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Proactol Reviews

Proactol

Proactol Reviews

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Proactol is non-prescription weight loss pill that is advertised for its ability to bind to fats. The claims from the marketers and the manufacturers are that eaten calories can be decreased by up to 28 percent.

The Advantages of Using Proactol

Advertising for Proactol claims that this diet pill offers many benefits. Among these various (and unproven) advantages include:

  • Binding to fat
  • Decreasing calorie consumption
  • Eliminates cravings for snacks
  • Decrease in blood cholesterol level
  • Improved joint flexibility
  • Boost of energy

This certainly sounds good, but is it too good to be true?

It’s All About One Ingredient

To better review Proactol, the ingredients list must be carefully examined. The primary ingredient is Neopuntia, which is a patented complex of fibers. Neopuntia comes from prickly pear, which is also called Opuntia Ficus-Indica cactus.

Neopuntia is thought to have many health benefits, particularly for individual who are seeking to lose or manage their weight. Some of these believed benefits include:

  • Impedes the digestion and absorption of ingested fats
  • Balance blood lipid levels
  • Lower cardiovascular risk due to beneficial effects on HDL cholesterol
  • Positive effects on metabolic syndrome

A study was performed on the patented Opuntia Ficus-Indica complex, called “Efficiency of Patented Fibre Complex from Opuntia ficus indica on Blood Lipids Parameters Considered as Risk Factors for Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)”. It involved sixty-eight women who had a body mass index (BMI) considered to be overweight to obese (25 to 40) and who had Metabolic Syndrome.

The study was parallel double-blind, placebo-controlled and was mono-centric randomized. It was found that there was some impact on blood lipid (fat) levels and that it could therefore help in the reduction of risk of cardiovascular problems in overweight and patients. The study did not suggest that it is an effective drug for weight loss but did say that it may be an effective fat binder. This suggests that Proactol could have some potential, though further study would certainly be required before a definitive approval could be issued.

How to Obtain this Diet Pill

Currently on the official Proactol website, a bottle of 120 tablets is available for $89.95. A free toning belt comes with every order through that website. Depending on the desired results, the instructions from the drug direct users to take between 1 to 4 pills per meal. This means that one bottle can last anywhere from 30 to 120 days. Depending on the desired results, this can become quite costly for a drug that has yet to thoroughly prove its efficacy in weight loss. This being said, the official website is very informative and offers a 120 day money back guarantee from the manufacturer.

Though this product may work as a fat binder, there truly aren’t any unique ingredients that make Proactol different from other less expensive weight loss pills. In fact, you can buy Opuntia ficus-indica (the main ingredient) on its own for a fraction of the cost at most health food stores. The money back guarantee will provide some protection against dissatisfaction, but it may be a good idea to speak with a doctor to find out if there is an option that might offer more assured results.

Speak to Your Doctor about Proactol

In fact, be sure to play it safe and obtain the advice of a medical professional. Don’t simply trust the manufacturer’s claims that their product is effective or safe, especially when there is no concrete proof to backup these claims.

This is particularly important if you have a medical condition or you are treating a health issue with medications or other over the counter remedies. Women who are pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant should also consult with their doctor, prior to taking this diet pill.

Finally, remember that like any product that was developed as a weight management aid, Proactol is meant to be used in conjunction with conventional dieting methods, such as regular exercise and a healthy diet. Do not expect miracles from any product.

*Proactol is no longer sold in this formulation or under this name. An updated version of this diet pill called Proactol XS can be purchased online. That being said, keep in mind that its formula uses different ingredients. These two products are not the same.

Thermo-Cuts Extreme Reviews

Thermo-Cuts Extreme

Thermo-Cuts Extreme Reviews

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Thermo-Cuts Extreme is the stronger version of the Optimum Nutrition drug called Thermo Cuts. This drug has a very similar (long) list of ingredients to its cousin, but also includes hydroxycitric acid (HCA) as an ingredient. Not only are many reviewers already claiming that this drug is simply another ineffective product, but it is also being compared to other drugs containing HCA which are being suspected of causing the side effects that have led the FDA to speak out against several different diet drugs.

In May of 2009, the FDA released a statement that recommended that all users of Hydroxycut diet products should stop using them right away as they have a risk of liver-related side effects that can be anywhere from mild to life-threatening. Though Thermo-Cuts Extreme is not made by Hydroxycut (which recalled every one of their products), it does include the ingredient HCA which is suspected to be the culprit behind the many undesirable side effects that had been seen in the Hydroxycut products. These side effects include jaundice, light colored stools, brown urine, itching, weakness, stomach pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, unusual fatigue, and other liver-related issues.

Aside from HCA, Thermo-Cuts Extreme also includes Chromium (which show only conflicting clinical trial results), Garcinia Cambogia Extract (the source of the HCA), NeOptuna Extract, Caffeine Anhydrous (which is a fancy word for caffeine, a stimulant which can boost energy, though it does often lead to stimulant-related side effects such as sleeplessness, headaches, and jitters), Phase 2 Brand White Kidney Bean Extract (which can help with weight loss, but only in high concentrations, which is unlikely within the Thermo-Cuts Extreme formula),Green Tea Extract (which is also effective in very high doses that are unlikely within this pill), Promilin, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA, which can contribute to weight loss when taken in high doses, but not in the lower doses of Thermo-Cuts Extreme), L-Carnitine, Grapefruit Peel Extract, Bioperine (which helps the body to absorb nutrients from food but has never been shown to help with weight loss), and Vanadyl Sulfate.

Though it may look like an inexpensive product at $25.99 (at the time of this review) per 200 capsules, as you are required to take as many as twelve of those capsules every day, a single bottle will last only 16 days, requiring two bottles (and 400 capsules!) per month. This is neither inexpensive nor realistic considering that the ingredients do not show promise for being very effective at assisting with weight loss.