Today we are going to take a bit of a look into the world of weight loss pills.
This is a specific area of the health and fitness industry that often comes under a large amount of scrutiny.
This scrutiny is warranted, as a considerable amount of these supplements make very powerful claims, while containing very questionable ingredients.
A number of weight loss pills contain a mix of thermogenic compounds, that are suggested to increase fat metabolism, and diuretics, that create fluid loss and subsequently, the appearance of weight loss.
Skinny fiber appears to differ somewhat to most typical weight loss pills as its main focus is neither thermogenic compounds nor diuretics (although it does contain mild stimulants).
Skinny Fiber diet pills actually contain all natural ingredients (not that this is always a positive), and is suggested to promote weight loss through an increased intake of dietary fiber.
Skinny fiber diet pills are to be taken twice each day, 30 minuted before lunch, and then again 30 minutes before dinner.
The product has two key claims.
Firstly, to promote sensations of fullness, causing a reduction in appetite and subsequently a, reduced food intake.
This is suggested to stop overeating, and promote weight loss.
Secondly, the product is also suggested to contain enzymes that help regulate the body’s ‘hunger hormones’.
This is said to reduce the effect of those hormones that create feelings of hunger.
This is suggested to lead to a reduction in food intake, causing an increased rate of weight loss.
In saying that, the product information does not provide adequate information on how its ingredients meet these claims.
In fact, upon closer inspection, the product information provided can be quite confusing and difficult to understand.
It describes the product promoting weight loss through the removal of toxins and chemicals from cells, while providing essential nutrients to the body.
It goes further to claim that skinny fiber diet pills have a scientifically proven ‘proprietary formula’.
This formula is said to have antioxidant properties, which improve digestive function, supports ‘detoxifixation’ of the body, and promotes weight management.
Despite these health claims, there is actually no information provided on how the product meets those claims.
So to gain a better understanding of how skinny fiber works (if it does work!), we are going to have a look at each of the ingredients found within skinny fiber.
Skinny Fiber only contains three key ingredients.
This should be viewed as a positive, as it is not uncommon to find weight loss pills containing more than twenty ingredients!
While this may sound good, having too many ingredients ends up saturating the product.
This means that each ingredient is provided in such a small dosage that there is absolutely no effect on the body.
By limiting the product to three ingredients, Skinny Fiber can guarantee that the dosage of each individual ingredient is high enough to have an effect on the body.
Now, whether these ingredients actually have an effect on the body requires a little more investigation.
Glucomannan is the key ingredient in Skinny Fiber diet pills.
Gulucomannan is naturally occurring, water soluble, dietary fiber.
It is extracted from the roots of the ‘elephant yam’.
It is often available as a supplement in the form of pills or drink mixes, and also added to many food products such as pasta and flour.
It has a long history in eastern culture, where it was commonly used in herbal remedies.
Glucomannan has demonstrated very good capacity to absorb water, and is arguably the thickest dietary fibers available for purchase over the counter.
In fact, it absorbs so much water that if you were to empty a single tablespoon of glucomannan into a glass of water, the entire glass will turn into a gel like substance.
And this is actually how it is suggested to promote weight loss.
You see, when we consume glucomannan with water, it expands rapidly in our stomachs.
By taking up stomach space, we experience feelings of fullness, which reduces the food intake during the upcoming meal.
Once it has expanded, glucomannan also reduces the absorption of fat and protein into the stomach.
So not only do we eat less food, but less of what we eat is absorbed .
As an added bonus, glucomannan is very low in energy, meaning that its consumption barely adds to our daily energy intake.
This makes achieving a daily energy deficit easier, which over time can promote significant weight loss.
It is important to note that MOST clinical trials that demonstrate Glucomannan is an effective weight loss supplement use a dosage of 3000mg per day.
Skinny Fiber only provides a dosage of 2000mg per day.
This may reduce the positive effects of Glucomannan on weight loss somewhat.
Caralluma is a plant found commonly in India that is closely related to the cactus family.
Traditionally, Indian tribesmen chewed chunks of caralluma while they were on a lengthy hunt.
Chewing caralluma was suggested to stop them getting hungry during periods where food was not readily available.
Interestingly, they were on to something.
Caralluma has shown to cause significant reductions in hunger signals in humans.
In fact, in one human study undertaken on 50 people, the effects of Caralluma were profound.
Those individuals taking a daily dose of carralluma saw a significant reduction in both body weight and waist circumference .
This suggests that caralluma can have positive effects on weight loss by further suppressing appetite.
Cha de Bugre is a tree found natively in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.
The tree produces small red fruit that looks quite similar to a coffee bean.
This fruit was traditionally roasted and brewed into teas, and was thought to have a number of positive effects on health.
This fruit has become increasingly popular in recent times as both a stimulant and a weight loss product.
Despite its newfound popularity, there is actually very little evidence to suggest it has any merit as a weight loss supplement .
Although there has enough evidence to suggest that it may positive effects on general health.
Looking at the ingredients, we can see that some of the ingredients may not really reach the lofty heights of the health claims made by Skinny Fiber.
This formula is said to have antioxidant properties, can improve the function of the digestive system, supports ‘detoxifixation’ of the body, all while also promoting weight management.
Ultimately, the product will help promote weight management.
But that is it.
Two of the three ingredients have demonstrated to result in significant reductions in weight and waist circumference.
This suggest that Skinny Fiber may help contribute to long term weight loss effectively.
It will not improve the function of the digestive system.
And it will definitely not ‘detoxify’ the body.
So if you are after a simple supplement that should help you drop a couple of pounds, then Skinny Fiber is for you.
If you are after a supplement to improve health and functioning of the body’s systems, maybe look elsewhere.
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2. Kuriyan, Rebecca, et al. “Effect of Caralluma fimbriata extract on appetite, food intake and anthropometry in adult Indian men and women.” Appetite 48.3 (2007): 338-344. Viewed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17097761
3. Web MD, Cha De Bugre, (2016). Viewed at: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1124-cha%20de%20bugre.aspx?activeingredientid=1124&activeingredientname=cha%20de%20bugre
John has been a fitness enthusiast for over 10 years, starting out while struggling with obesity as a teenager. Over the years he has advised numerous clients on how to transform their physiques and their lives. As a writer on Nutrition Inspector he aims to help others achieve real results by staying clear of the common hype and false claims in the supplement industry!