By Dr. Rick Morris
Well, the holidays just started and I wasn’t terrible on Thanksgiving. At least, it could have been worse. The stuffing and the few samples of desserts probably equaled what I missed by skipping breakfast….Anyway, I’m going to start a serious exercise program the first of the year, and
Maybe I’ll try Cortislim or Trimspa.
Alright… let’s look into these products.
Cortislim claims to control your weight by reducing your body’s cortisol levels. It’s a hormone that lowers your immunity, breaks down your muscles, accelerates aging and raises your blood sugar which can turn into fat!
So, how can I lower my cortisol levels?
The answer: By decreasing stress (physical and emotional) and avoiding prolonged hours of fasting between meals or, If you believe the maker’s of Cortislim, by taking their pill.
Its ingredients include Magnolia Bark (containing Honokiol) an anti-anxiety herb reported to be quite effective in animal studies but still unproven in humans. Cortislim also contains Venadryl and Chromium, which has been shown to help regulate blood sugar and may prevent some of the cravings that comes with blood sugar fluctuation. But to claim that it reduces your cortisol levels and makes you lose weight is a big stretch. So, the FDA sent them a warning to prove these claims. Then, on September 30, 2004, the FTC sued the makers of Cortislim for false advertising and misleading the public. Well, so much for Cortislim.
Trimspa - Ephederine Free
We’ve all seen Anna Nicole Smith lose about 10 sizes as a spokeswoman for Trimspa. She’s on billboards, awards shows and even the Howard Stern Show.
So, what’s in it and does it work?
Trimspa used to be very effective but potentially dangerous. It contained ephedra (Ma Huang), caffeine from Cola Nut, and Guarana, and Willow Bark (the herbal form of aspirin). The combination of ephedra, caffeine and aspirin is a powerful weight loss formula, and was the basis of most “fat burner”. It burned calories, but was like taking Speed. It had a bad side effect of increasing your chances for a heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, and even insanity. So, after a few well publicized deaths, the FDA outlawed ephedra forcing the weight loss industry to find other combinations. So bring in the new Trimspa.
It’s kindler, gentler and less effective. It contains Glucomannan (a fiber source), Vanadium and Chromium (may regulate your blood sugar and decrease your appetite) and Hoodia extract (another appetite suppressant) as well as many of the typical “weight loss” ingredients listed below.
Typical Ingredients Found In Most Weight Loss Pills. Do They Do Anything? What Should I Look For?
So, Once Again, How Do I Lose Weight?
Some of these points you already know and some you may not….
I wish I could tell you an easy way. For most of us, there is none. Have you noticed that most things you’re really proud of and that brought you joy took will power, hard work and some sacrifice? What’s worse is that some of us have to work harder than others. It’s not fair, is it? Yes that’s true, now get over it. Nothings fair. Your victory is the great equalizer.
THE MORRIS SPINAL STENOSIS & DISC CENTER
Rick H. Morris, D.C., C.C.S.P., Q.M.E., A.B.A.A.H.P.
April Hopson, D.C.
1243 7th Street, Suite B, Santa Monica, California 90401
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