Sadkhin Diet

Sadkhin Diet review

The Sadkhin Diet is a fad strategy that claims that it will help a dieter to be able to lose weight very quickly, but still safely. Instead of focusing on starving yourself, it uses acupressure to keep hunger to a minimum. In theory, this is supposed to help the dieter to be able to eat far less without having to feel as though they are starving. Furthermore, it also claims to help to cleanse the body while it synchronizes the operation of the organs.

Supposed Sadkhin Diet Benefits

The supposed benefits of choosing this program include:

  • Weight loss of 20-25 pounds achieve in just one month
  • No side effects
  • Countless benefits to your health
  • Natural weight loss without chemicals, diets, surgery or heavy exercising
  • Weight loss sustainability, with weight loss effects lasting for a minimum of 2 years

Additionally, the official site states the program is very affordable as “many insurance plans reimburse our clients.”

Based on these bold claims (that don’t have any clinical evidence to back them up) and the fact that the company behind his program likes to boast that the program has been featured on many TV networks, this immediately calls into question the validity of the claims made.

A Money Grab More Than a Practical Weight Loss Solution

The Sadkhin Diet, better known as the Sadkhin Complex weight loss program, is a combination of eating recommended healthy foods and acupressure, which is delivered via two Sadkhin Spheres that are positioned behind the ears (one behind each ear) by a Certified Sadkhin Practitioner. The website shows the ways in which a dieter will be required to change their typical eating habits so that they will be able to drop ten percent of their body weight within a tiny period of ten days.

This is a very expensive program. Although the initial consultation is free, the first month costs just under $400 and then about $240 for each additional month on the program. Moreover, there may be other additional costs for the company’s proprietary Multi-Vitamins, Soups, Herbs and Tea blend. On top of that, the spheres that deliver the acupressure must be adjusted every 10-12 days and this adjustment can be done only by a Certified Sadkhin Practitioner at a certified The SadkhinTherapy location.

Additionally, there is no evidence that this program is even effective for safe and long-term weight loss. Reviews by users on third party sites have been highly skeptical and it isn’t difficult to understand why. All that is used for this diet is acupressure and the exclusive consumption of  “healthy” foods that is nothing short of a starvation diet that includes primarily liquid-based foods, vegetables and fruits, resulting in a very low-calorie diet that is unbalanced and clearly lacking nutrients, which is made apparent as taking a multivitamin is encouraged.

While the diet, itself, isn’t tremendously challenging to follow in terms of knowing what the rules are, for the majority of people, it would be impossible (and also unhealthy) to be able to achieve the weight loss that is outlined in the program’s claims.

Even though the idea behind this fad may seem as though it is a good one, the reality is quite different. Moreover, any results that are actually achieved throughout the length of the Sadkhin diet will rapidly diminish once it is no longer being followed as it is likely that much of the weight that is lost will be water weight, and the rest will rebound before the body is able to recover from being in starvation mode (a slowed metabolism from eating too few calories).

A Diet for 16 to 65 Year Olds

According to the website for the Sadkhin Diet, they accept clients in fair health aged 16 to 65. However, individuals who have severe heart conditions and/or are currently under chemotherapy/radiation treatment are not eligible to take part in the program. Individuals interested in the Sadkhin Diet are also encouraged to consult with their primary care physician prior to their first appointment to make sure the program is right for them.

Though acupressure may help some people with weight loss when combined with diet restrictions, using it to such an extreme degree like the Sadkhin Diet may not be the safest method for everyone. There were reports of users of this diet (in their reviews of their experience) who found that they were incapable of eliminating their hunger, and who were not able to lose nearly the amount of weight that was promised.

While is it highly recommended that you avoid this weight management program altogether, if you are keen to give it a try, it is very important for anyone considering this diet to first speak with their doctor as it may not be safe for everyone and it could put your health at risk if it does not agree with your specific medical needs.

 

Kilo Trim

Kilo Trim review

Kilo Trim is a nonprescription weight loss pill that is manufactured by New Nordic Health, a company based in Sweden. This is a company that has a good reputation as a leading health brand in the Scandinavian region.

The Kilo Trim Formula Has Two Active Ingredients 

Each of the Kilo Trim tablets contains only two ingredients. They are:

  • Glucomannan powder
  • Chili fruit extract (capsaicin)

These two ingredients are extremely common in over the counter diet pills and one of them is known to contribute to weight loss in an indirect but quite helpful way.

