Promising a more effective way to deliver weight loss ingredients, Secret Diet Drops are to be taken with a strict low calorie diet plan. We ask if it’s the low calorie diet or the diet drops working to lose those excess pounds? We decided to look further into Secret Diet Drops.
UPDATE: In 2016, Secret Diet Drops was found to be a fake weight loss supplement. The owners, Helen Buchan and Carol Wiseman, had to pay a £9000 fine and given 180 hours unpaid work in the community as an alternative to jail. Source
We just couldn’t ignore the number of concerned consumers who wanted us to take a look at this. There are a number of diet drops now on the market and Secret Diet Drops doesn’t stand out to be any different.
Manufactured by Secret Diet Drops Limited who are registered in Aberdeenshire in Scotland, with the company having been trading since 2011. The official website is fairly poor and is somewhat lacking in information on some of the pages. The “about us” page is particularly poor, with a pithy statement as to why women should give the supplement a try – nothing on who is behind Secret Diet Drops!
On the plus side, the company address is clearly displayed on the website along with a telephone number and email address.
So what is the “secret” protocol?
Well firstly it’s important to realise that the diet drops aren’t some magic potion that work on their own. A low calorie diet plan needs to be strictly followed and care taken to ensure you’re sufficiently hydrated by drinking plenty of water each day (around 2-3 litres per day). When we say strictly followed we really mean it, such that raw ingredients need to be weighed. Make no mistake these “diet protocols” aren’t easy to follow!
To help you though, the official site has a handy selection of 19 Secret Diet Drop recipes that give you an idea of the type of meals possible on this diet plan.
As is typical with liquid diet drops the diet plan is called a “protocol” and is split into distinct phases, each requiring different calorie intake. See our Secret Diet Drops diet protocol below for more information on this.
We’re mentioned already a few times the diet protocol. So what is it?
Well the Secret Diet Drops Diet Phase is split into three parts; the loading days, the diet and lastly the maintenance phase.
Loading Phase (2 days): You can eat anything you like during these 2 days, including high caloric foods like takeaways, confectionery snacks and alcohol (not too much though!).
Diet Phase (43 days): This is where you start the diet in earnest. The guidelines are strict with adherence to the diet plan important for results to be seen.
At breakfast time it looks like you’re only allowed to have tea or coffee with little milk and no sugar.
Lunchtime you’re allowed some food and can choose one 100g of meat or fish with one type of vegetable. As well as ensuring you stick to just 100g when weighed raw, no oil or butter is permitted for cooking and so it must be boiled or carefully grilled.
At dinnertime you should eat the same as for lunch.
Snacks are allowed but just 2 per day and consist of an apple, orange, few strawberries or half a grapefruit.
You also take 15 drops three times per day.
Maintenance Phase (6 weeks): Once you have finished the drops you spend 3 weeks increasing calorie intake to between 1,500 and 1,800 calories per day. The diet becomes less strict allowing you to introduce fruit and vegetables.
The remaining 3 weeks you can gradually introduce flour, rice, bread, pasta and potatoes into your diet.
This whole “protocol” is old hat and based on a completely discredited physician called Dr Albert T. Simeons. He created a technique whereby patients were injected with hCG (human chrorionic gonadotrphin) and forced to undertake a very low calorie diet.
This diet was called the “protocol” and a whole industry was built up to fleece unsuspecting victims out of million of dollars over the years. This was back in the fifties and despite being outlawed by the FDA it was again resurrected by another notorious scammer called Kevin Trudeau.
He was eventually fined $5 million for the scam by the US Judicial system and forced to stop making any claims around liquid diet drops and “protocols.”
Despite all this some manufacturers have continued the misconceptions and confusion over “liquid diet drops” and “protocols”.
This is why we are always concerned when we see the two together, because there is no clinical evidence that any diet drop based supplement and a “protocol” can work we would rather go with the experts.
The manufacturer claims this supplement is “straight from America” and is the…
The Secret Protocol of the Rich and Famous
But that’s not all; they claim it’s the “Secret protocol they don’t want you to know about!”… Exactly whom they mean we can only guess!
Further increasing the hype around this supplement, the manufacturers claim…
The diet drops have been revolutionary in treating obesity.
