Weight Loss “Miracles” – What’s Real?

Losing weight, feeling in shape and healthy, is important to most of us, even to the extent of believing in miraculous weight loss methods – weird diets, pills, shakes, etc. It’s easy to be misled and often being misled in weight loss can lead to dangerous results. If you lose weight too quickly, it’s probably going to come back. In fact, a lot of quick weight loss is your body losing water. You’re going to gain this back as soon as you start hydrating yourself again. Rapid weight loss can be dangerous to your body – your heart, your lungs, even your bones can suffer from quick, unhealthy weight loss. Yes, you want to look good in your swimsuit but is it worth endangering your health?

Let’s look at three weight loss “miracle pills” that are floating around out there – what’s real and what’s not?


1PhenQ is considered to be the only weight loss pill on the market (2017) that burns fat, suppresses your appetite and prevents future weight gain – all at the same time! The main ingredients in PhenQ (In-Phentermine-Q) are actually a patented formula called ?-Lacys Reset, combining alpha-lipoic acid and cysteine. These substances help normalize your metabolism, which can help prevent the accumulation of fat in your body. The fact that PhenQ has this formula of three separate weight management substances puts it on the market as the only weight loss pill that claims to:

  • Suppress appetite
  • Slow down the accumulation of fat in the body
  • Help burn more calories

2However PhenQ also has some side effects that are not so desirable:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Unpleasant flavor
  • Not recommended for people with certain allergies

Another complaint is that it’s difficult to sustain the initial weight loss. People reporting positive reviews of PhenQ actually report positive results in energy levels, fiber content and antioxidant properties, NOT weight loss. There is, to date, no solid research on this triple-threat formula and PhenQ only contains 25mg of the main ingredient. Research states you need 1800mg a day of this ingredient to sustain weight loss. Lastly, the cost of PhenQ is prohibitive.

Garcinia Cambogia and Garcinia Cambogia Extra

3The main ingredient in this pill is garcinia, which claims to burn fat, decrease fat production and control the appetite. Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is the ingredient that assists in decreased fat production and storage in your body. Garcinia Cambogia Extra contains 60% HCA, the recommended amount. Another alleged fat buster ingredient is raspberry ketones linked to adiponectin, a hormone that helps to regulate metabolism which, in turn, regulates and controls your body’s percentage of stored fat.

However, studies done on garcinia cambogia do not support these claims of fat burning, elevating mood, preventing fat storage, etc. 4According to Steven Heymsfield, MD, approximately one dozen studies on this substance resulted in negative effects. In 2009 the FDA issued a warning about Hydroxycut, which contains garcinia cambogia, warning about side effects such as:

  • Jaundice
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Liver damage (often requiring a liver transplant)

(5Interestingly, athough Hydroxycut was pulled by its manufacturers, it was re-released as a reformulated product containing NO garcinia cambogia.)

Bexarotene (Targretin)

6This pill was originally used in treating cancer. lt conducts cellular reprogramming, which is said to be a new way of combating obesity and type 2 diabetes. Targretin claims to stop weight gain and burn calories by utilizing metabolism-boosting brown fat. Brown fat cells burn excess energy, reducing the size and numbers of white fat cells. Bexarotene is classified as a retinol, a drug related to Vitamin A.

7On the con side, Bexarotene can induce major lipid abnormalities in most patients. It’s also thought to increase fasting triglyceride. Some of the other serious side effects are:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Liver function test abnormalities
  • Hepatic insufficiency
  • Thyroid axis alterations
  • Leukopenia
  • Cataracts

In conclusion, as always, consult with a medical provider before taking any type of weight loss pill. Don’t believe everything you read, research the pill and find both pros and cons, reviews, etc. Get in shape but stay smart!


1”The Best Diet Pills in 2018 That Work Fast,”  Diet Pills – Lose Weight, Feel Great, https://www.bestweightlosspills.today/

2 “PhenQ Review – 14 Things You Need to Know,”  Summer Banks, https://www.dietspotlight.com/phenq-review/#jump-pros-cons

3“The New ‘Miracle Diet Pill’ that Helps Weight Loss and Gets Your Body Bikini Ready,” Zoe Nauman,  


4,5“Garcinia Cambogia Weight-Loss Pill is No Miracle,” Sue Byrne, https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/03/garcinia-cambogia-is-no-miracle-weight-loss-pill/index.htm

6“Anti-cancer pill ‘could be the next dieting wonder drug to help beat obesity’,” https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/755262/Anti-cancer-pill-next-dieting-wonder-drug-beat-obesity

7“Targretin,”  RX List, https://www.rxlist.com/targretin-drug.htm#medguide


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Post by Andrea Rogers