Use Diet Supplements with Caution & From Companies You Can Trust

If you’ve ever read my blog you’ll know that fitness and weight loss are of key concern to me.  I’ve been moderately successful with certain programs over the years, but have yet to form a lifestyle that will support and continue that success.  Many times I’ve tried diet supplements to attempt to curb cravings, minimize fat absorption and cleanse my system.  This has not been without it’s risks.


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try a combination pack that contained a cleansing formula and a diet supplement featuring Garnicia Cambogia.  There is no shortage of information and advertising for Garnicia Cambogia on TV and the internet so I thought I’d give it a try.  The herbal cleansing had a formulation very similar to one I had taken about a month ago which I found pleasing and not too harsh.  I’ve never taken GC before.  The detox capsules are to be taken twice a day 30 minutes before meals for no more than 7 days.  The GC is taken 2 per day and there were no restrictions on time of day, before or after meals, but it was noted it contained a fair amount of caffeine.  That to me said it was not a good idea to take later in the afternoon.

I received my box of herbal dietary supplements on a Monday and started taking them Tuesday morning.  Strangely enough though I was taking the cleansing per package directions and drinking plenty of water (so I thought) I didn’t notice any change in my elimination habits.  This went on for 5 days with no significant change in elimination.  I had expected to lose at least 1 pound during this time, but to my horror I had gained 6 lbs. over the 5 days.  Late on day 5 I felt a little crampy and gassy and just figured it must finally be working.  Well, it finally worked.  It worked like I had consumed a quart of Drano it worked so well.  On day 6 I took my first dose of the day only to regret I’d ever touched it to my lips.  The rest of the day I could not stop going to the bathroom.  I tried to eat as mildly as possible – only well cooked vegetables and broth, tea and water.   Distressingly, this did not stop with one day.  This past Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I was the same.  Wednesday morning I thought things were better until after lunch when I was back to the same.  Nearly every afternoon I’ve had to go lie down for a nap because I had no energy and a terrible gut wrenching stomach ache. It’s Saturday, almost a full week since this reaction began, and I’m just now starting to feel somewhat normal.  My stomach still burns and I still experience some abdominal cramping but nothing compared to the violent cramping, nausea and extreme weakness from last Sunday and Monday.  The whole thing was very unpleasant.

I’m not sure if this was an allergic reaction or if the cleansing supplement just got backed up in my system.  At the end of the day Sunday the whole 6 lbs. I’d gained over the previous week were gone.  Since my diet was restricted to mild, non acidic, non fatty foods and giant doses of probiotics I did lose an extra 3 lbs.  Overall, from my starting weight I did lose 3 lbs.  It was not worth all the trouble.

Though I can’t recommend the supplements I can recommend the company.  When I informed them of what happened they immediately told me to stop taking any of the capsules for fear I might damage my health more gravely.  Their representative said my health was more important to them than a review.  This was heartwarming despite my experience with their product.  So, I asked, what their policy is for customers who have a bad experience or don’t lose any weight while using their product.  They responded they have a 100% no-questions-asked money back guarantee.  Nice to know.  The rep said they’ve sold thousands of bottles of their product and never had anyone have an experience like mine.  Unfortunately, there is a first time for everything and it had to be mine.

Sometimes desperation to lose some weight moves us to jump into taking things without the proper research.  We should view our bodies the way we (should) view money – do your research and consider your risks carefully.  Though more money can be made if we lose it in investments that don’t pan out, we only have one life to live.  Medical advances give us the availability of heart, liver, and kidney transplants should we need them but it’s probably not a good idea to abuse or neglect our bodies on purpose to push us to that extreme.  There is no guarantee that any of those procedures will be successful and extend your life.  I have to say I was really worried those first two days that I was sick.  Every organ in my abdomen felt like it was swollen and I had terrible kidney pain.  My thought was “OH GREAT! Did I just tank my kidneys over a weight loss supplement?”  They don’t hurt anymore and my bathroom schedule is back to normal so I’m hopeful that no extensive damage came to my internal organs, but it sure did put a scare in me for the future.

Things to consider:

– Find out what herbs are in the supplement and find out what possible side effects they have.

– Search out testimonials from people who’ve used the herb/supplement and their results both good and bad

– Think about your own health – are you allergic to many foods, do you have a sensitive digestive system, have you ever had heart, kidney or stomach problems in the past?  You may want to pass on combination supplements whose components are foreign to you.

