I understand you completely. I am also trying to lose about 20lbs I have tried so many other diets with no success and have tried this one. I lost some weight and gained some back. I have used Roca Labs before and it worked very well for me I lost 44lbs, but I am now starting again to lose the last 20lbs. I stopped for awhile and maintained my loss until I had knee surgery and put some weight back on. It's time to get back in shape and gain my health back! Being committed to losing the weight and having the will power is the first step! So I wish you the best of luck!View Thread
You say this: "Yes, people who take Roca Labs are wasting both time and money that they can ill afford to lose." Doesn't an addict waste time and money on their addiction whether it be food, drugs, cigarettes etc.? The difference here is those you say that are wasting money on Roca Labs are trying to overcome one addiction and become healthy. If it is working for them how is it a waste? Would we tell a smoker that buying the patch is a waste of money? Would we tell an addict that going to a rehab clinic is a waste of money? I do believe people are addicted to food and have done some research on it and this is what I found: "The problem with an addictive food model is that food is required by the body whereas drugs and alcohol are obviously not. The case has been made that processed foods can be addictive because they have unnatural nutrient profiles, such as high sugar content or combinations of high sugar and high fat, that are not found in naturally occurring foods (Gearhardt, 2011) .
While the scientist try to figure out this question, the approach an over-eater would take is the same either way. In an excellent review of the topic in the latest publication of Nature Reviews Neuroscience (March 14, 20012) titled , Obesity and the brain: how convincing is the addiction model?, the authors suggest "that food addiction is one of many factors in a more complex model of the obesity epidemic that require further exploration and refinement." Some have found success with Overeaters Anonymous, a 12 step programed designed on the original format of Alcoholic Anonymous. This program is designed to help overeating due to any cause." Either way it is important to treat overeating before it irreversibly damages your body. And if that comes by using a diet supplement or just counting calories and the outcome is the same does it really matter? View Thread
I agree with you Pato. I have actually asked a doctor about weight loss supplements because it gets so overwhelming with all the difference of opinions. This is the response I got from Dr. Cohen: "Any weight loss program should be accompanied by eating less. A healthy diet is the cornerstone of any weight loss program. Effective weight loss supplements will assist you in feeling less hungry. Claims that certain weight loss supplements will increase your metabolism without eating less, are unfounded.
An effective weight loss supplement will allow you to be more successful in your dieting efforts. " "The FDA warns against diet pills that contain ephedrine or higher doses of caffeine. These all have stimulant activity that raises heart rate, blood pressure, nervousness and irritability and may impair your ability to sleep.
FDA laboratory tests have revealed the presence of sibutramine, fenproporex, fluoxetine, bumetanide, furosemide, phenytoin, rimonabant, cetilistat, and phenolphthalein in 72 weight loss products being sold over-the-counter. For a complete list of these products you can go to the FDA website."
Since the formula is working and a doctor I trust has advised me I will continue. Congrats on your weight loss so far!
I understand all you professionals are against spending money on weight loss products, but be REAL some of us, most of us need help to control our food intake. Do you suggest we don't try these products first and head to surgery because obviously getting us to count calories, eat the right foods, and exercise is not something we can do. If it was that easy there would be no diet industry and certainly no need for any type of weight loss surgery! Yet we see doctors all the time recomending the dangerous gastric bypass surgery, but so against any food supplement that might help us succeed. It has to worth a try.View Thread
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