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Skinny Fiber Review, Side Effects, Ingredients
Side effects and ingredients in Skinny Fiber including health warnings and risks.
Review of Skinny Fiber
Because Skinny Fiber touts 'expanding 50 times its normal size' in the belly to reduce hunger, this can contribute to stretching OR fullness of the belly. And when the stomach is stretched, it may lead to excessive hunger. One large part of weight loss is shrinking the stomach so that it requires less food to feel full. Skinny Fiber works to fill the belly to stave-off hunger. This alone is not a natural part of weight loss, and particularly in keeping off any lost weight as time progresses.
In addition, one ingredient - Glucomannan should not be taken without your doctor's approval and when taken in excess of four months may cause blockages in the throat and intestines which can prove lethal, or at minimum require emergency medical assistance.
This weight loss fiber supplement is sold by Skinny Body Care. The supplement is also touted to boost metabolism as well as suppress the formation of fat.
Ingredients in Skinny Fiber
Glucomannan, Caralluma Fimbriata, and Cha de Burge - three ingredients which are commonly found in many over the counter and online weight loss supplements. What we have is a trio of ingredients which are not backed by significant scientific research - and which when taken over time may trigger or cause serious health issues.
Glucomannan Overview, Uses, Side Effects
Glucomannan is a water-soluble fiber which expands when subjected to water. Keep in mind that Skinny Fiber is touted to expand 50 times its normal size - so there is a considerable amount of water involved. As a side note, you should never drink mass quantities of water because it can cause an imbalance of your electrolytes, thus leading to serious health issues which require immediate medical intervention. At times, an imbalance in the electrolytes [sodium, calcium, potassium] can prove fatal.
Glucomannan is basically a sugar which is prepared using the root of the konjac plant. In the medicinal world it is used for treating constipation, blood sugar control, lowering cholesterol, weight loss, and type 2 diabetes. In the food world it is used as a thickener or gelling agent.
Possible Effectiveness of Glucomannan include absorption of water in the stomach/intestines for combating constipation, slowing of the absorption of sugar and cholesterol in the gut - which in turn may assist with type 2 diabetes and in reducing bad cholesterol. There is conflicting research in regards to Glucomannan's effectiveness for weight loss. Research does support positive results for constipation, cholesterol reduction, blood sugar levels and in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Scientific research for treating high cholesterol in diabetics was based on 3.6 to 10.6 grams daily.
Be sure to get with your doctor before taking Glucomannan OR any product - including Skinny Fiber which contains this ingredient. While generally safe when used as directed by a professional doctor, it should not be used longer than 4 months. In addition, solid tablets containing Glucomannan pose serious health risks, including blockage of the throat or intestines. Because it interferes with blood sugar, it can cause serious issues for the diabetic and may also cause an unfavorable interaction with diabetic, blood pressure and cholesterol medications. Glucomannan also interacts unfavorably with medications taken orally.
Caralluma Fimbriata Overview, Uses, Side Effects
Caralluma Fimbriata is a cactus plant which is grown wild in India and commonly used in landscaping as a border or shrub. It is also commonly found growing wild in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Southern Europe and parts of Africa. Many tribes of the area were known to chew on chunks of this succulent cactus amid long hunts for food because it kept them from feeling hungry while quenching thirst. In addition, it assisted with increasing endurance levels.
In India, Caralluma is eaten raw or may be cooked as a vegetable as well as used in preserves.
Although this Skinny Fiber ingredient is touted to block the formation of fat in addition to reducing appetite, there isn't current data supporting these statements involving human studies. Scientific evidence does suggest that it may reduce the waistline when Caralluma is taken as an extract over a 60-day period. It may also decrease hunger pains which in turn causes a decrease in calories and fat. However, Caralluma has not been proven to reduce body weight, body mass index [BMI], body fat or hip measurement. Nor has it been proven to quench thirst or increase endurance through scientific research.
While long-term safety is unknown, common side effects of Caralluma include intestinal gas and abdominal upset, nausea, constipation and stomach pain which often subside after a week of use. So on one hand we have the Skinny Fiber ingredient Glucomannan which treats constipation and on the other hand we have Caralluma Fimbriata which causes constipation. The body is confused and disharmony erupts.
Cha de Burge Overview, Uses, Side Effects
Cha de Burge is a tree native to Brazil, Argentina and the tropical forests of Paraguay. It contains caffeine and is often substituted for coffee as a beverage as the fruit is much like a 'red' coffee bean. It is commonly referred to as 'coffee of the woods' or 'cafe do mato'.
Caffeine is used in a number of over the counter and online dieting supplements and is known for it stimulating powers. But in looking at this in reality - there are a number [hundreds of thousands] of heavy coffee drinkers who are many pounds over their recommended body weight. In addition, if you suffer from high blood pressure or heart-related health issues, excess caffeine can trigger serious side effects - such as racing heart, trembling, shaking and panic attacks.
Cha de Burge is a popular ingredient in weight loss products in Brazil. It is commonly used for treating wounds and for healing skin, reducing cellulite, coughing, edema [retention of fluids, generally due to consuming foods high in sodium content], herpes, fever, viral infections, cancers, gout, heart disease - including circulatory issues and heart functioning.
However, there is currently no scientific evidence to support Cha de Burge causes a decrease in appetite - or its effectiveness for other treatments. In addition, Cha de Burge may trigger a serious interaction with lithium because it acts like a diuretic in the body.
The key to losing excess body fat and keeping from returning cannot be found within a bottle. There is nothing magical about losing weight - and frankly, it's far more easier to lose weight than it is to keep it off permanently. While a dieting supplement can assist in curbing appetite - and we're not inferring that Skinny Fiber accomplishes such, based on the lack of scientific evidence, the formula itself isn't responsible for any weight that is lost. The result of lost pounds is due to the decrease in consumed energy [calories].
Our advice is to save your hard earned money and reduce your daily calories which in turn will reduce your waistline and your percentage of body fat/weight without reducing the size of your wallet or bank account.