Pros: When taken regularly limits your food consumption
Cons: Should only be used as directed or adverse reactions could result
The Bottom Line: A dietary supplement that suppresses your appetite
Ever since I hit the forty-age mark two years ago the pounds have been steadily increasing. A few months prior to this main event in my life I got my computer and my kids were passed the age of riding in strollers. I became stagnate, sitting on my duff exploring the world of the internet, as my snacking continued. When my children were smaller we lived in a residential neighborhood that consisted of apartment buildings lined along the blocks we would stroll along.
We moved to a rental house in another town where there were no apartment buildings, only houses. I would say the majority of these houses also had dogs behind fences that frightened my children as well as myself so we ceased the healthy walking habits we so enjoyed. I got tired of drinking the slimfast shakes with no real visible results and wanted something to help me stop the munching on cookies and pretzels on a daily basis.
Over a year ago I met someone that I started seeing and discussed often how I wanted to lose weight and fat while changing my eating habits. When we first got together he had been taking Twinlab Diet Fuel and I noticed immediately when he stopped the difference in his pace and personality. His dosage made an impact when it came time for intimacy as well. I am not sure if this affects the performance of the majority of men who take this, but from personal experience this initially put a temporary damper on our encounters until a prescription for Viagra was secured.
The jar of Twinlab Diet Fuel arrived at my house for my consumption since he no longer liked taking it. This is sold in various sizes such as 120 and 180 and in other formats besides the capsules. When I opened the jar the stench from these was overpowering and I wondered how I would get myself to swallow them. I recalled back to the prenatal vitamin days and realized I could swallow these as well. The capsules remind me of the ones I tried for St. Johns Wort a few years back.
The jar has a sticker from GNC showing this sold for $29.99 and has an expiration date of 09/03 on the side label. The following day after receiving close to a full bottle of capsules I decided to start my regimen. I quickly read the directions and started with three capsules that morning. WOW I did not eat a thing all day as I had no appetite but was buzzing around my house non-stop in a cleaning frenzy. When he stopped by that evening he explained to me that I should not take the full three the first time, so I soon learned! I had mixed feelings because I had absolutely no hunger pangs, passed by a container of chocolate cookies all day long and could not get myself to even open it and have one. I was not even thirsty but did consume water through out the day. I can still recall looking at the clock at ten PM and still not feeling hungry.
The next day I forced myself to have some toast before taking one capsule. The directions state to take three capsules three times a day, but when you first begin Twinlab Diet Fuel to do one-third the recommended dose, learning how your body responds and your tolerance level before adding more capsules through the day. This is to be taken before breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as combined with a low-fat diet and exercise.
Nine capsules are the maximum you can take in any given day, plus this should not be continued for more than twelve weeks. I have taken Twinlab Diet Fuel over the course of the past year several different times. I took several months off from using the capsules and each time I start back up again I have to do it slowly. With just one capsule in the morning I can go the entire day without eating. Then the next day I can take two and add another one around lunchtime. When I am not consistent due to feeling too jittery the first day I end up eating right away the next morning. Just last month I spent about two weeks on the Twinlab Diet Fuel and the next morning after starting up again I was at Jack in the Box drive through having a double cheeseburger with bacon, this at 9:30 AM.
My therapist comes over every week and noticed the change in me when I was taking the Twinlab Diet Fuel. She read through the ingredients and told me I was taking herbal speed (Guarana Seed Extract) and also assured me I could not be ADHD, after I had explained to her how the Twinlab Diet Fuel made me feel. I shared with her how much cleaning and organizing I was able to do while not having any hunger pains. It seems anyone who is ADHD would not be as active as I was when they take Twinlab Diet Fuel or other comparable diet supplements.
I could not recall from last year just how long the capsules take to start working, so I made the mistake of not taking any until about ten PM. Finally I noticed a remarkable change in my eating habits an hour or so later the first day. I decided that the directions mentioning to take before breakfast were for a reason. I did not feel comfortable though taking any capsules if I had some errands to do in the morning after dropping off my kids at school. On those days I would take the capsules once I returned home, have a handful of cookies and then wait for the Twinlab Diet Fuel to kick into overdrive.
I have asthma and can compare the feeling I have when the capsules start to work to a similar feeling I have had earlier in my life when I went to the Doctor for shots. It is almost like an electrical charge has zapped my body and I immediately find something to tackle inside my house to keep me occupied. I got in the habit of having cinnamon toast after taking two capsules of Twinlab Diet Fuel and then jump on my trampoline for about ten minutes. I did not dare step into the kitchen because I would go straight for the cookies. Every day when I sit down to watch a daytime drama I grab a bag of pretzels and without even being hungry I consume while watching. This has been a habit I could not shake, but once I started back on the Twinlab Diet Fuel I was no longer hungry for salty foods. I did have to take another capsule or two around lunchtime otherwise I would have a small appetite for munchies. This is once I had been taking the Twinlab Diet Fuel for a couple days.
My appetite was no longer as suppressed unless I took doses of capsules through out the day. I did not like taking them later in the afternoon because it kept me up longer than I wanted to so I would take my last one around 2 or 3pm and this would leave me hungry at 9 PM. I ended up keeping my nightly bowl of ice cream regimen going and did manage to lose three pounds. Last year when I was taking the Twinlab Diet Fuel more regularly I lost one pant size and was able to fit back into some jeans. At the time I did not have a scale, but did notice I was not continuing with my weight gain. Also two employees at the grocery store, a teacher and another parent commented that I was losing weight. I considered having sex part of my regular exercise plan as well!
