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  1. Dan May 23, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

    I have no problems with people attempting to lose weight, but I do have a problem with taking an easier way out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not glad that people are suffering, but just go exercise and understand that losing weight takes time and dedication.

  2. Earl May 23, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

    Sometimes I feel like the ability to get new products out on the market is too easy. I understand that the FDA is limited in the amount of control that they can have, but honestly you can get almost anything on the market and say it does pretty much anything. I just seems like an incredibly unsafe way of doing things.

  3. andrea May 26, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    Dan, I agree. The best way to lose weight and actually keep it off is to exercise and eat right. And Earl, you’re also right about the FDA limitations. It’s very important to look at the contents of everything especially supplements which can affect your life so directly.

    There is a safe way to lose weight and it exercising and eating right. It’s the safest and the best. It’s not the easiest or necessarily quickest but it will achieve the desired results. Plus, there are so many opportunities to help people who want to lose weight the healthy way. Check out your local gym. Many gyms even give you a free month with a personal trainer.

Hydroxycut…cut it out!

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In current breaking news we learned that dietary supplements are unhealthy. The one in the limelight today is Hydroxycut, a supplement used by people looking to lose weight or tighten muscles. After causing liver damage in many people and at least one death, the FDA decided to encourage people not to use it. They announced their findings the first of this month.

The company, based in Canada, has been forced to recall 14 of its products. Yet nobody really knows what’s causing the problems. The main culprit is hydroxycitric acid, which is derived from a fruit. Hydroxycut’s other primary ingredients are Garcinia cambogia, Gymnema sylvestre, chromium polynicotinate, caffeine and green tea.

Some of the serious symptoms some people are experiencing include jaundice and liver failure. One person has already received a liver transplant, supposedly, due to these complications, and another is on the waiting list for one.

Because the FDA doesn’t heavily regulate dietary supplements and is unable to regulate anything until it’s marketed, sometimes these products and their associated issues go unnoticed. It’s probably a good idea to avoid Hydroxycut since the real cause of the problems is yet undetermined. (This is mostly because the ingredients have changed multiple times.)

andrea @ May 14, 2009

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