So we were talking about losing weight, me and the Missus (one of our favourite topics) ... so I surfed the Net.            

>That's the required exercise?
Pay attention. I looked at a host of weight loss pills and decided upon Apidexin.
You take two pills each day for a month: one before breakfast and one before lunch.
However, for the first three days (that's 72 hours, eh?), you also take Detoxufree72.
Three pills before breakfast and three before lunch.
With each dose you drink lots of water ... like 12 ounces.

>Mamma mia! With all those pills and water you should have little appetite. Is that the idea?
Uh ... not exactly.
The Detox pills (used within 72 hours) supposedly give your weight loss regimen a kick-start.

>So how does it work ... for you?
I just started taking the pills. I'll let you know when my month is finished.

In the meantime I googled to find out what's in them thar pills.

Dandelion Root
(1250 mg)
Included in many diet pills.
Dandelion root contains an abundance of nutritive salts that make it useful as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments.

The medicinal use of dandelion root dates back to at least tenth century Arabia... used to treat liver conditions.
It contains a bitter juice thought to energize the body. It also has properties that can detoxify the body and purify the blood.

People with liver ailments can take it to induce the flow of bile from the liver (helping to detoxify the body).

(250 mg)
Buchu is commonly used to treat headaches and bladder infections.
Native to South Africa, the name derives from a Hottentot word.
Its medicinal use (as a tea) extends to digestive tonic, diuretic, kidney tonic, urinary antiseptic and uterine stimulant.

It's also used for arthritis, bed wetting, bladder stones, bloating, cystitis, edema, flatulence, gonorrhea, gout, hypertension, incontinence, indigestion, kidney inflammation, kidney stones, nephritis, prostate gland disorders, prostatitis, pulmonary edema, respiratory disorders and urinary infections.

Buchu also helps to normalize blood sugar levels -- primarily it helps to prevent rapid falls in blood sugar levels (Hypoglycemia).

Milk Thistle
(250 mg)
Milk thistle has been used for 2,000 years as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, particularly liver problems.
Substances in milk thistle (especially a flavonoid called silymarin) protects the liver from toxins.

Early laboratory studies also suggest that active substances in milk thistle may have anti-cancer effects. These substances appear to stop cancer cells from proliferating.

All parts of the milk thistle are said to be edible, and has long been used for food in the Mediterranean countries.

>Love that Buchu! It's good for everything!
Yes. Some user reviews suggest that they lost weight with the Detoxufree72 alone -- without the Apidexin.

>But aren't they taken together?
Yes, for the first three days ... that's what the manufacturers recommend. But people do their own thing --- like three days with the Detox, then start the Apidexin.

>So what magic ingredients does Apidexin have?
I'm glad you asked:
FucoxanthinFucoxanthin - obtained from Japanese Wakame seaweed.
It's thought to be one of the first types of marine vegetation originating on the planet over one billion years ago.

Some scientific studies suggest that a pigment in this seaweed found in the form of a carotenoid called Fucoxanthin, may hold answers to targeting and reducing abdominal fat.

It has thermogenic properties that can help increase the body's metabolic rate.
It may support healthy liver function, an important factor in weight management since the liver promotes the efficient utilization of fat and facilitates the removal of cholesterol by-products from the bloodstream.

According to Kazuo Miyashita, leader of the study funded by the Japanese government:
"Since the abdominal area contains abundant adipose tissue, the compound might be effective at shrinking oversized guts."

Razberi-KRazberi-K, also known as 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl) butan-2-one, is a ketone unique to raspberries.

Raspberries contain many bioactive constituents beneficial for health.
One particular constituent appears to have the potential to support body fat reduction.

In a recent study (Morimoto et al, 2005), test subjects were fed a high fat diet to induce obesity while treated groups were also fed an additional 1 or 2% raspberry ketone. The treated groups gained less body fat than the control groups.

Guggul EZ 100Guggul is a plant resin extract found in India that contains properties similar to niacin and fish oils.
It supports and cleans the circulatory system. Some have described guggul lipid as the most powerful cholesterol-lowering herb known.

Guggulsterones have been shown in studies to maintain normal blood lipid levels, support a fine skin texture by decreasing the appearance of blemishes, and optimize thyroid gland function (thus supporting ideal fat loss and body weight).

Optimizes basal metabolic rate, decreases number and size of skin blemishes, positive effects on blood lipids, increases fat loss and optimizes thyroid gland function.

Thermodiamine Thermodiamine, otherwise known as Evodiamine, is isolated from the unripe fruit of Evodia Rutaecarpa.
In a recent study, (Kobayashi Y et al, 2001) when evodiamine was supplemented at 0.02% in the form of ethanol extract of Evodia fruits in a high-fat diet for 21 days, the body weight, perirenal fat weight and epididymal fat weight were found to be significantly reduced compared to the control group.