In the past two weeks I have had some issues to tend with my ex husband and did not want to be taking the Twinlab Diet Fuel at the same time this emergency situation was happening. In case of an emergency I wanted to be alert and since my therapist was concerned and could tell a difference in my disposition I did not want this to be observed by others. I do feel more in control when not taking the capsules and wanted to be mentally fit along with eating regularly.
Now I have about twenty capsules left and trying to decide if I want to go through the jittery stage the first day of taking the Twinlab Diet Fuel. There are some days that I just want to sit and vegetate for awhile, watch a television show without re-arranging rooms, organizing shelves and creating projects for myself with the added spark brought on by the capsules.
I feel like I have to explain myself when taking the Twinlab Diet Fuel because I am more hyper than usual and cannot sit still or stay on one task. The end result was not as I had hoped for, and I cannot stay consistent with the directions of taking this three times a day. Just a week or so ago the weather here in Southern California hit over the hundred-degree mark three days in a row, making it unbearable in our house that has no air conditioning. I drank several sixteen ounce bottles of water those days, and feel I would not have if I had taken the Twinlab Diet Fuel. I did not really suffer dry mouth when taking the capsules, but felt no need to quench my thirst either. The times I did try to see if I could eat some pretzels they just did not taste the same, for I had lost my appetite.
Guarana Extract contains caffeine and should not be taken by those who want to avoid caffeine when dieting. In this bottle of 120 capsules are forty servings based on three capsules three times a day. The daily percentage value is based on three capsules. Magnesium is 7g, Chromium is 200 mcg, Potassium is 21 mg, MaHuang Extract is 334 mg (standardized for 20 mg ephedra alkaloids), Guarana Seed Extract 909 mg (standardized for 22% caffeine), Citrimax 500 mg, L-Carnitine 100 mg. The other ingredients consist of Thermogenic and Herbal Blend base containing Green Tea Leaves, Ginger Root, Citrus Bioflavonoids Complex and Coyenne, Gelatin, Cellulose, Purified Water, MCT, Magnesium Stearate, Silica.
According to the website of Twinlab:
Diet Fuel Capsules are designed to not only help people reduce fat and lose weight, but help tone muscle too. Our thermogenic formula helps increase the rate at which your body burns fat to promote weight loss naturally.
Thermogenisis is the process by which your body produces heat to increase your metabolism.
Read all warnings and follow directions prior to use
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.
This product contains ephedrine group alkaloids in the form of herbal extracts and may not be for everyone. Read the labels and follow directions before use.
This is not intended for persons under the age of eighteen, those who are pregnant or nursing or if you are at risk for high blood pressure. For anyone being treated for high blood pressure, heart, liver or thyroid diseases, diabetes this is not recommended. Those who suffer from anemia, depression or psychiatric disease, anxiety, seizure disorders or strokes are not to use this product.
It would be best to consult your health care provider before taking this or any other diet supplement. There are also warnings for anyone who uses a MAO inhibitor or other prescription drugs. If you experience nervousness, dizziness or sleeplessness, tremors, headache, heart palpitations or tingling sensations when you have been taking the Twinlab Diet Fuel let your Doctor know and discontinue using.
The maximum recommended dosage of ephedrine for a healthy adult human is no more than 100 mg in a twenty-four hour period and not more than the twelve weeks already mentioned. A low-fat diet and exercise program are encouraged as well.
I personally would not purchase this in hopes of losing weight, but when given the opportunity to try the product I jumped on it enthusiastically. If I were ten years younger and not the sole caretaker for two autistic kids I would without hesitation take three capsules three times a day and get rid of the extra pounds, probably in under eight weeks. I feel at this point in my life I cannot commit to this and have no real exercise program in place to stabilize myself once the weight loss would be achieved.
I still think this is a worthy product for the right individuals to use within a structured schedule including consistency and regular eating and exercise. I have been using the Twinlab Diet Fuel sporadically over the past year and have seen small hints of progress through out, but ultimately I stop midstream and dread starting the first day again, thus the pattern of on and off has resulted.
I had bursts of energy that I felt at times I could not control and did not want to operate my vehicle while taking the Twinlab Diet Fuel the first day or so. In the end I did not think this contributed to a healthy eating habit for myself and caused me to eat more the next day. Consistency is the key for this product. For women you might also experience an increase in your sex drive.
Pros: Lowers cravings slightly, lots of nutrients Cons: Not really that effective in boosting energy The Bottom Line: If you want to lose weight, get serious about it and exercise, pills such as this just aren't that effective. I have been an active duty Air Force Unit Fitness Program Manager for quite some time now. During that time, I have been through numerous classes on a variety of different aspects of health, from … more
Diet Fuel Capsules are designed to not only help people reduce fat and lose weight, but help tone muscle too. Our thermogenic formula helps increase the rate at which your body burns fat to promote weight loss naturally. Promotes Fat Reduction, Weight Loss Aide, Helps Preserve Lean Muscle Mass.