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Any experience with Metabolofe?

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive June 2004: Any experience with Metabolofe?
By Mommierenee on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 11:59 am:

I thought I should put this in the "get fit" topic page, but it's kind of cheating, not "getting fit" like we should!

Has anyone used this product? I bought it, but haven't taken it yet. I had a depo provera shot in January (only one) and have been gaining weight ever since. I have 3 children & I am heavier now than when I was pregnant! I have been working out a lot, joined a gym & I was going 4 times per week, stopped drinking pop ( I was drinking a LOT of it!!!!), limited my calories to 1400 per day (but usually it was never over 1100 per day). I think I have just gone up & down with my weight so much in my life & starved myself too many times, that when I started eating healthy & corectly, I gained weight.
Also, my mother was way overweight her whole life, and I am scared that I will be too!
So I have tried the right way & now I'm ready to take some drastic measures. Not too drastic though, I don't want to have a heart attack or anything, but has anyone out there lost weight with any diet pills that are safe?
My husband told me I need to lose weight. He was nice about it, but he's never told me anything like that before.
Any suggestions?
I am going to the Dr today, but he's a man and he's overweight himself, I would rather ask someone who has experience & has been through it.

Admins - if I should have posted this in the "get fit", let me know & I apoligize up front.

By Amecmom on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 12:14 pm:

I loved Hydroxicut. It worked. Trim Spa is also good. I took them quite a while ago though, when they contained ephedra. My guess is it was the ephedra that made them work.

I don't know anything really about the new "ephedra free" products.

What has worked for me, and I can be very honest about this, is forllowing the Weight Watchers plan. I don't go the meetings, becasue I'm pg, but I am stil following the plan.

I am ending my 7th month of pregnancy and have gained a total of 13 pounds - some of which is because I cheated.

Don't look to pills, look to changing your eating habits. I thought for sure food was not my problem. Then I learned what a proper portion size was. I started eating only lite foods (bread, cheese, mayo etc) This made a huge difference in my overally health. I got a food scale and measured everything! I lost about 7 pounds before I became pg by following the program.

Just go to one meeting, get the start-up info and the points finder. You can get the rest of the information online. If you like the meetings, then go. They were not really for me.

Just one opinion :), but I can honestlly say this has changed my life.


By Mommierenee on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 12:20 pm:

Thanks, I will try it. I am ready to try about anything now! I thought that if the metabolife were to give me a kick start then I would be able to do it on my own. I bought some trimspa too. I still have it, I wanted to try it the "right" way first!
Thanks Ame!

By Rayanne on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 01:47 pm:

I have tried Metabolife and it does work. The only thing is that when you get off of it, the weight comes right back, and sometimes more. Becareful please.
I also tried Weight Watchers, but it isn't for me. I am trying so hard to get DH to join a gym with me. I am someone who needs someone to motivate me. I don't eat that much and the weight still won't come off, so exercise is what I need.

By Amecmom on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 04:10 pm:

My husband just started the Atkins. He finishes the induction period this week. You need a lot of willpower to do it, but it does work. He's dropping fat very quickly. The problem is that you have to be very committed to it and for two to three weeks consume no carbs (less than 20 grams per day). Even one doughnut or a piece of bread or a dish of pasta during those two weeks can blow it.

After that, you slowly up your carbs.

I know it's not for me. I can't ignore a whole food group. But for some people it works to jump start their weight loss. My cousins lost 20, 20 and 50 pounds by sticking to the Atkins.

I'm already planning my post natal weight loss plan. Since I can't have sushi while I'm pregnant, I'm going to make up for it by eating nothing but sushi for lunch and dinner for two weeks after the baby is born :). It won't be a cheap diet, but it will be much less expensive that going out and buying new clothes!

I thought the same thing. I thought I didn't eat that much. I worked out 4 days a week and I still was not loosing. I was so disheartened. It turns out I wasn't eating enough of the right things and I was putting my body in starvation mode. I had really slowed down my metabolism. Once I kicked into a WW 20 point day consisting of high protein, mod carb, low fat foods, five servings of veggies and the proper amount of dietary calcium, then the weight began to come off.

It took a few weeks though, for my body to come out of starvation mode and start using fuel the way it should, so I didn't see results right away.

Good luck finding what's right for you.

By Andi on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 05:18 pm:

Don't do it! They are a San Diego (where I live) based company and for a while there they were all over the news about how bad they are. I used it a few years ago for about 2 months and lost weight but as soon as you stop taking it you gain all the weight back and then some. :)

Have you tried watching what you eat and exercise? I think those diet pills can help give you a boost and get you motivated but it's healthy eating and exercise that will keep off the weight.

