In the news we have been hearing more and more about diet pills and the industry. Recently diet experts have targeted Michelle Mone for promoting the diet pill called Trim Secrets, a brand which she worked with closely and her daughter now runs.
The problem is that health experts are saying that these diet pills don’t work and the claims people make, especially Mone, are ridiculous.
Who is she?
Michelle Mone is a British entrepreneur and tory who recently took a seat in the House of Lords back in October. She has set up her own business, a lingerie brand called Ultimo, which she has a 20% stake in, and she is the 100% owner of fake-tanning brand UTan.
She has actively endorsed Trim Secrets, a company she helped found. She is said to have quit once accepting the Prime Minister’s offer to become a business start-up tsar.
What is Trim Secrets?
Trim secrets was developed by Jan de Vries, a pharmacist turned naturopath. She spent 5 years developing the product to become an appetite suppressing, metabolism boosting supplement that is combined with the Trim Secrets 5 stage diet plan. Michelle Mone went to Jan de Vries looking for a way to lose weight and claims that, with the help of Trim Secrets, she managed to lose over 6 stone.
It costs £14.95 for a two week supply, which could be very expensive if used for a long time. It claims to be gluten, lactose and caffeine free. However, it contains guarana in the ingredients list, which is 22% caffeine. The diet plan that is coupled with the supplement allows you to eat just 1,500 calories a day.
The website claims that you could lose 1-2 pounds a week, which you could do with just the diet plan and exercise alone, making the diet pills pointless for most people wanting to lose weight.
The new and improved formula contains Maca, a plant that grows in Peru and is used for enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance and memory.
For more information visit our review of Trim Secrets here.
What are the experts saying?
Some argue that following a diet, drinking water and exercising will make you lose weight, without even taking the diet pills.
The BDA have voiced concerns about the content of guarana, which contains high levels of caffeine. A spokesperson said:
Some people will believe almost anything and anyone when it comes to nutrition, food and diet. The truth is if you do want to lose some weight do it by eating a healthy, balanced diet that you can stick to, watch your portion sizes and be physically active.
Source: The Sun
In regards to Michelle Mone promoting the tablets, Aishling Piggot, a spokeswoman for the BDA, said:
Any person in a position of authority should not be advertising this. It’s sending a big message to the whole of the UK, particularly young girls, that they are promoting this cycle of weight loss.
Professor of nutrition at Glasgow University, Mike Lean, said:
She discovered how to make huge amounts of money from ordinary people by selling underwear, which presumably actually had a function. Her diet pills do absolutely nothing.
Source: Daily Mail
He went on to say:
Selling quack weight-loss pills to vulnerable people, who actually need proper evidence-based help from medical services, is out of order.
Trim Secrets is among the BDA’s worst diets of the year.
It seems that this diet supplement won’t do much for you in terms of weight loss and any results you do see will be from the diet plan and exercise you do.
The professionals agree with this view and that promoting such supplements isn’t good for younger people who want to lose weight and will see supplements as the only way to go.
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