Lastly the good news for those consumers looking to reduce heavy alcohol consumption, the manufacturers claim…
Such dieters say that they do not feel the need to drink. This may in part be due to the euphoria which SDD produces and in part to the complete absence
All impressive claims but without ANY evidence presented to back any of them up then we would take them with a pinch of salt. In particular a product that is “revolutionary in treating obesity” would not be being sold on a poorly built website, it would be worth billions and would be plastered all over the media.
All in all there are 22 active ingredients in each Secret Diet Drop. These include a number of amino acids, superfruits and other weight loss ingredients seen in other supplements. There is no indication of the amounts used and so it’s impossible to know if sufficient quantities exist to trigger any weight loss effect!
Here are the listed ingredients from the official site:
L-Carnitine, L-Omithine, L-Arginine, L-Glutamine, Tryosine, Tryptophan, Beta-Alanine, Chromium, African Mango, (irvingia gabonensis), Grapefruit Powder, Green Tea Leaf Extract EGCG, Glycyrrhizin Extract, Panax Ginseng, Maca Powder Extract, Grapeseed Extract Pyruvate, Blue Green Algae, Ginger Root, Guarana, Garcinia, Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng), Capsicum.
Now, no further information is given for how these ingredients are supposed to work.
If you’re looked at other diet supplements before then some of the ingredients may be familiar. We’re written about most of these elsewhere on the site, here are a few of the promising ingredients worth noting:
This supplement requires following a VERY STRICT diet regime that involves abstaining from alcohol, daily weighing and taking up to 45 drops each day.
Whilst there is an indication of the ingredients used in the drops, you’re required to take the word of the manufacturer that sufficient amounts are used and that using diet drops is more effective than taking weight loss ingredients any other way.
The diet protocol won’t be easy to adhere to; even the manufacturers highlight themselves that the diet plan isn’t easy…
Don’t be thinking about the hard ship of the diet plan.
The manufacturer mentions no side effects but it’s important to highlight that strict low calorie diets aren’t for everyone. Side effects can be associated with low calorie diets such as fatigue, constipation, nausea, and diarrhoea.
For more information please visit WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/diet/low-calorie-diets
Caution: Consumers should avoid taking this supplement if pregnant or a breast-feeding mother, have a body mass index (BMI) under 18.5 and are under 18 years of age. The very low calorie diet protocol is not for everyone and you’re recommend to check with your doctor first.
The official site has one of the most impressive list (we counted 80 reviews in all) of “before” and “after” testimonials we have seen on a diet supplement site. And unusually for this industry they appear to be genuine pictures and not copied from another site!
We have no way of checking how genuine the reported weight loss figures are.
Although some consumers have reported on a couple of forums that the drops have worked for them, the general consensus is that it’s the strict diet and not the drops that cause the weight loss.
The simple answer is, IF you follow the very strict diet plan then you should lose weight. Any weight loss will be through eating fewer calories and not down to the diet drops at all.
In terms of the drops helping the strict diet plan more manageable, again there is no evidence to support this claim.
There is no information about the ingredients at all on the official website, instead you have to rely on blind faith that these work. On top of this the amount of ingredients in each drop is a mystery and so its impossible to tell how effective the drops will be.
If you were tempted to try Secret Diet Drops we would recommend speaking to your doctor first to ensure such a regime is suitable for you.
Diet drops can be fairly expensive so it’s worth noting that Secret Diet drops are one of the cheapest diet drops on the market costing £35 per bottle. Included with each purchase is an information booklet and access to the Facebook group.
Delivery costs also apply from £3.50 to the UK and £4.00 to the Ireland and the rest of the world.
The return policy is that only unopened bottles can be refunded within 28 days of the purchase date. Faulty products are replaced at no cost to the consumer. We would add that under the Distance Selling Regulations you are able to get a full refund of any product within 7 days as these are your statutory rights under UK law.
We have seen a fair number of diet drop supplements in the last 12 months, all of which we have rejected.
Secret Diet Drops are one of the cheapest on the market and have some impressing looking testimonials on the official site; the fact is it’s most likely the strict diet that is causing the weight loss seen. Don’t be fooled, the diet regime won’t be easy and if you have the will power to follow it, then you could simply follow a similar diet without the drops.
Following a very low calorie is not for everyone with medical opinion urging caution if you intend to adopt such a diet. The manufacturers even recommend speaking to your doctor before starting the very low calorie diet.
The lack of a full ingredient profile and clinical evidence to support the claims made by the “diet drops” means that we reject Secret Diet Drops.
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