The claims about this product are that it acts as a fat burner and an appetite suppressant and that these benefits can help to make it easier for a dieter to be able to lose weight. The appetite suppression is based on claims that glucomannan powder will be able to expand in the stomach to the point that it will trick the body into thinking that it is more full than it actually is.

Unfortunately, due to the quantity of this ingredient that has been used in Kilo Trim, it is unlikely that the appetite suppression will be significant. That said, one positive thing about its directions is that it clearly states that two 8-ounce glasses of water should be consumed along with each tablet (three of which are to be taken in a day).

The reason why this is positive is that many products containing this ingredient don’t recommend enough water to encourage the powder to fully swell to its largest gel form. In this case, it does. The extra water could also help to act as a temporary appetite suppressant.

Beyond Controlling Hunger, Another Supposed Benefit is Thermogenic Fat Burning

The second ingredient contains capsaicin, which is the substance that makes chili peppers spicy. It is known to work as a thermogenic agent by increasing the body temperature so that more calories from consumed food are being burned off as heat. This means that the dieter will be able to potentially burn off a larger number of calories than would be possible with diet and exercise, alone. Moreover, when combined with cardio exercise, it can increase fat burning even further.

Fortunately, a large amount of water is taken with this pill as dehydration can be a risk with a thermogenic response. It is important for users to pay close attention to their hydration levels and to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.

Though it is unlikely that Kilo Trim will have an overwhelmingly powerful impact on weight loss, it does have the potential to be helpful and to take the “edge” off of some of the downsides of dieting, which could make it easier for some dieters.

Kilo Trim Update – February 2020

There were actually several different versions of the Kilo Trim product produced by New Nordic Health. That being said, most seem to discontinued or are at least no longer for sale in the US, including the product reviewed above. Examples of some of the different versions of this product included:

  • Kilo Trim: Lose Weight Natural – Chili and Glucomannan
  • Kilo Trim: Weight Loss Healthy Blood Glucose Levels – Konjac Glucomannan and Saffron with chromium picolinate
  • Kilo Trim: Contributes to Weight Management – Glucomannan and Betula Pendula Roth

The product discussed in the above Kilo Trim review is the version of this diet pill that includes chili (capsaicin) and glucomannan. That being said, you will notice that although each product differs slightly, they all have one ingredient in common: glucomannan.

Can Glucomannan Aid with Weight Loss?

Also known as konjac root, glucomannan is often touted in the OTC weight loss industry as being a powerful hunger controller or appetite suppressant. The common theory is that this natural water-soluble dietary fiber has the exceptional ability to absorb water. When it does, it transforms the fiber into a gel-like substance that takes up space in your stomach to promote a feeling of fullness, making it easier to eat less at meal time. It also can delay stomach emptying to increase satiety, is low in calories and lowers the absorption of fat and protein.

That said, the efficacy of glucomannan in regard to weight loss is inconclusive. Some research has found that it has the potential to be beneficial while other studies say that while these supplements are well tolerated, they have no effect on weight loss and further study is needed.

Ultimately, while Kilo Trim may not be available anymore, if you are considering taking a diet pill that contains glucomannan, remember that even if this ingredient should have an effect on your appetite, there is not guarantee that taking it will aid in or result in weight loss.

Alli

Alli Fat Blocker

Alli is a nonprescription weight loss drug that is designed to help dieters to shed their excess body fat more easily. It is a product that is both created and manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the UK-based pharmaceutical giant.

According to the official website, when this Alli review was written, this product “is clinically proven to work for people who want to lose 5% to 10% of their body weight and are committed to a well-balanced diet as directed with Alli®”. 

Alli is FDA Approved

The official website for this product has indicated that the FDA has given its approval for these pills. This is extremely rare for an over the counter (OTC) diet pill. However, In Alli’s case, it contains an FDA-approved diet drug for the treatment of obesity called Orlistat.

Orlistat (Xenical) is at the heart of the ingredients in Alli. It is typically sold as a prescription weight loss pill, but in this product, it is used in a considerably lower dose (60-milligrams to the 120-milligram prescription drug version), which has allowed it to be sold as a nonprescription product with the FDA’s approval. 

How Does Alli Help with Weight Loss?

Orlistat works by blocking the enzyme in the body that decomposes fats in your diet. This fat that is undigested then passes out of your body through a bowel movement. Studies have found that Orlistat (in its prescription dose) is an effective and well-tolerated anti-obesity drug.

In the case of Alli, specifically, the purpose of this OTC product is to block about a quarter (25%) of the consumed fat from being absorbed into the body. This helps to reduce the number of calories that are taken in from the food that is eaten every day. The excess fat is then passed with the rest of the body’s waste.