The treated groups on a high fat diet gained significantly less body fat than the control groups.
Thermodiamine appears to support an increase in lipolytic (fat burning) activity through several mechanisms.
Similar to the action of cayenne pepper, evodiamine appears to effect receptors known as vanilloids.
These receptors are involved in the regulation of body temperature.
However, it does so without the common side effects of burning and indigestion.

Secondly, evodiamine may support an increased output of catecholamines.
Since catecholamines are intimately involved in fat loss, evodiamine assists in supporting healthy fat oxidizing pathways.

Studies suggest evodiamine may support an increase in peripheral heat loss. This result indicates an increase in energy expenditure.

Coleus forskohlii Coleus forskohlii is part of the mint family of plants and has long been used in India, Thailand and parts of SE Asia as a spice as well as an ingredient in various medicine concoctions for the treatment of heart ailments and stomach cramps.

The roots of the plant are a natural source of a compound that can increase cellular levels of metabolism.
As recorded in ancient Sanskrit texts, coleus has been used as a medical herb to treat heart and lung diseases, intestinal spasms, insomnia, and convulsions.

Stimulation that is caused by forskolin supposedly leads to blood vessel dilation, inhibition of allergic reactions, and possibly an increased secretion of thyroid hormone. Forskolin has other reported uses as well, including inhibition of the spread of cancer cells.

It has been reported that forskolin may also assist in dilating blood vessels and improving the forcefulness with which the heart pumps blood. One study did find evidence that inhaling forskolin could decrease lung spasms for people with asthma.

Lipolide-SC Lipolide-SC (formerly known as Sclareolide) is found in the plant Salvia Sclarea or Clary Sage.

The Romans called it sclarea, from claurus, or “clear,” because they used it as an eyewash.
The practice of German merchants of adding clary and elder flowers to Rhine wine to make it imitate a good Muscatel was so common that Germans still call the herb Muskateller Salbei ... and the English know it as Muscatel Sage.

The plant has a variety of traditional uses including supporting proper immune health. It is generally recognized as a natural seasoning/flavoring and as plant extract/essential oil.

Lipolide-SC supports an increase in the rate of lipolysis (fat burning) activity. Specific to weight loss, it binds to the regulatory subunit of protein kinase. Once bound, protein kinase eventually generates a chemical that reduces triglycerides into fatty acids and glycerol -- ultimately stimulating the release of fatty acids from the body's adipose stores.

It can help the body produce more energy through the breakdown of fat stores and thermogenesis.

The plant can be a valuable remedy for complaints associated with menopause, particularly hot flashes.

DiCaffeine Malate Originally used by Coca Cola as an alternative to cocaine, DiCaffeine Malate is a stimulant-based ingredient used in colas and dietary supplements. DiCaffeine Malate claims to be more effective and easier to stomach than caffeine.

DiCaffeine Malate is a combination of natural caffeine and Malic Acid. These ingredients are ionically bonded into a compound that claims to optimize energy, stimulate thermogenesis, and increase mental focus.

Many clinical studies validate caffeine as a stimulant-based agent for boosting energy and helping with weight loss.
Combine with the Malate Acid, DiCaffeine Malate is a good alternative to natural caffeine because it enhances its effects as well as alleviates some of its natural side effects.

While DiCaffeine Malate is gentler on the stomach, it still has similar side effects to that of natural caffeine. It may cause jitters, insomnia, headaches, increased heart rate and blood pressure.

DiCaffeine Malate is a common ingredient in many energy drinks, soft drinks, and dietary capsules.

Bioperine Bioperene is a nutrient derived from the fruits of black pepper.
It enhances the body's ability to absorb other nutrients, and also encourages thermogenesis.
Thermogenesis is the process the body goes through to keep itself at the ideal temperature.
By encouraging thermogenesis you are burning extra calories without ever having to move a muscle.

Thermogenesis has openly been recognised as an important factor in any weight loss regimen.

Bioperene increases the bioavailability of other nutrients in the body.

Bioperine has been shown to increase digestion and the absorption of nutrients, by exerting its effects directly on the intestinal wall, causing it to become more permeable.
Often used with fat loss products or meal/protein supplements to ensure a higher percentage of nutrients get through.

In itself this substance does not cause fat loss or weight gain, rather the main effect of Bioperine is to enhance the bioavailability of various nutrients consumed along with it.

>So, does all that stuff really work?
After the first day I gained 2 pounds
... but check back in a month.
>I assume you exercise?
Just to open and close the fridge door.
>But you eat less, right?
I eat until I'm full ... but I seem to get full sooner.