“ Brand: Boots / Type: Tablets „
Ok, so I guess I was rather desperate. I suppose you have to be, to go around buying diet aids! I am trying to lose weight at the moment, and although I am trying to eat healthily, it can be hard to get motivated when the weight seems to come off so slowly. That's where Boots Alternatives Diet Aid came in. I saw it on a three for two offer so thought, what the hell.
The product can be found alongside other herbal remedies in Boots, near the vitamin aisle. The box is dark green with a picture of a leaf and the name of the product. White text states that the box contains 60 tablets which contain dandelion root, kelp and boldo to help weight loss. There is also the rather obvious statement that the product should be used in conjunction with a calorie controlled diet.
The product should be taken 3 times a day after meals, swallowed with water. Only one tablet per time. An information leaflet inside the packet gives some advice on dieting (basically, avoid fad diets) and explains that the ingredients used have traditionally been used for weight loss because of their effect on the body's metabolism. If you are intolerant to some sugars or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should not take these tablets. They are not expected to cause any side effects, but if you do experience any unwanted effects see your doctor.
So on to the important question - do they work? Well, the obvious problem in taking them in conjunction with a calorie-controlled diet is that if you lose weight, how do you know if the tablets are helping? To make matters worse, I don't weigh myself. I don't believe in scales. I believe that if my clothes are too tight I should lose some weight, and if they are a little loose and I can get into the next size down in the shop, I'm doing well!
I bought two packets and I'm about halfway through the second packet of two. One packet lasts about three weeks on 3 tablets per day, although I kept forgetting to take them so they lasted me a bit longer! I can say for certain that I didn't have any negative side effects with these tablets.
During this time I've been trying to eat more healthily, going to the gym three times a week (which I do anyway), and I can confirm I have definitely lost weight. A dress I had trouble fastening before Christmas now zips up easily and feels looser which is a definite sign! If that wasn't enough my mam said she thought I had lost weight, which is a cast-iron guarantee that I have!
How much of this is down to the tablets? I actually think that they have helped. I have no actual proof of course, but although I have been trying to eat more healthily I haven't always succeeded and the alcohol has also crept in... which leads me to believe that the tablets are having some effect.
The only way to prove this once and for all would be to do a proper controlled scientific study. In the absence of one I'm going to go with my gut instinct and suggest tentatively that they work. They aren't miracle workers but to be fair they don't claim to be.
I'm going to give this product three stars. I can't really give more as I can't be certain of the result, but I feel it would be unfair to give less as I do have a positive feeling about them.
The active ingredients in these tablets are: Dandelion Root Powder 30 mg, Fucus Dry Extract 225 mg and Boldo Dry Extract 135 mg. They also contain Icing Sugar, Sucrose and Sunset Yellow E110. A fuller list of precise ingredients is included on the information leaflet.