That being said, this drug does not block the absorption of calories from sugar and other non-fat foods. In other words, you will still need to restrict your total intake of calories when taking this diet pill.

Moreover, the instructions for Alli explain that it is not designed to be used on its own for weight loss, but must instead be combined with a healthy diet and a regular fitness appropriate activity level. 

Possible Side Effects

Because of the nature of this product, it is highly recommended that it be taken with a reduced fat diet because it will help to lower the chances of side effects. This is because the fat that is not absorbed and that passes through the body can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Loose stool
  • Flatulence (excessive gas)
  • Cramps
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Gas with oily anal discharge
  • Oily stools
  • More frequent bowel movements
  • Urgent or hard to control bowel movements 

Other Things to Consider

Keep in mind, it is very important to consult with your doctor before taking Alli, regardless of the fact that it does not require a prescription.

The main reason is that this non-prescription diet drug may not be safe for everyone to take. It may interact poorly with other medications or negatively impact certain health conditions. Inform your medical practitioner if you have:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • HIV
  • Seizures

Additionally, be sure to tell him or her of any health conditions you may have, any medications you may be taking, as well as if you are pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant.

Consulting with your doctor can help you to know exactly how you should be eating to take advantage of the benefits of this product and to ensure that you are losing weight as quickly as possible and in as healthy a technique as possible.

This is also important as it may be vital for you to supplement some of your nutrition while taking this product, as it may reduce the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, and you may need to compensate for that.

At the time this review was created, a 60-Count Starter Pack of Alli could be purchased online for $39.94 at Amazon and Walmart, $39.99 at Target and $49.99 at Walgreens. You cannot purchase the product directly from the official website. That being said, the official site did offer a $5 Off Coupon for the 60-Count Starter Pack and a $10 off coupon for the 120-Count Refill Pack.

Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells & Lose Weight Permanently

Always Hungry Conquer Cravings Retrain Your Fat Cells and Lose Weight Permanently reviewA new book was recently released by Dr. David Ludwig, a professor from Harvard, under the title “Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells & Lose Weight Permanently”. This book has been drawing a considerable amount of attention from the dieting world, as well as the media, because it has gone to the extent of not only laying out some important concepts for weight loss, but also providing the science to back up each recommendation.

This book has not been designed to be used to lose weight very quickly. Instead, it is meant to provide people who follow its recommendations with a way to gradually and continually lose their excess weight, over a period of time, after which they will be able to keep it off because they will have built a realistic and practical lifestyle around it.

Dr. Ludwig is not new to the weight loss industry. He is, in fact, recognized as being among the most influential researchers in the low-carb movement. That said, this is not an ultra low-carb diet. While he does acknowledge that eating a diet that is very low in carbohydrates can be a way to knock off more pounds, more quickly, he also recognizes that this is not necessarily a great way to think over the long term. Instead, he has favored a path that will allow a reasonable carbohydrate reduction that more people will find achievable and that they will be able to stick to over time.

The author has been involved in some of the most important carb reduction weight loss studies that have been conducted to date. One of the most famous involved one that showed that people who cut back on carbohydrates could burn an average of 325 more calories on a daily basis than people who don’t reduce their carbs.

At the same time that carbs need to be reduced when following the rules in Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells & Lose Weight Permanently, Dr. Ludwig specifically identifies foods such as added sugars and white flour as being worth cutting out as much as possible. The reason is that he says they promote the production of insulin, which he has nicknamed the “fat cell fertilizer”.

It is possible that many people will find this version of a low-carb diet much more appealing as it could be something they will be able to achieve in a more realistic way.

The Shangri-La Diet

The Shangri-La Diet reviewThe Shangri-Lad Diet is based on a book written by psychologist, Seth Roberts, which describes a way in which he claims to have lost 35 pounds in 3 months by drinking 100 to 400 daily calories’ worth of olive oil, unflavored sugar water, and a host of bland foods, while plugging his nose (because the combination is reportedly smelly enough to make you gag). That said, Roberts did not conduct any form of study to support his method.

Though this diet did become quite popular when it was new in 2006, it went out of fashion pretty quickly. That said, it has started to make its way back into the daylight again as several blogs have featured it. The latest version seems to be based on a similar concept, except it is attempting to make it less gaggable by taking shots of olive oil or sugar water between meals to reduce the inclination to snack, instead of attempting to drink it all together in one malodorous concoction.

