Nov 18, 2008 11:10am

Melissa the Magnificent Melissa the ...
65 posts

Thinking of taking some to help me out, but I’m really scared to. Are they dangerous? I don’t think I will take them long, maybe only for a couple months. But, if anyone knows let me know. Thanks ahead of time!

Nov 18, 2008 1:43pm

susannyny susannyny
982 posts



In regards to fat-burners, there are alot of false claims being made. While some may provide a slight thermogenic effect and possibly help with appetite suppression, you should not be taking these pills.

You lose and sustain weight loss by making dietary and lifestyle changes. If there was a magic pill, we wouldn’t be in the middle of an obesity epidemic.

If you do choose to supplement, my suggestion would be to consider creatine monohydrate (of course, check with your doctor). There is research that supports that supplementing with creatine helps you train harder. The harder you train, the more lean muscle you will build, the less body fat you’ll have.

The recommended dosage is 3 to 5 grams of creatine per day for women who weight lift regularly.

Bottom line, don’t rely on a pill for weight loss. The only people benefiting from fat-burners are the manufacturers.


Nov 20, 2008 3:39pm

Melissa the Magnificent Melissa the ...
65 posts

Thanks Susan! I think I’ll just do it the old fashioned way – exercise and a healthy diet! I’m sure that’s best!

Nov 20, 2008 6:37pm

Rae Rae
11 posts

Melissa: your best bet is to stay away from diet pills.i was a body builder in my younger days, and a exercise instructor to. so i pretty much have tryed it all, (no steroids though yuk) i found that taking bee pollen,lecithin and organic apple cider viniger works the best. if you cant take bee pollen,try the other two. add honey to your viniger, it helps.

Nov 24, 2008 9:03pm

DLandis DLandis
75 posts

I Ran 100 Miles! I Ran 100 Miles! I Ran 100 Miles! LIttle Mac Winner Weight Lift Play-off Level 2! Winner Weight Lift Play-off Level 3! Winner Weight Lift Play-off Level 4! I Ran 100 Miles! Winner Weight Lift Play-off Level 5! I Ran 100 Miles! True Grit Weight Lifter Champion I Burned 5,000 Calories! Iron-Man Manimal I Ran 100 Miles! Centurion I Biked 100 Miles! #1 Weight Lifting Champion Major Mass Mover

Avoid diet pills, at all costs. Especially thermogenics products or metabolism boosters. They have the same effect on your metabolism that steroids do on a body-builder. Your body will notice that it doesn’t need to produce __ so it won’t. Those pills do work, but you’ll wind up having no metabolism of your own, which will leave you in a much worse position than you started.

Nov 1, 2009 1:54am

hu_inzulza hu_inzulza
2 posts

Hi, I´ve been under treatment with sibutramine, and i lost 10 lbs on one month; but i suffered headaches, mood-swings, anxiety, excesive sudoration. That was 3 years ago. Lately i was under effexor xr 300mg/day, and cymbalta 60 mg day; both made me loss wieght during the treatment. Effexor (venlafaxine) and cymbalta (duloxetina) are antidepressants; I’ve heard that wellbutrin (bupropion) is also used to lose some weight

Nov 1, 2009 10:52pm

optimumhealth optimumhealth
40 posts

Many of the products do actually work, but not enough for most people to notice. Try drinking green tea everyday, it is good for you and has the same benefits as many of the “fat burners” out there.

May 20, 2010 2:52pm

burn_baby_burn burn_baby_burn
2 posts

Hi Rae,

What is the benefit of taking bee pollen, lecithin and organic apple cider vinegar? Did you just find that you more easily lose weight when you took those things? Are there any risks in taking those?


May 23, 2010 11:53am

EveShorts EveShorts
1 post

I have read somewhere that taking diet pills has side effects like being laxative, etc.

I am also desperate to lose weight. Can I take some while I’m on my beginner’s training plan or should I totally forget the whole idea and focus more on diet and training?

May 23, 2010 12:44pm

dessnurse dessnurse
1 post

No, no diet pils dont!.. they do have a “super dieters tea” which is supposed to create an extra bowel movements and thus help you lose weight! This couldnt be further from the truth though!.. I tried some while in nursing school along with the other nurses… i ended up calling off clincials the next day as i couldnt leave the toilet for more then 5 min. Teacher took it as well and she ended up having an “accident” in her car…. so no, no, no on the laxatives! Just do cardio… cardio is the only proven effective fat burner and weight loss.

May 23, 2010 2:39pm

cupulous cupulous
42 posts

I Burned 50K Calories! I Biked 100 Miles!

Diet and exercise are going to get you where you want to go. You don’t need pills.

Jun 23, 2010 10:25am

jeffrowe jeffrowe
65 posts

I Lost 5% Champion I Lost 50 LBS! I Lost 35 Lbs! I Lost 10 Lbs! I Lost 20 Lbs! I Lost 5 Lbs!

The main purposes of Diet pills are the following:

Curb Appetite
Increase Metabolism
Alter your bodies ability to process specific macronutrients.

All of these can be better accomplished through controlling your food and exercise.

Most diet pills are in the simplest description a form of speed, they kick up your energy and in the process make you leff hungry. This works until you develop a tolerance. The energy high might make you more active, but if you just sit in a chair and get all twitchy as opposed to walking your office length 20 times a day… the energy burn gain is minimal.

