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Although the Diet Max Patch has been around for a few years, it recently came to my attention. The patch purports to release weight-regulating substances slowly through the skin. The patch elements stimulate the thyroid gland to increase metabolism and activate fat-burning mechanisms.

Diet Max Patch contains impressive sounding ingredients. Fucus Vesiculosus, a seaweed product, regulates the amount of iodine in the thyroid. Thus, it can stimulate the metabolism to burn fat and decrease appetite. It is possibly unsafe.

Garecinia Cambogia, a curry condiment used in appetite suppressants and energy products, has no formal evidence to support its effectiveness. Liver toxicity has been reported with use.

Guarana, a caffeine containing stimulant, can produce many side effects such as insomnia, trembling, hyperactivity, anxiety, and others. Long-term use may result in serious problems. Guarana may counteract several drugs and caution is advised in using.

Menthol serves as a flavoring and has other properties. In non-prescription products, it provides short-term relief of minor throat and mouth irritations.

When a patient asked about the product, a registered dietitian advised her against using the diet patch. The patient decided to try it anyway. On a follow-up visit, the client stated it did not work, and she had ceased to use it. Had she listened to the sage advice of the dietitian, she could have saved her money.

This week I learned about the bite counter. The gadget works something like a pedometer. The manufacturer touts this product as an alternative to food diaries or food recalls. It claims to give more objective data without the hassles of other
methods. Users wear the device like a watch, and wrist motion determines the bite count. The computerized mechanism allows you to set a count-based alarm for a buzzer to cue you to stop eating. Data are transferred to a computer for analysis. For a mere $800 you can have this invention count bites for you and serve as an aid in cutting down food intake.

What are we thinking? Why is it easier to go out and waste money on unproven or expensive products than to spend that same money on needed fruits and vegetables? Wouldn’t a nice bowl of strawberries, blueberries, or peaches be a much more delightful treat?

The next time you find yourself tempted to try the latest cure for your weight problem, go to the produce aisle and select your favorite fruit, savor every luscious bite, and luxuriate over the healthy benefits. Congratulate yourself for enjoying something your body needs instead of falling for a gimmick that could harm your health or at best, waste your money.

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