Weight Loss Supplements: A Scientific View/Review

Note: all the dosages mentioned below are for a 200 pound person. Half as much is suggested for a 100 pound person.

Thermogenic Compounds: Comparing Metabolift TM and Metabolife 356 TM

The following comments are based on references 2, 3, 4, and 6.

Weight lifters have known for years about the "E/C/A stack" to reduce body fat. "E" stands for Ephedrine, "C" for caffeine, and "A" for aspirin. "Stack" means the supplements are taken together so that they can provide a synergistic effect (their combined effect is greater than the sum of the individual compounds). For reasons I'm not sure of (it could be because of restrictions by the FDA or for marketing purposes), diet pills use herbs instead of the isolated chemicals. The manufacturer's reputation is more important for herbs than it is for other nutritional supplements. Some brands do not contain the active chemical(s). The proper portion(s) of the herb (leaf, seed, bulb, fruit, sap, oil, rhizome, runner, stem, trunk, root, bark, and/or flower) should go through an extraction process to get a standardized concentration of the active ingredient(s). In the list below, I've compared Metabolift TM and Metabolite 356 TM. Metabolift TM is made by TwinLab, one of the most popular and reputable supplement manufacturers. Metabolife 356 TM is "sweeping the nation" in popularity mainly due to its aggressive multi-level marketing system. TwinLab has been distributing an almost identical product for years to weight lifters for 1/3 the cost under the names "Ripped Fuel" and "Diet Fuel". Metabolife's marketing has been so successful, TwinLab has recast its products as "Metabolift TM" in order to capitalize on Metabolife's success.

Other Compounds that Reduce Body Weight

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  1. Michael Murray's "Encyclopedia of Nutrional Supplements" 1996 (phenomenal, 1500 references)
  2. Michael Murray's "Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine" 1998 (excellent)
  3. Michael Murray's "The Healing Power of Herbs" 1995 (the best available about herbs with 100's of references)
  4. "Sport Supplement Review" 1998 (a phenomenally good and well-referenced (300) resource for weight lifters) published by EAS (a weight lifter's supplement company). It may still be FREE: Mile High Publishing, Dept 4060, PO Box 277, Golden, CO 80402-0277.
  5. "Disease Prevention and Treatment Protocols" 1998 published by Life Extension Foundation. About 4,000 references. The protocols can be found for free at the phenomenal site www.lef.org.
  6. Nutrition Science News makes great casual reading but is also well referenced and has a search function.
  7. "The Right Dose" 1987 by Patricia Hausman. My primary and double-check reference for determining toxicity of supplements. Loaded with case histories of the results of high intakes.
  8. "The Nutrition Desk Reference" 1995 by Elizabeth Somer and Robert Garrison. My second-best overall supplement book. I use it a cross-check. It's more skeptical than some other sources. Well over a 1000 references.
  9. "How to Live longer and Feel Better" 1986 Linus Pauling. One cannot claim to know very much about health and nutrition unless they've read this book.