Carole Tanzer Miller, features editor, writes: What if a pill could trick your body into shedding fat? Would you try it?
That's the pitch fueling the latest weight-loss craze - Raspberry Ketones. This supplement got a big boost on "The Dr. Oz Show" and has been flying off the shelves of local stores ever since.
As Dr. Oz explained it, Raspberry Ketones help regulate a hormone, adiponectin, that tricks your body into acting like it's thin. (That WOULD be a trick with my body!) The upshot: Fat cells actually start giving up their fat.
Thin folks have a lot of this hormone. The rest of us, with more generous proportions, have less of it. The Raspberry Ketones supposedly help maintain a beneficial level of adiponectin so you burn blubber more efficiently. (Dr. Oz called it "The No. 1 miracle in a bottle to burn fat.")
In the interest of sound journalism (and smaller thighs), I invested in a bottle and finally remembered to take one.
Yesterday morning, I popped one pill (which smells faintly of raspberries) and went about my business. Some supplements make me queasy. So far, this has not. I did notice, by dinnertime, that unlike most days, I was actually not famished and craving something to eat right away while I was fixing dinner. And, on Day 2, I've been satisfied with cereal and a banana for breakfast, a Lean Cuisine for lunch and two oranges for snacks. I think my appetite is definitely suppressed.
(You'd have to eat 90 pounds of raspberries to get the same benefits as a day's dose of Raspberry Ketones, according to Lisa Lynn, who appeared with Dr. Oz. Me, personally, I love, love, love raspberries, but think of all the calories, the sugar - and how much THAT would cost.)
Lynn said her clients see results within five days of taking the supplement and bigger results the longer they stay with it. "People get on it and they never want to get off of it," she said.
There's not a pill in the world I'd want to pop forever, but I'll put my 60-day supply to the test and keep track of my weight and appetite and report back.
Said Dr. Oz: "It's worth experimenting with" because it will help your body think it's thin and point it in the right direction, metabolically.
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Have you tried Raspberry Ketones? Tell us how they worked - or didn't work - for you.
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