Monday, February 22, 2010

'Biggest Loser' Trainer Sued Over Diet Pills

Source: AOL Health (Summary by NIM)

Jillian Michaels, the buff and kick-butt trainer from 'The Biggest Loser' has found herself in a bit of trouble over her new weight loss pills. According to her website, all you have to do is take "Two Capsules Before Main Meals And You Lose Weight… That’s It!" which has resulted in a hand full of law suits this month.

The supplements contain a whack of different ingredients that are meant to suppress appetite so that the individuals taking them end up consuming fewer calories and lose weight. They also contain a number of sources of caffeine, including coffee bean extract, kola nut seed extract and guarana, in order to fight “Diet Fatigue”. But what you won't find on the label is that the pills contain an ingredient called "bitter orange", or so one woman claims as part of her lawsuit. Bitter orange is not considered safe, in fact it is "potentially lethal" as it can cause heart problems in some individuals.

As always, if anyone thinks that taking a couple of pills every day will solve their weight problems, they're mistaken. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight takes more effort than that and involves lifestyle changes including eating right and exercising. Keep in mind, as well that no products of this type are regulated by the FDA, and neither are the claims on the label or on Michaels' website.

To find out more about Michaels' lawsuits, check out the article called "
Jillian Michaels Sued Over Weight Loss Pills" from AOL Health (Feb. 19. 2010).