

What I Gained

From taking these two, I have gained around albs of muscle and lost 3-5lbs of fat. Pretty nice and equal. Your body does fluctuate between your peek weight and 3-4lbs form your peek weight every day - water weight. When advertised, promo says gain up to 15lbs+ of muscle while losing up to the same amount of fat in the 30 days or so. They don't take in account how often someone is working out or what they eat either, so their study is a bit off I think.

CLK

CLK pills are pretty much the same as the other two I showed. You still take 1-2 every day and recommended to work out 3 days a week for expected results. I took these back in 2013 and 2014 and I probably would have seen better results if I were more serious into working out and eating right, but sadly I wasn't. Not by choice either, I just didn't have that extra devoted time due to full time college and full time job with taking care of my kid.

These GNC brand diet pills have actual flavors which is nice and makes it somewhat easier to down with water. My opinion, both CLK and the other two taste fine and both do what they're intended to do. It all comes down to you putting in the effort - you can't gain in which you don't understand.

The Dangers of Diet Pills

Ephedra – Banned

Once widely sold as an ingredient in diet supplements, the Chinese herbal stimulant ephedra was banned in 2004 because of evidence that its use could increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. In 2005, a lower court ruled that ephedra could be used in small doses. In 2006, a federal appeals court reinstated the FDA’s original ban, ruling that ephedra was too dangerous to be used as a supplement at any dose. According to WebMD, 64 percent of harmful reactions to herbal supplements were attributed to ephedra in 2001.

Hydroxycut – Recalled and Banned

Some weight loss products can cause severe damage to your kidneys, liver and other vital organs. According to Consumer Reports, Hydroxycut products were banned and recalled in 2009 because of reports of serious adverse reactions, including hepatitis and jaundice. One person who took these fat-burning supplements died; another required a liver transplant.

Fen-Phen – Recalled

Fenfluramine, one of the two active ingredients in the off-label diet drug Fen-Phen, was recalled in the late 1990s after the drug was linked to cases of heart damage and lung disease. Phentermine, the other primary ingredient in Fen-Phen, is still prescribed in certain cases for weight loss, but should be used only with a doctor’s prescription.

Meridia – Withdrawn from the Market

Sibutramine, a prescription drug sold as Meridia, was withdrawn from the market in 2010 after a clinical study indicated that the drug could increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. According to the National Institutes of Health, subutramine was originally prescribed as a long-term appetite suppressant and weight management solution. The manufacturer voluntarily stopped production after Meridia was associated with evidence of cardiovascular damage.

Sum Up: Do They Work?

To sum this up without spewing technical terms at you where you'd then leave unsure about life, I'll make this simple. Diet pills can and do work but with the right moderation. Like I stated before, you can't expect to gain or lose anything from only taking these pills. You need to have some sort of work out routine while eating healthy. Without those two things, the pills don't do anything for your body.

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