This year seems to have flown by for a lot of people and there was a countless number of products that we reviewed, some good and some bad. It’s been our job to make sure that they were suitable to help you with your weight loss journey, but there were a lot that didn’t make the cut, with some just missing the mark.
Looking back there were a few that stood out, for various reasons. We covered some major incidents, such as the diet pills that resulted in a young woman’s death and how celebrities are still endorsing bogus claims about diet supplements.
Here in this post we will review the year of 2015 and tell you everything you need to know going into the New Year.
What we saw a lot of:
Looking over what we have reviewed it is easy to see the trends that manufacturers have been focusing on, with so many products containing the same ingredients. Here are the biggest ones of 2015.
This is a trend that not only happened in 2015, but was also carried over from 2014, with celebrities using instagram to advertise the fact that they were trying them out and the effects they seemed to create. Manufacturers were churning out products like no tomorrow to try and keep up with the craze.
One thing we noticed about almost every teatox was how similar they were to each other and how they nearly all contained laxatives to help you “cleanse.” We feel that using laxatives is never the best way to lose weight, especially when it is water weight you are losing and not actual fat.
We all know that laxatives are used to treat constipation, but using them for a long time can be dangerous, sometimes resulting in health complications. Laxative abuse results in a disturbance of electrolyte and mineral balances, which are needed for the proper functioning of the nerves and muscles. As well as this it will cause dehydration, which comes with weakness, blurry vision, fainting, kidney damage and death in extreme cases. Not only that, but using them too much means that you will have to rely on them for your body to function properly and you may have irritable bowel syndrome.
The good thing was that there were a few products that didn’t contain any laxative ingredients and it was a refreshing change. We wrote an investigation on Teatoxes to figure out what they actually did, what the common ingredients are throughout some products and what effects in will have on your body. Click here to read more.
Green Coffee Bean:
Supplements containing this ingredient in either the name, or as one of many in a product, seem to be popular for a lot of people. There have been claims made that suggested it boosted metabolism and helped to burn fat. However, there is hardly any evidence to prove that this is true and it only became popular after it was mentioned on the Dr. Oz show in 2012, where he claimed you didn’t need to use it with exercise or a diet.
Quite simply, green coffee beans are coffee beans that haven’t been roasted, the process of which reduces the amounts of chlorogenic acid, a chemical that is thought to have health benefits. Based on the limited amount of research that has been done it is said that there are hardly any side effects when taken in appropriate doses.
Like with the teatox supplements we investigated the ingredient further to find out what it was all about. Click here to read more.
This ingredient, just like Green Coffee, has been featured in a lot of products since its claims were made to the world, even if there isn’t any clinical evidence to support this. Raspberry ketone is a chemical from red raspberries that is a natural phenolic compound, which simply means that it gives berries their scent. In the past they have been used in foods, cosmetics and perfumes, but now they are being used for weight loss. How did it make this jump? Like green coffee bean, raspberry ketones were featured on the Dr. Oz show which claims it is a “miracle” even when there is no scientific evidence for these claims.
People believe that the ingredient can help to increase metabolism to lose weight, but there is no way to know if it is fully safe to take as a supplement. However, that doesn’t stop numerous amounts of manufacturers putting it into their product. Read our investigation to find out more about this ingredient.
Throughout 2015 there seemed to be so many products that contained Garcinia Cambogia, either on it’s own or with a bunch of other ingredients. The latter is more likely to have an effect on weight loss as products with more ingredients have a higher chance of affecting weight loss.
It seems that when someone claims that an ingredient has magical effects on weight loss everyone jumps onto the bandwagon to make a profit. What we found with Garcinia Cambogia was that there needed to be a certain amount in the product before it could even be considered effective. Most products never reach this level, so in reality you are giving away your money and getting nothing in return. There are some products containing this, however, which do reach the limit and have had many users report an improvement in weight loss.
Like with other common ingredients, there will need to be more clinical studies taking place to prove these effects. Read our investigation here to learn more.