By Ginny~moderator on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 09:42 pm:

RE: Metabolite:

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:
By Penni Crabtree
June 24, 2004

Metabolife International yesterday was ordered to pay $7.46 million to a Texas woman who suffered a stroke after taking the company's ephedra diet pill.

It is at least the second jury award against the San Diego dietary supplement company and its now-discontinued flagship product, Metabolife 356. In November 2002, a federal jury in Alabama awarded $4.1 million in damages to four people who suffered heart attacks or strokes after taking Metabolife 356.

In April, federal regulators banned the use of ephedra supplement products after the herbal stimulant was linked to 155 deaths and numerous serious injuries.

Jurors in a Houston state court deliberated about six hours before finding that Metabolife was responsible for the stroke that 35-year-old Rhea McAllister suffered in 2002.

"Originally it was going to be significantly more" than the $5 million in punitive damages, said jury forewoman Tiffany Griffith, 21. She said the jury considered the views of both sides and "we decided that $5 million was enough to let them wake up a bit." Actual damages were $2.46 million.

Texas law will likely cap the punitive damages, and since the jury decided McAllister was partially at fault for not heeding a warning label, she may get only about $2.7 million.

Jan Strode, a spokeswoman for Metabolife, said the company intends to appeal the verdict.

"Metabolife was disappointed to find that clinical studies, personal responsibility and the true facts did not prevail," Strode said. "Scientific studies have demonstrated repeatedly that Metabolife's products when taken as directed are safe."

Metabolife has lost two out of three personal injury cases that have made it to a jury in the last 18 months. The company won a case in December 2002, when a California jury determined that there was no evidence to link Metabolife 356 with a stoke suffered by Upland resident Tom Hendriksen.

Though only a trickle of cases make it to court, there is a torrent in the making: earlier this year, the California Supreme Court ordered all Metabolife personal injury lawsuits filed in the state to be moved to the San Diego courtroom of Superior Court Judge Ronald Styne.

A hearing is expected next month to determine which of the approximately 100 personal injury lawsuits filed against Metabolife will go to trial first, according to James Frantz, an attorney who represents several consumers with personal injury cases against Metabolife.

Metabolife has made no settlement offer to resolve the California lawsuits, Frantz said. Another 50 to 75 personal injury lawsuits have been moved to one court in New York, and there are other cases pending in other states.

According to public documents, Metabolife or its insurers have paid at least $5 million to settle 29 other cases.

"We expect to do it one case at a time," Frantz said.

Ed Blizzard, McAllister's lawyer, said the jury award shows that Metabolife is "being held accountable for their actions.

"For seven years, Metabolife kept from the government information that people who were taking their product were suffering serious injury," Blizzard said.

At the time McAllister suffered the stroke, she worked in human resources for Goodwill Industries. Afterwards, she was unable to walk or feed herself for a time, her lawyers said.

McAllister, who bought the supplement hoping it would help burn off some extra weight, took the compound for about a month before suffering the stroke, her lawyers told jurors.

Bloomberg News contributed to this report

By Palmbchprincess on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 10:33 pm:

I took Ephedra quite a bit (Stacker 3's), up until the ban. I am probably pretty lucky, since I usually took 100 mg or more a day, which is a bit too much. I never had a problem with them, but now there are Ephedra-free versions since the ban went into effect. Bitter Orange is a similar stimulant in many supplements like Metabolife, so if you have ANY heart, or blood pressure problems you may want to reconsider taking any of these products. They can also give you the "jitters" like you have had too much coffee, since they have caffeine in them. My girlfriend takes Trimspa, and she said she is seeing good results with it. HTH :)

By Kristie on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 10:53 pm:

My best friend took Metabolife for a year. She stopped because she was haveing heart palpatations and was getting dizzy. She lost weight but has to go in for EKG's because of her heart. She has been doing the Atkins diet and she has lost the weight and kept it off. I just worry that if you take it you may have the same problems with your heart. I'd talk to your Dr. before you take anything. Good Luck!!

By Mommierenee on Friday, June 25, 2004 - 04:02 am:

Thanks everyone!
I was worried about the heart problems too! I don't want to have a stroke just to lose weight! But it also does not have ephedra in it anymore.
I will have to talk to the Dr. & think about it some more!

By Mommierenee on Friday, June 25, 2004 - 04:02 am:

Thanks everyone!
I was worried about the heart problems too! I don't want to have a stroke just to lose weight! But it also does not have ephedra in it anymore.
I will have to talk to the Dr. & think about it some more!

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