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Q: Is TrimSpa a good diet pill? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Is TrimSpa a good diet pill?
Category: Health > Fitness and Nutrition
Asked by: tinkywinkey-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 05 Oct 2006 16:17 PDT
Expires: 04 Nov 2006 15:17 PST
Question ID: 771129

I'm looking for a good quality diet pill and I was told TrimSpa is
good, but when I looked for information online, I found
and was wondering if the list sounds right and how would I know that
I'm getting the right product that's right for me and is safe and is
not a fake?

Please help me choose and if you want information on the person's
physical parameters, I'll supply them.

Thank you.

Subject: Re: Is TrimSpa a good diet pill?
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 06 Oct 2006 13:08 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello tinkywinkey,

Overall, I would recommend that you avoid TrimSpa or any other type of
commercial weight loss supplement and perhaps try some other less
expensive herbal supplements to lose weight, such as a green tea
extract. Any type of weight-loss supplement that you will find will
basically be a type of amphetamine which speeds up your metabolism and
causes you to lose weight that way. They are not marketed as
amphetamine-type pills, and that's for good reason. People are wary of
amphetamines and know the side effects that they can cause. Most
weight loss supplements can also cause these same side effects, not
coincidentally. Most of them are not healthy, especially when taken on
a sustained basis. And of course, when you stop taking them, if you
have not instituted a regular diet and exercise regimen, you will
probably gain the weight back.

When evaluating any type of supplement or pill (even one that has been
prescribed for you by a physician!), you should find out what the
ingredients are and look them up on the web. You cannot trust sites
like the one you cited in your question.  It looks more like an
advertisement than anything else and a site like that cannot be
trusted to give you the unbiased information you need. You can look a
supplement up by checking on reliable sources such as Pubmed
(, Google Groups
(, Google Scholar ( and on
Wikipedia ( It helps to find
out any medical names for the supplement and that will filter out the
spam sites from a search.

Here's why I give these recommendations. Here are the ingredients of TrimSpa:

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 tabs
Servings per Container: 30

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value**

Chromium                150mcg    125
Vanadium                30mcg        ?
Glucomannan            400mg        ?
Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose 100mg ?
Citrus Naringinine        10mg            ?
Glucosamine HCI           100mg            ?
Cocoa Extract            400mg            ?
Green Tea Extract        250mg        ?
Hoodia Gordonii Cactus    150mg    ? 

Trimspa X32 ingredients--

Its main ingredient, hoodia, is an African plant that might help with
appetite suppression. However, hoodia has only been the subject of
Western studies since about 2003, and never to a double-blind
clinically reviewed study, so its long-term effects cannot be known
for sure. The African bushmen who take it on a regular basis to stave
off hunger during long hunting trips don't seem to have had any ill
effects from it, but its safety cannot be stated with 100 percent
surety. It very well might be a safe and effective drug-- however, the
same thing was once thought of fen-phen and ephedra and they were
later banned from use in supplements.

TrimSpa contains an amount of chromium that, especially if combined
with chromium in other multivitamins or supplements, could go above
the safe recommended amount of daily chromium for the body.

Another ingredient, tyramine, can be known to cause migraine headaches
and is not recommended to take with any MAOI inhibitors.

Basically, TrimSpa is an expensive supplement which contains hoodia,
which has not been proven to be safe in a double-blind clinical study.
It may help you lose weight, but a lot of things will.

"Consumer Reports" has tried to do a report on hoodia's effectiveness
and reached the conclusion that there was simply not enough data
available on hoodia to be able to recommend it. TrimSpa has made
claims that hoodia can help you lose weight-- but the FDA has notified
them that they cannot say that hoodia is either safe or effective
because there is no proof that it is.

Here is some further information on TrimSpa:

Furthermore, TrimSpa is now the subject of a lawsuit claiming that it
doesn't actaully contain any hoodia at all.

Wikipedia-- Hoodia

At the end of the Hoodia entry, there are numerous articles on the
subject, all of which are interesting as to the subject of Hoodia's

Instead, I recommend one of the ingredients in TrimSpa, green tea
extract, which  on its own may be able to aid you in losing weight.
Here are some studies on the subject, which seem to correlate the
hypothesis that it is helpful in losing weight:

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition


Google Scholar search results page:

Pubmed search results:

British Journal of Nutrition:

As you can see, these are all scientific studies published in
established medical journals. It is not hearsay, which is what you
would hear about TrimSpa on many websites and from friends. There is
evidence in these studies that green tea helps lose weight. There is
no medical evidence that supplements such as TrimSpa do the same, and
they are much more expensive than a simple green tea extract pill.
Diet and exercise would help in this process, of course.

Nothing is a miracle cure, but I would say that trying a green tea
extract is your best bet. It couldn't hurt and it very well may help.
You could also get these benefits by drinking green tea, of course.
Green tea has also been proven to have numerous antioxidants that
prevent cancer, so even if it doesn't help you lose weight it will
help you in other ways.

BBC News
"Sampling the Kalahari cactus diet"

Trimspa website

World Village

Search terms:
appetite suppressant wikipedia

on Google Scholar (
green tea extract weight loss

If you need any additional help or clarification, let me know and I'll
be glad to assist you!

tinkywinkey-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks! :-)


Subject: Re: Is TrimSpa a good diet pill?
From: research_help-ga on 06 Oct 2006 13:22 PDT
The only universally recognized safe way to lose weight and keep it
off is to consume fewer calories and fat and exercise more. People
want a quick fix, but the only long term fix takes patience and
Subject: Re: Is TrimSpa a good diet pill?
From: owain-ga on 06 Oct 2006 14:49 PDT
I agree with research_help-ga.

If it don't go past your lips it won't stay on the hips.

Subject: Re: Is TrimSpa a good diet pill?
From: keystroke-ga on 18 Oct 2006 10:22 PDT
Thank you for the five stars! I hope I helped you a bit.


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