The Truth About Weight-Loss Pills
Magic Pill? Fat Chance
Fat Burners continued...
Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is a form of citric acid. It comes
from a fruit -- the Malabar tamarind -- that grows in Southeast Asia.
Debasis Bagchi, PhD, CNS, is an adjunct professor of toxicology
at Creighton University School of Pharmacy in Omaha, Neb. He's also vice
president of research and development at InterHealth Nutraceuticals, which
makes an HCA-containing fat burner called CitriMax. Bagchi says HCA stimulates
the breakdown of fat, although studies of this product have had conflicting and
not very encouraging results. He and Person also say it helps suppress
Heymsfield and colleagues looked at HCA in a study funded by a
commercial manufacturer. Using the commercially sold HCA products, they could
not find any effect of the product. HCA manufacturers said the researchers had
not used the proper forms of HCA, but Heymsfield remains unconvinced.
The Bottom Line
Fat trappers and fat burners are expensive. Most regimens cost
from about $50 to several hundred dollars each month. What you get in return
may not be worth the cash. While there is some scant evidence that a few of
these products have a minor effect, none are the magic bullet that will allow
you to lose weight while you munch chips in front of the TV.
Even the experts who like these products agree that they have
to be combined with proper diet and regular exercise to work. If you've got the
willpower to stay on a diet and exercise routine and have some extra cash to
blow, by all means, see if one of the safer of these products will speed up
your efforts to get in shape. If you're not going to stick to a diet and
exercise routine, you may be better off spending your money elsewhere.
"It all basically comes down to eating a balanced, low fat
diet high in complex carbohydrates and getting aerobic exercise daily,"
What a surprise.