Although I come from the point of view of not relying on any “diet pills” to aid me in my weight loss journey (more so for the ones that trap fat so it isn’t digested), who could pass up a recommendation by Dr. Oz to take raspberry ketones to help lose fat?
He said it himself – do not use this as a magic pill – you should still be eating well & exercising. Amen Dr. Oz. Since I’ve been doing the food and exercise thing for over a year now, I thought hey, I could use a little help. Why not?
So I ordered some raspberry ketones online. I made sure I was ordering *just* the ketones and not to buy the pill with the other fillers in it. I was actually surprised they were listed as “in stock” seeming any product Dr. Oz features seems to sell out and be on backorder status for a while after the show airs and I was watching a DVR’d episode weeks behind it had aired.
Once ordered I wait, and wait and wait. Four days after the product was scheduled to arrive, it finally does. What do I notice first? It’s NOT what I ordered. They included this card that said due to the demand of this product, the specific one you wanted may not have been available, so we’ve gone ahead and “upgraded” you to a similar product we think you’ll like. Um, no. They sent me the one with the fillers: things like green tea, African mango & apple cider vinegar (also all things Dr. Oz has mentioned for help with metabolism/weight loss). Not only that, but the quantity was HALF what I ordered, so it was the same price and would last half the time.
Why don’t I want fillers? Besides wanting to know the effectiveness of *just* raspberry ketones has on my fat loss, I’m allergic to green tea. I discovered this a few years ago and tested it a few times to be sure. Whenever I drink green tea I get what I’d call a forehead headache. The muscles tighten and ache just in my forehead just above my brows and it feels like I’d been scowling for hours.
After I rated the company very poorly on Amazon, my curiosity and drive to try the pill any way took over and I only hoped that the concentration of green tea would be low enough not to bother me.
The first day I took 2 pills as directed. I was delighted that I did not get a forehead muscle ache, so I continued on.
In 5 days I lost 4.8 lbs which was the highest weight loss I’ve achieved in a week in 6 years!
And that’s where my good news ends.
Before the week was up, I started feeling very sore all over my body. Sure, I’d been a bit more physically active as my hubby recently gifted me with some outdoor sports items (badminton rackets & birdies, a kickball, Frisbee), but that seemed pretty minor… just running up and down the hill in my back yard, kicking the ball, bouncing on our trampoline (a daily occurrence anyway), tossing a Frisbee and tennis ball. I should not feel *that* achy from that! But man was I sore… my joints ached, my right leg ached (tremendously… wanted to pull a Mrs. Ingalls and cut it off! Wow, does that comparison age me!), arms ached, soreness and stiffness all over. If I sat down for more than 15 minutes, getting back up was hard and painful and I felt every step I took I was so stiff. It seemed like the only way to avoid that was to keep moving, which unfortunately lead to more soreness when I’d finally rest.
It was like adding injury to insult because I’d just had a milestone birthday and the pain started the next day.
So because I was in so much pain, I ended up staying on the couch more which ultimately lead to eating more and wouldn’t you know it, my weight went right back up almost immediately. By the 5th day of pain I think I was up 6.4 lbs. I also found myself extremely moody and with the weight gain, getting really down about it all (also not helping with food choices).
I got so down I decided to quit the raspberry ketone capsules because I thought “why bother? I’m not even trying right now”.
And wouldn’t you know it, less than 24 hours after stopping the pills, my aches and pains just disappeared. For the first day in a week I could live without pain killers and I no longer felt like I was 75 years old.
Holy crap – it was the green tea!
It all made sense… muscle soreness… exactly what I got just in my forehead from drinking it and now I know that apparently digesting it in capsule form made for whole body muscle pain! Bad stuff for me. I am staying away from that FOREVER!
So, long story longer, the raspberry ketones worked, but I can’t finish my bottle due to the other ingredients. If I ever want to try them again, I’d better make the probably 40 minute drive to my nearest GNC or equivalent to find them without the fillers and NOT trust that some online distributor will actually send me what I friggin order!