– Your aim in losing weight should be to improve and maintain your health.  Make sure the supplements you choose will help you achieve that goal.

– Stay active, get plenty of rest and drink lots of water whatever your diet and supplement choices are (not everyone will have the same reactions or results)

What is the worst reaction you’ve ever had to a supplement you were taking?

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using The opinions expressed are my own and based on my actual experiences with the product.

27 comments for “Use Diet Supplements with Caution & From Companies You Can Trust

  1. May 18, 2014 at 2:01 am

    How incredibly scary. It is always good to research a company, their ingredients and search for lots of reviews before taking anything as well as talking to your doctor.
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  2. May 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

    All the extra homework to research always makes it worthwhile!
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  3. May 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    There is so much out there as far as supplements. I read labels on everything before I make a purchase. My sister is a Beachbody coach and she highly recommends Shakeology.

  4. May 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    How scary! And it’s important to remember that just because one thing works well for one person, it might not work well for everyone!
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  5. May 18, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I haven’t had bad reactions with supplements, but, I think it’s because I am super careful. I studied and practice holistic healing and research everything completely, including the companies and their track record. I only buy from ones I know. Also, I don’t take any diet supplements because I dislike so many things that they put in them. I strongly believe in the healing power of herbs, but I do not experiment.
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  6. Kait
    May 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Definitely scary — people need to think and research before looking for that easy fix!

  7. May 19, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I’ve never had a reaction like that to a supplement. That’s really scary. I’m glad they supported that you needed to stop taking it!
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  8. May 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    This is so important! People need to be careful of what they are putting in their mouth.
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  9. May 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Ugh, oh no! I’m always afraid of taking supplements because of this!
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  10. May 19, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Wow! How scary! I’m so glad you are over the worst of it. More than anything thank you for sharing with such candor. Too many people get blindsided by their desire to lose weight, and advertisers are so clever with their packaging and claims that it’s so important to do the research. And what your case shows is that everyone responds differently. Worse I think, is that some people might think the kind of response you had is normal and just part of what is to be expected with a cleanse.. and just tolerate it. It’s good to know the company behind the product responded the way they did and ultimately were most concerned about your health.
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  11. May 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I am not a fan of these supplements and definitely steer clear.
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  12. May 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Fortunately, I’ve never had a reaction to any supplements. That would be very scary.
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  13. May 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing your honest experience and constructive criticism along with the company’s response. I don’t really take a lot of supplements so I can’t think of any particularly negative experiences, but I do get an upset stomach easily. I hope you’re feeling better.
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  14. May 19, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I don’t take supplements so no personal experience to add but it is good to know what companies to trust.
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  15. May 19, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Scary! I am glad you and they recognized that you needed to stop taking it. Supplements can be beneficial or dangerous.
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  16. May 19, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I thought it was just me, but Garnicia Cambogia didn’t work for me either. I actually GAINED weight. Needless to say, I stopped Garnicia Cambogia.
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  17. May 19, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    That is so scary. When I hit about 24 after my first son was almost 2, I wanted to take diet pills but soon learned diet was best. Now I never take anything besides a few vitamins and probiotics.
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  18. May 19, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    This is a such an important post! I believe that there are legitimate herbs and supplements that can safely help you lose weight by ridding your body of toxins or providing more complete nutrition for your body.
    Finding a quality product and a quality company are important.
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  19. May 19, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I don’t take any supplements without checking with my doctor first.
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    • May 20, 2014 at 9:20 am

      A doctor’s advice almost killed my mother so I don’t trust them implicitly either.

  20. Shell Feis
    May 20, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I’m glad the company was understanding when the product didn’t work for you! So many companies (especially diet aids) are just about the bottom line. Sorry you had such a bad experience, hope you’re feeling better now!

  21. May 20, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Thankyou so much for such an honest review…really! This happened to me on that Javita coffee. I had gotten a sample, not for a review, but form a friend and I was so so sick. I would never recommend it to anyone.
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  22. May 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Oh no, feel better! There are a lot of supplements out there that do not do what they say they do!
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  23. May 20, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    How scary! I love that you gave a completely honest review!

  24. May 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I took these supplements and saw no results, but I didn’t change my lifestyle either. I also didn’t take the cleanse part, so I didn’t have the side effects you suffered.
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  25. May 26, 2014 at 1:04 am

    I don’t recall every having a reaction to a supplement I’ve taken before. But I have had a lot of duds claiming they’d do this or that and I didn’t notice any change at all. Waste of money those were.
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