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We’ve all been desperate to lose weight at least once in our lives. It’s easy to get frustrated when you plateau or aren’t seeing results as quickly as you would like to. The urge to take a risk and try a radical product can be especially alluring if your weight loss deadline is fast approaching (vacation, class reunion, etc.).
Omni Drops were created to supplement the Omni Diet. Omni Drops are meant to be taken three times per day before each meal for up to three weeks. Sounds easy enough right? It is, but the diet isn’t.
This article is meant to assess Omni Drops, but we can’t ignore the diet it is meant to compliment. The Omni Diet recommends 500 calories per day. Keep in mind that most serving sizes and nutrition information is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. This is a huge discrepancy. Obviously, the idea of living on mere snacks will turn most people off from this diet- and it should. See Calorie Restriction below for more details.
Omni drops contain vitamin B12, magnesium, and phosphate. If you look closely on the Omnitrition website, you may see that it also contain human chorionic gonadotropin. It is only mentioned briefly and in very small font and for a very good reason. But we’ll get to that in a second.
First, vitamin B12 will not help your weight loss. It is believed that B12 gives you energy. It does, but only if you have a vitamin B12 deficiency in the first place. Most people do not. However, if your doctor has already prescribe Metformin for you to help you lose weight, you could develop a B12 deficiency, but we still don’t recommend this product in that case. You can get vitamin B12 in a cheaper form by itself.
Although it won’t help with your weight loss, there are relatively few risks associated with vitamin B12. However, it can impact your medications much like grapefruit can. If you want to try a B12 supplement because you think you have a deficiency (since it won’t be effective otherwise) then check with your doctor first. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Magnesium is also needed by your body like vitamin B12, but unlike B12 you may have a deficiency. Men need ~400mg per day, whereas women need ~300 mg per day. Obviously, any product that has magnesium can help you reach this recommended amount, but it is more readily absorbed in your body through natural sources like nuts than by a supplement.
Magnesium is important because it helps with insulin and blood sugar levels, which is important for your health. However, it does not help with weight loss. It may help with swelling and bloating (ladies, you know what we’re talking about), so it can help from that standpoint. Other than that, though, magnesium doesn’t do much for you. Snack on a handful of almonds instead to meet your magnesium needs and call it a day.
Phosphate is just as useful as the other ingredients (note the sarcasm). It hasn’t been shown to impact weight loss at all. Essentially, that means you are paying extra for an ingredient that doesn’t work.
So let’s get back to human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Let’s hope this was an unfortunate typo or something accidentally left on the site from a previous blend because HCG in an over-the-counter product is illegal. This is because HCG is a hormone made during pregnancy (men, if you weren’t turned off by this product before you should be now). Even if we ignore the fact that it harms your health, HCG has not been shown to produce weight loss. So not only is it illegal and unsafe, it won’t even give you the results you’re taking the risk for.
The Omni Diet is considered a very-low-calorie-diet (VLCD). Weight loss only requires a restricted-calorie diet (~1,200 calories). Of course, it is no surprise that VLCDs result in weight loss because you are essentially starving yourself. But it should raise some red flags when even researchers can only do observations of the diet because suggesting VLCDs to participants would be considered unethical and inhumane.
It should also concern you that the dropout rate for those studies was impacted by the development of depression and psychosis in the participants. Again, it is not worth your health to be skinny. Besides, you may be too preoccupied with your mental health to even enjoy the weight loss the starvation brings you. So what’s the point? The goal is to be healthy and happy not frail and melancholy.
For those of you who don’t know, you should never eat less than 1,200 calories per day unless approved by your doctor. Now, most people do try to cut out 500 calories per day to lose a healthy maximum of 2 pounds per week (use 250 calories for 1 pound per week if you’re close to 1,200 calories regularly).
My (optimistic) theory is that Omnitrition misheard this information and thought you had to eat 500 calories to lose weight. Easy mistake to make for someone who has never taken a nutrition course (Omnitrition, I’m looking at you).
Not only can VLCDs be deadly, they also aren’t sustainable. Even if you think you can push through the starvation and the mental abuse you endure, you’ll eventually hit a wall. You cannot maintain the weight loss you achieve unless you continue to starve yourself indefinitely.
Even worse, your metabolism will try to save your life by slowing down, causing you to need to restrict your calories further to maintain your weight loss. Just don’t do it in the first place and you won’t have to worry. Not to mention the stress can cause weight gain.
Although Omni Drops themselves may not cause you to develop an eating disorder, we can’t ignore the diet component of this supplement. Morally, we feel that we need to divulge all of the risks so that you can make the best decisions for your health. This is why we have to tell you that the Omni Diet may in fact cause you to develop an eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa has a few key characteristics that this diet definitely promotes.
First, skipping meals. When you’re only eating 500 calories a day, you are probably snacking rather than eating an actual meal. Let’s call that strike one. This diet also wants you to restrict the types of foods that you eat. Strike two.
The final straw is that this diet forces you to become obsessed with your food. With all of these unhealthy behaviors, you may experience backlash from those you love. They may push you to eat more or stop fixating on your diet.
Often this forces you to recede back into your own world even more- completing the development of the eating disorder. You may think you aren’t at risk, but if you’re looking at diet products you may already be closer than you think. Do it the healthy way and you may just save your life in more ways than one.
Surprisingly, Omnitrition International Inc. has been around since 1989. Most companies that sell dangerous products fall out of business within a few years. However, I believe they may be catering to a niche market- those who are prone to eating disorders. If you think this is far-fetched, think again.
There are actually websites and support groups for people with eating disorders promoting the disorder, not trying to help end it. Yes, it’s sad and almost a little sickening, but it’s out there. This is not to say that Omnitrition is knowingly supporting this (again, let’s hope they just don’t know better), but it could account for their longevity.
Omni Drops (accompanied by the diet) actually have a high user rating- but there are only 10 reviews total for the product. Some users complained about the side-effects of the VLCD such as headache, fatigue, and nausea. Obviously, there are people who lost a ton of weight in the three weeks.
Although, it would be interesting to see how fast they put it back on. It was also interesting that one user commented that starvation isn’t real- that you must eat 0 calories per day to starve. Obviously, this is blatantly untrue.
Even those with anorexia who die from the disease may still eat. That’s why you must take all reviews with a grain of salt. There are some uneducated people out there. Which is also why we are motivated to write these articles to help keep you safe on your journey to health.
We give Omni Drops a 1 out of 5 stars. Ignoring the hazardous diet that we could never recommend on a good conscience, the product just doesn’t work. None of its ingredients have been proven to help with weight loss and the only useful ingredients can be found in any health supplement or multivitamin.
There is just no need to take this product. Add an extra 10 minutes to your workout or choose a supplement that does work and is safe. You’ll be much better off.
Remember, we are here to keep you safe- not to sell you a product. It can be tempting to believe lies and shun the truth when we are having a moment of weakness, but you can still up the ante of your diet in a safe way.
Nothing worth having happens overnight- and that includes your weight loss. Stick with what’s right and you will get there. No Omni needed.
Amanda is a gym instructor and a diet and nutrition fanatic that has reviewed 100s of supplements for the benefit of consumers. She struggled with obesity 7 years ago and after losing more than 30lbs, dedicates most of her time in helping others achieve similar results and transform their lives. You can contact her via the "About Us" page.