The idea behind this strategy is that eating snacks and meals that are very bland and flavorless can help to retrain the brain to take the link between flavor and food away. This stops people from craving flavors and, therefore, reduces the inclination to overeat. That said, this concept has not been broadly accepted by the medical community. Some, including John Ford, M.D., a medical professor at UCLA, has outwardly criticized the diet and its lack of evidence. He has also added to the criticism in pointing out that there must be a reason that Roberts has not had any inclination to put his dieting strategy to the scientific test so that it can face peer review.

Most dieting strategies that believe that they are worthwhile will jump at the chance to prove that they have the ability to help people to lose weight. However, as there aren’t any scientifically valid or proven reasons that this would ever work, and because there has never been any research to indicate that this specific method will be helpful to dieters, the majority of the medical community has turned its back on it.

According to the author of “Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss”, Georgie Fear. R.D., “It’s bull,” explaining that “If that worked, then diet soda would also be an effective way to disassociate flavor and calories.” After all, diet soda has now been linked with weight gain, not weight loss, which proves the exact opposite of the theories outlined in The Shangri-La Diet.

Hydroxycut Lean Protein Shakes

Hydroxycut Lean Protein Shakes reviewHydroxycut Lean Protein Shakes are meant to function as an appetite suppressant so that dieters will be able to enjoy a beverage for only 100 calories that will satisfy their hunger and keep it from coming back before the next meal. The idea is to assist the dieter to be able to resist overeating so that calories can be reduced without discomfort and weight can be lost.

The official website for this product calls it both “delicious” and “guilt free”. Every serving of this product provides 16 grams of low fat (2.5 g of fat) protein. As protein is filling and is digested slowly, it means that the dieter is able to keep up a full feeling for a longer period of time.

Customers that have left reviews on the official website have given this product an average of 4.7 stars out of five. Surprisingly, this is exactly the same average review (4.7 out of 5 stars) that the product has scored on Amazon. There, 90 customers have left reviews. That said, the majority of those were not verified purchases, so it is unknown whether those are real reviews or if they are reviews that were left by members of a marketing team – which is a common practice in the nonprescription weight loss industry. If this does represent genuine feedback left by real customers then this means that the product truly is good tasting and satisfying, as it claims to be.

In order to use the Hydroxycut Lean Protein Shakes according to the directions on the package, the dieter is supposed to drink one of the shakes two times every day. Ideally, they should be enjoyed a half hour ahead of the two largest meals of the day. This is meant to help a smaller amount of the meal to be more satisfying, and for that feeling of satisfaction to last longer than it usually would. It is a product that should be served cold, but that does not have to be refrigerated until after it has been opened.

This is a product that is based on dairy ingredients so while it is likely to be well tolerated by the majority of dieters, those who have sensitivities or intolerance to lactose will do well to take precautions with this product or to select something else that might be more appropriate to their needs.

Obalon

Obalon reviewWhile many dieters look to supplements, drugs, or surgery in order to be able to lose weight more quickly and easily without having to take a prescription medication, Obalon has been created to offer an entirely new category for weight loss assistance. Though this product is sold and taken in the form of a type of diet pill, the way in which it reacts within the body is unlike any other substance in today’s marketplace.

Instead of containing chemicals, extracts, or herbs, the Obalon capsule contains a type of balloon. Once the pill is in the stomach, the outer capsule dissolves and its contents inflate like a balloon within the stomach so that the user will start feeling full more quickly from eating meals, and to make sure that the sensation of fullness will continue over a longer period of time. This won’t cause weight loss, in itself, but this type of appetite suppression is meant to make it easier for dieters to be able to adhere to a reduced calorie diet without suffering from feelings of being “starving” that can cause them to overeat.

The Obalon’s design is meant to provide users with a solution that is somewhat similar to that of a gastric band, but in a method that does not require any surgery. At the time of this review, this was not a prescription product, but it was available exclusively in the United Kingdom and still required the dieter to have to consult with a private health care company to ensure that it will be safe and appropriate for the individual. In fact, upon opening the website, there is an initial warning directed specifically to U.S. residents in order to inform them that the website is not meant for an American audience as the product has not been cleared by the FDA.

The official website for this diet product indicates that it is meant exclusively for individuals whose BMI is greater than 27 and who have been having a hard time trying to be able to lose the excess weight.

The health care professionals from the company will monitor a dieter’s progress throughout the entire process in order to make sure that there aren’t any side effects or complications, or that if any should occur, they can be overcome as quickly and easily as possible.

It should also be noted that because of the nature of the product and program, it is considerably more expensive than the average over the counter diet pill.