Appetite suppression, isnt really needed. Up your fiber intake, cut back on your simple carb & sugar intake, moderate your sodium intake, drink more water, make sure you are getting enough protein and your appetite will likely follow along. Cheap simple carbs and sugar, too much sodium, plus lack of proper hydration will make you graze all day…

The third portion of diet pills are the ones that are used to ALTER your bodies ability to process FAT, CARBS, etc… these are used more often as a fix for people who refuse to fix the obvious flaws in their diet. Eat healthier and cleaner, control your food and not the other way around… these are not needed. Even I would love to occasionally pop a few Phase II’s and go binge on PIZZA… but I know that if I do it that nonchalantly… that means the next time I do it Imight not remember the Phase II’s… or they might not work…

The only fatburners out there that work are proper diet and exercise. Supplements can help, but they can also hinder. Diet pills are by definition, diet tools for people who wish to avoid the bother of anything to do with proper diet and exercise.

Jul 26, 2010 5:29pm

lingo10 lingo10
40 posts

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A good healthy nutrition values met daily and exercise does good for the body.

Though if you want energy, vitamin b-12 is as natural as they come. You can buy sublingual or liquid. Just take 1 drop or melting tab a day and you feel energy and a nice booster. there are no crashes like the “diet pills that promises excuses”

Jul 27, 2010 10:46am

MykeT MykeT
5 posts

better stick with a healthy diet… those pills won’t work at all and for sure, they have side effects… have tried a lot, but none of them work except to stay in shape and eating healthy..

Jul 27, 2010 10:57am

Simi_FIT Simi_FIT
150 posts

I Biked 100 Miles! I finished a 5K I Burned 50K Calories! Top Dog I Ran 100 Miles! I Burned 25K Calories! Equus Bellator Zmagovalec I Did 1,000 Pushups!

@MykeT There’s no healthy diet. Diet means you reduce one of the macronutrients (for example low carb). healthy is when you have balanced food so you have enough proteins, carbo hydrates and fats + micronutrients.

Jul 28, 2010 6:18pm

bappletree bappletree
6 posts

I Burned 50K Calories! I Burned 5,000 Calories! I Burned 25K Calories!

I’m trying to eat well, going to the gym every morning (at least 5x a week) to kick start my day, I have a protein shake when I’m done (, drink plenty of water, try not eat carbs after 5. Just for a possible added benefit, I take Biolean ( I’ve documented my use of it on my Blog ( and have to say it may just be a coincidence but I think it has helped me with kicking a bad, bad cold. My immune system and energy level is UP! I’m not overweight but since beginning these products on top of my old routine, I think I’m in the best shape of my life. Approaching 30 now. I can’t say the pills are the main reason but I feel good and I’d have to give them some credit. Then again I’m no professional nutritionist. Just someone who tried something new, had the with motivation, and that’s what you really need. Thanks, DailyBurn!

Jul 28, 2010 6:20pm

Nightfirez Nightfirez
125 posts

I Lost 10% I Burned 50K Calories! I Lost 20 Lbs! I Burned 25K Calories! I Lost 5 Lbs! I Lost 10 Lbs! I Burned 5,000 Calories!

So that would actually be a “Healthy Diet " :)

Considering the word diet has multiple meanings

  • Diet (nutrition), the sum of the food consumed by an organism or group.
  • Dieting, the deliberate selection of food to control body weight or nutrient intake.
  • Diet food, foods that aid in dieting
  • Cuisine, the diet of a particular culture
Jul 28, 2010 6:50pm

KateBrown KateBrown
345 posts

I Lost 5 Lbs! Ultimate Caveman Meat Lover

@bappletree – that is excellent news!

Dec 18, 2010 9:22pm

koolgirl12 koolgirl12
1 post

Many of the products do actually work, but most people just expect too much from them. I recently tried Apoleia360 and it worked great for me. You really do have to spend some time looking around and researching the ingredients. Good Luck. Just in case ur interested

Dec 23, 2010 12:23am

Trolllund Trolllund
123 posts

I have tried some of the “thermogenic” supplements in the past. All the stimulants just made me shaky and want to lay down. Purely personal observation.

Jan 22, 2011 4:34am

rurooz rurooz
1 post

just wondering if anyone has tried majestic slimming capsule or acai berry pills.. and do they work

Jan 26, 2011 12:33pm

jeffreydurbin jeffreydurbin
16 posts

I agree with susannyny about pretty much skipping all of the pills out there. Creatine helps if you exercise but it won’t help if you are just dieting. Here is a great resource:

You can also take a green tea extract (EGCG). It speeds up the metabolism.

You might also want to consider CLA.

The bottom line though is what susannyny said – exercise and diet are 90% of the battle and things like creatine, CLA and/or EGCG will never be more than icing on the cake.

Feb 1, 2011 12:13am

Roddick Roddick
4 posts

In my opinion diet pills is not a good option for dieting..You can simply follow your proper diet plan and avoid eating junk food and other food containing high calories and fats..Also try to take green tea regularly..It will help you in burning your body fats very quickly…

Feb 3, 2011 5:19pm

NCdrummer NCdrummer
1 post

I Lost 35 Lbs! I Lost 20 Lbs! I Lost 10 Lbs! I Ran 100 Miles! I Burned 50K Calories! I Did 1,000 Pushups! I Walked 100 Miles! I Lost 5 Lbs!

I see many posts on here saying “use proper nutrition and exercise, and not pills.” What do you guys think about using pills IN CONJUNCTION WITH proper nutrition and exercise, just for an added edge?

Feb 22, 2011 12:22pm

gmcRN214 gmcRN214
2 posts

I’m thinking the same thing as NCdrummer. Why not use the pills for an extra push to loose those last few pounds? I don’t think people should think the pills are a magic or quick fix but what if a temporary help to loose those last few stubborn pounds?

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