What were some of the worst things we’ve seen:
You might remember back in the first half of the year all the controversy surrounding the Protein World advert asking if you were “beach body ready?” paired with the picture of a very slim woman. So many people were offended by the advert, stating that it set an unrealistic standard for women in the world and is the reason why teenagers develop eating disorders.
The views were that strong on the subject that there was a protest in Hyde Park and an online petition which gained over 70,000 signatures to ban the images. The adverts on the Tube around London were eventually taken down, even though the product owners claimed the advert was to supposedly make the nation healthier. You can read more about the topic here in our investigation.
The one thing that was by far the worst to happen in the diet industry was a certain story that has been publicised since in happened in April. 21-year-old Eloise Parry died due to taking a slimming tablet containing Dinitrophenol (DNP), a chemical often used as a pesticide. The FDA issued a statement in 1938 that said DNP was extremely dangerous and not fit for human consumption.
Unfortunately, Eloise Parry hasn’t been the only person to die from taking these tablets and her mother is now on a mission to get the substance banned everywhere. Read our investigation here to find out more facts.
What we added to our approved list:
This year we were able to approve two more products, which will be added to our expanding list of supplements we think will help you to lose weight effectively when coupled with a healthy lifestyle. Visit our approved page to see what makes a diet supplement worthy to be approved.
This supplement is created in the UK and comes with a diet plan and money back guarantee, a must if you are looking to make the weight loss permanent and safe. When looking at the product there were a lot of things we liked, one being that it looks like a weight loss supplement that will be effective when taken with a healthy lifestyle, offering the boost you need to make the weight stay off for good.
They were very clear about what the supplement contains and although it wasn’t easy to find all the information at first it is there, along with the ingredient quantities. If you are not satisfied with your result you can easily get 100% of your money back within 30 days. All this and more made us think this is worth a try.
Read our review in full here.
Garcinia Cambogia Extra:
This product contains ingredients that we talked about previously and what we liked about this product was that it came with a money back guarantee, something not many products have, which will allow you to see for yourself if this ingredient works with no risks.
We like when we are unable to find any issues with the company that creates the supplements and a 60-day guarantee is more than enough to try this product. Garcinia Cambogia itself is a safe ingredient and this is one of the best products we’ve seen containing it.
Read our review in full here.
Maxi Nutrition Thermobol:
While this product isn’t exactly new to us it used to be called Maxi Muscle Thermobol, which we approved, and when we heard they had changed the name we wanted to know if anything else changed. But once we looked at this product we decided that our opinion would remain the same, that this product is safe and no-risk as it has a 40-day money back guarantee.
Read our review in full here.
What to look for in the New Year:
Recently we have been investigating Nootropics, supplements that are said to improve cognitive ability, and we feel that they could even be beneficial towards losing weight. We decided to do an investigation looking at every aspect of the supplements to let you know how they work, what they are used for and how many types there are.
We even went as far as to investigate one of the classes, Racetams, to give you some more details just in case you decide to try them out, which a lot of people are now doing.
In the New Year we are looking to start reviewing some of the nootropics products that are being sold, and there are a lot as we have found out, so you can get a better feel for the industry.
The best diet pills to use in the New Year:
We all know that around this time of year we’ve gained a few more extra pounds (unless you were extremely careful) and you’ll want to get rid of them as soon as possible. Of course, nothing can be quite as good as healthy eating and exercising, but there are a few things that can help make it easier for you. We always suggest looking at our approved diet pills page to help you choose the right diet supplement for you personally, as they are the ones we find to be the most effective.
The diet pill you choose must aim for these points:
- The manufacturers must be reputable, with details ready to provide proof.
- The product must do what the manufacturers say it does.
- The ingredients should be safe for consumption and have ben tested.
- The product must not product any side effects.
- Products must have reviews listed to prove whether the product worked for other people.
- A money back guarantee will be offered to unsatisfied customers.
If a product can do all these things then we will gladly suggest taking it to help with your weight loss journey. If we had to choose a top three for you to use it would have to be:
- Superfruit Slim
- Maxi Nutrition Thermobol
We wish you good luck with your weight loss goals and hope that with our help and advice you can do so safely, with the best help you can get. Keep an eye out for more to come in the following year.
Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.