A NEW rapid weight-loss programme described by health experts as "dangerous" is being investigated by the Irish Medicines Board (IMB).
The IMB - which licenses medicines - is looking into the sale of Lipotrim, a UK-based product that is available in up to 100 pharmacies nationwide.
Lipotrim is the controversial weight-loss programme nicknamed the "no-food diet" as it replaces meals with nutrient-complete formula drinks. After a few days, the body becomes accustomed to the regime and those on the programme no longer feel hungry. Lipotrim does not require a prescription, but pharmacists who stock the product will only sell it to those with serious weight problems.
Nutritionists and eating disorder specialists have warned that the programme - on which slimmers can expect to lose a stone a month - is unhealthy. Gerry Campion of the Marino Therapy Clinic for eating disorders said such "quick-fix" weight-loss products should be approached with caution. "Any kind of dramatic weight-loss is dangerous," said Mr Campion. "The body cannot cope with such a huge change in diet. "I would advise anyone contemplating using this product to be careful."
He said reported Lipotrim side-effects - such as hair-loss, headaches and feeling cold - are symptoms caused by depriving the body of the food it needs. "These symptoms are caused by a lack of fuel and are usually experienced by those who are denying themselves food," he explained.
Dietician Aveen Bannon of the Dublin Nutrition Centre said she would never recommend this kind of diet to a patient. She said the weight reportedly lost by those on Lipotrim is too much, too quickly. "These kind of weight-loss programmes mess around with people's metabolism. The body becomes confused - one moment is is being starved, then the next it is being fed again. "As soon as people return to normal eating the weight piles back on."
The IMB, will look into Lipotrim and assess if the product is making medical claims or has an active ingredient. Products making medicinal claims or containing active ingredients must have a licence before they can be sold on the market. "The IMB's will be handing the matter to its classification committee," said spokeswoman Siobhan Molloy.
However, Valerie Beeson, Lipotrim programme director, said she is confident the IMB will find no wrongdoing. "Lipotrim is not a drug and has no active ingredient. It is completely above board. "Only those people who have serious weight issues need to go on the full Lipotrim programme. "Other people can mix the formulas with food."
Can you let me know where I can get info on this. My friend has started this & has lost a stone & a half in two weeks, shes been sick & tired the whole time but she won't listen to anyones concerns on this. If I had something concrete to give her she might think twice
It was in the Sunday Independent yesterday
thanks mrs moo
Thank Christ for that.
From the minute I heard about this, I was very sceptical. I believe it is meant to be used for seriously and dangerously obese people but the fact was people started using for just a bit of weight loss.
Two women I work with did this and the both of them lost loads of weight (one really needed to and the other not so much). The skinnier one was so ill the whole way through and then ended up being out for 2 weeks after with a bad infection. And she was waaay too thin.
The larger lady has since put back on most of the weight but the other girl stayed on WW after and looks great. She put back a little weight but she needed to. She now tells people not to do it though. She said she had to finish what she'd started (mad, I know) but she was so ill, tired and hungry on it she would never recommend it to anyone.
Really delighted to hear that it is being investigated.
Can you post this in Health & Fitness,as some girls are on it over there and they are not feeling very well at all.
WW is the best way to loose weight,not starving yourself and only allowed to have sachets.
About time for it to be investigated. I can't believe how stupid some people are sometimes when it comes to losing weight.
[quote:1hb7bpfl]About time for it to be investigated. I can't believe how stupid some people are sometimes when it comes to losing weight.[/quote:1hb7bpfl]
I think its more they are obsessed than stupid,its like slim-fast -jesus i just tasted the strawberry one there :roll: done it years ago :oops:
some would do anything to loose weight,but dont realise how harmful they are
I agree that some can be stupid when it comes to losing weight, but i think a lot of it is pressure that they feel they are put under. I have to admit i have probably tried every diet under the sun. I am now attending a dietitian and thats working very well. The weight is coming off slowly but steadily.
This particular weight loss programme is terrible, a girl i know through work was on it and ended up in hospital on a drip she was so sick. Thanks for posting Mrs Moo
well i was on it and i thought it was great!!
I was 16 stone and 5 ft 5, clinically obese the doc said. Idid it for two months and lost over 2 stone. I followed the rules and went back on the refeeding programme after, i have kept that two stone off the reason i went off it was i was getting married and we wanted to try to have kids. Some people think of it as a quick weight loss programme and its not for that maybe thats why these peolple were ill. I was a bit tired for the first couple of days whihc it said i would be after that i was fine. I know loads who have done it and are all ok. The NHS in the Uk treat people who are clinically obese with this diet and there are warnings about it. anyway I just wanted to say my bit so please dont slate me :wink: