If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
~ C. S. Lewis
How Xenadrine works and should you even be taking it. Well, let’s first look at the ingredients in Xenadrine and then discuss how those ingredients work if in fact they do work in weight loss.
TrimSpa developed one of the original xenadrine weight loss supplements on the market. And what happened to TrimSpa you ask? They had to file for bankruptcy – that might give us a hint into the efficacy of these modern snake oil potions.
Originally, xendarine supplements contained ephedra until that was banned in the US, and thank God for that too. Ephedra also known as Ma Huang from its Chinese origins is a herb. What can be so bad about a herb you say? I mean we use them all the time in our foods? Some herbs yes, like thyme and oregano etc.
But just because it is a herb does not mean it isn’t deadly. There are tons of deadly herbs. You might have heard of some of them like hemlock, poinsettia, thorn apple, yellow jasmine, mandrake and laurel amongst many others.
Ephedra can be a deadly herb. Thankfully it is now banned. But it was a key ingredient in xenadrine and one of the main ways in how xenadrine was promoted as working to help you lose weight loss.
Ephedra contains the alkaloids ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. Ephedra seems to work as a weight loss aid (though only very minimally) because it is both a stimulant and a thermogenic. As a stimulant, ephedra makes the brain more active, increases the heart rate, constricts blood vessels (which raises your blood pressure – not good) and expands the bronchial tubes making breathing easier.
As a thermogenic it increases the metabolism by making your body produce more body heat.
Wow, miracle weight loss cure you say. No, not really. Legitimate studies, the ones that aren’t paid for by xenadrine manufacturers or other weight loss pill potion pushers only suggests a very marginal increase in weight loss as compared to a placebo.
If you use it consistently and under recommended conditions you might lose an additional 1 pound per month over someone who just takes a placebo. Not really worth it considering the side effects.
So if you were lucky and you had a healthy body and didn’t succumb to the many horrible side effects you might lose 1 pound more per month. And that’ll cost you what… 50 or more bucks a month. Just say no.
Nowadays xenadrine pill pushers are using other herbal constituents in their weight loss pills like Hoodia Gordonii along with common stimulants like caffeine and theobromine. Hoodia has not been proven to be an effective weight loss aid or appetite suppressant in humans.
Some of the other ingredients you might find in these weight loss xenadrine supplements are green tea, chromium, glucomannan, cocoa extract, vanadium, and glucosamine which do have some marginal effects in helping you lose weight. Still, save your money, buy a good pair of running or walking shoes and get out there and get active and you will have much better success.
Listen, there is a huge marketing and spam campaign being used to dupe you into believing that you can’t lose the weight without xenadrine pills or drops or shakes or whatever else they can get you to buy.
Some of these products might be helpful to a very small extent as suggested above, but no longer is ephedra available and it was probably the most effective appetite suppressant and thermogenic available and its effects were marginal at best.
Hopefully these new herbal concoctions that they come up with will not have the harmful side effects as ephedra had but that is no guarantee. Companies will poison you if they think they can get away with it and make money. You are better off buying sugar pills or placebos than relying on xendarine and other weight loss aids and supplements to get you into the shape you want.
Use your money to eat a whole foods plant based diet and get out and get some exercise. There is no reason that you need the help of fat loss supplements to get into the shape you want. Trust yourself and your body. Eat less than you burn.
But don’t let your money burn a hole in your pocket for unnecessary and perhaps even harmful weight loss snake oil shenanigans.