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With the alarming increase in obesity levels, it's no wonder that diet products remain the biggest growth market in the world. While this provides an unprecedented level of choice for people desperate to lose body fat, it also makes the selection of the right product extremely confusing.
The Yes You Can! Diet program was created by a Hispanic celebrity by the name of Alejandro Chaban. Chaban had suffered with his weight all of his life, going through very public bouts of bulimia, anorexia and obesity. Through trial and error he managed to bring his weight from 300 pounds down to 180. Studying for a nutrition and wellness degree, he then set about collating his experiences into a commercial diet plan. The “Yes You Can!” Plan was born.
The plan consists of four elements, or pillars:
(2) Emotional Health
The first pillar teaches users how to put in place a sound, nutritionally balanced eating plan based on portion control and balance. The Emotional Health portion shows dieters how they can develop a healthy self esteem as they progress through their weight loss journey. The third pillar introduces the dieter to regular exercise that is both fun and effective. The fourth pillar revolves around diet supplements, which will be the focus of the rest of this review.
Vitamin B6 is an umbrella term for a number of chemicals that work in a similar way. The most common of them is pyridoxine. They promote protein and carbohydrate metabolism, thereby speeding up the release of energy. They also improve nerve functioning and promote the synthesis of red blood cells (1).
Chitosan is a sugar that is derived from the outer shell of crabs, lobsters and shrimp. It is very fibrous and is believed to block the absorption of dietary fat and cholesterol.
Uva Ursi is also known as bear berry, because bears love to eat them. It has been seen to have a soothing effect on the kidney and urinary tract. The active compound in Uva Ursi is arbutin, which neutralizes unwanted organisms. This compound also benefits wound healing, lowers the body's acidity levels and has a cleansing effect on the kidneys. In this way it has a diuretic effect (2).
Psyillium husk is a plant that grows mainly in India. It is a very effective weight loss supplement due to its high fiber content. Psyllium husk is rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Just two tablespoons contains 8 grams of fiber (3).
Spirulina is a freshwater blue-green algae that has been the subject of much scientific testing over the years. This nutrient dense food takes a lot of energy to digest. Spirulina also curbs the appetite and lowers blood pressure. According to a study recently published in the Journal of Nutritional Sciences, it can also reduce cholesterol levels (4).
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries as an all round healer and weight loss agent. Its goodness comes from such compounds as acetic acid, magnesium, potassium and probiotics. It is also a great source of polyphenols, which help to prevent cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. Apple Cider Vinegar has been shown to reduce sugar cravings. It also improves detoxification. In one study, supplementation with Apple Cider Vinegar reduced bodyfat levels in mice by 10% (5).
Collagen is the largest and most abundant protein in your body. It makes up everything including your arteries, tendons, ligaments and joints. As we age we lose collagen, which makes our skin sag. Collagen supplementation can keep the skin looking young and tight (6).
Gotu Kola is often referred to as the anti cellulite herb. It is a facilitator of tissue healing which works by promoting the speed and quality of connecting tissue regeneration. These are the building blocks of most body structures. Gotu kola enhances the levels of collagen in the entire body, not just the skin. While containing no caffeine or any other stimulant, gotu kola is used extensively to increase energy and vitality, while also combating fatigue (7).
5HTP is a naturally occurring amino acid that has the ability to increase seratonin levels in the brain. It is used to stave off feelings of anxiety and depression. However, it has been shown to produce some worrying side effects, including bringing on a muscle condition known as EMS. It was subsequently found that this was due to a bad batch, but the stigma around this supplement remains (8).
Vitamin B12 is needed to make red blood cells, DNA, RNA and myelin for nerve fibers. It helps in the quick release of energy from foods we have eaten as well as keeping the nervous system functioning optimally (9).
Chamomile extract has been used for centuries as a natural healer and appetite suppressant. Its power comes from the daisy like flowers of the plant, which contain volatile oils such as bisabolol and matricin, as well as such flavanoids as apigenin (10).
Psyllium is included here for its laxative properties.
The tiny seeds of the fennel plant contain a number of fat burning and metabolism boosting compounds. These combine to suppress hunger pangs by relaxing the stomach muscles that produce this sensation. Fennel also acts as a laxative by relaxing the colon (11).
As well as acting as a laxative, licorice helps you increase your metabolic rate and burn more fat. The active compound in licorice is glycyrrhetinic acid. It is 50 times sweeter than sugar. Unlike sugar, however, it does not cause a blood sugar boosting effect. Instead, it ups the rate of fat burn in the body.
Wow – that's a lot of ingredients! Yes You Can! delivers four different pills that are designed to take four different approaches to weight loss. Although the fat burner contains a lot of ingredients that have scientific backing for various applications, there is not a lot of backing for their effectiveness in terms of straight out fat burning. The Collagen pill, however, does have such backing and will likely help to improve your skin tone. The main benefit of the appetite suppressants appears to be in their laxative properties.
There are a number of potential side effects from taking the Fat Burner, including insomnia, gas, itchy skin and diarrhea.
The “Yes You Can!” program provides a holistic approach to weight loss which is to be commended. The written information appears to be beneficial and well put together. However, the supplements include ingredients that are under tested. We do not believe they will achieve the types of results that are promised on the official website. This is an expensive product which only offers a 30 day money back guarantee.
We do not recommend the “Yes You Can!” diet plan.
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Spirulina prevents atherosclerosis by reducing hypercholesterolemia in rabbits fed a high-cholesterol diet.
(5) Carol S. Johnston, PHD, Cindy M. Kim, MS and Amanda J. Buller, MSL:
Vinegar Improves Insulin Sensitivity to a High-Carbohydrate Meal in Subjects With Insulin Resistance or Type 2 Diabetes
(6) Cheong SH1, Kim MY, Sok DE, Hwang SY, Kim JH, Kim HR, Lee JH, Kim YB, Kim MR: Effect of neutralized and native vinegar on blood glucose and acetate responses to a mixed meal in healthy subjects.
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(8) Kashmira J. Gohil,* Jagruti A. Patel, and Anuradha K. Gajjar1: Pharmacological Review on Centella asiatica: A Potential Herbal Cure-all
(9) Marty Hinz,1 Alvin Stein,2 and Thomas Uncini3: 5-HTP efficacy and contraindications
(10) Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckman J, eds. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000:57–61.
(11) Lee SH, Heo Y, Kim YC. Effect of German chamomile oil application on alleviating atopic dermatitis-like immune alterations in mice. Journal Veterinary Science. 2010;11(1):35–41.
Steve Theunissen is a freelance writer living in Melbourne, Australia. He is a former gym owner and personal trainer and is the author of six hardcopy books and more than a hundred ebooks on the topics of bodybuilding, fitness and fat loss. Steve also writes history books with a focus on the history of warfare. He is married and has two daughters. You can contact him via the "About Us" page.