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Mary's Favorite Diet Supplements

There are only a few weight loss & diet supplements that I recommend, because I use them myself.

As you may know, like many people with hypothyroidism, I struggle to get off and keep off extra weight. So whenever I find something I feel is particulary helpful, I am very excited to let you know. I've tried things in the past and some of them have been a big bust. Like the "starch-blocker" pills (BUST), and at least for me, ephedra... (BIG BUST, PLUS HEART PALPITATIONS!)

But my ongoing efforts to continue to lose weight go particularly well when I'm following my Thyroid Diet, doing more weight-bearing exercise, and the other thing that helps me are certain supplements I particularly like.

First, let me tell you that I have mitral valve prolapse. And so FORGET ephedra, the supplements that have high doses of caffeine, or some of the other stimulating supplements -- they give me awful palpitations and I simply can't take them. But I'm better able to stay on track, reduce my appetite, feel less bloated using certain non-stimulating supplements.

(Keep in mind, I'm eat low-glycemic, low-sugar, try to avoid starchy carbs, focus on protein, veggies, some fruit, so when I'm able to lose weight, it's due to a combination of optimized thyroid, diet, exercise, and good supplements.)

In any case, if you're interested in trying out the products I like and regularly use, here's the info. I buy most of mine from Those of you know have been reading me for a long time know that this is one of the few companies I always recommend -- they have the absolute best prices, great service -- a trustworthy, excellent online retailer. But you also can get these supplements from most health food stores or natural groceries as well.

Integra-Lean™ Irvingia, 150 mg 60 vegetarian capsules Integra-Lean Irvingia

I've been taking this for about a month with lunch and dinner, and this supplement, new on the scene, seems to be helping. Clinical trials suggest that Irvingia may be able to lowe cholesterol, reduce waist size, cause fat-burning and weight loss, and reduce risk of metabolic syndrome. Read more about Irvingia now.

Order Life Extension Foundation's Integra-Lean Irvingia, 150 mg 60 vegetarian capsules.

glucomannan for weight loss Nature's Way, Glucomannan Root

I take this supplement before each meal. It's dietary fiber from the root of the konjac plant, and it comes in a capsule. It has benefits in terms of balancing blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, and in creating a feeling of fullness -- which can help reduce appetite.

Order Nature's Way, Glucomannan Root

fucothin fucoxanthin FucoThin Fucoxanthin

I take Fucothin with each meal. Fucothin is a supplement made of fucoxanthin, a derivative of brown seaweed, that has reported fat-burning properties. You can read more about Fucothin / fucoxanthin for diet and weight loss here.

Order Garden of Life FucoThin

Cinnamon Force

I take this supplement with each meal. Cinammon is thought to reduce blood sugar levels, increase natural production of insulin and lower cholesterol levels. You can read more about cinnamon as a diet and weight loss aid here.

Order New Chapter, Cinnamon Force Softgel Capsules

Country Life GenaSlim

GenaSlim uses a natural, effective, patent pending weight loss ingredient called SLIMALUMA to help suppress appetite. It also includes EGCG from green tea, for fat burning. You can read more about Slimaluma/caralluma fimbriata here

Order Country Life, GenaSlim Slimaluma from

Paradise Hoodia

Hoodia is a succulent plant from South Africa that has appetite suppressant properties. Read my article about hoodia for more informationa about this fascinating plant. Hoodia is notoriously erratic in terms of quality. The only brand I like is Paradise Hoodia.

Order Paradise Herbs Hoodia from

Conjugated Linoleic Acid

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a fatty acid derived from safflower oil. The patented Tonalin formula has been tested, and may help reduce body fat and increase muscle.

Order Source Naturals Conjugated Linoleic Acid /Tonalin from

Natural Factors, 7 Day Total Nutritional Cleansing Program

A great way to start off your diet or new way of eating. This is an easy detox program you can follow at home, including nutritional shakes and supplements. You add in healthy meals of veggies and low-fat proteins, and you have a week-long, healthy detox that is a terrific way to jumpstart a weight loss plan. I do this detox several times a year, just to help keep my system balanced.

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Dr. Levine's Ultimate Weight Loss Formula -- Fiber Drink

One of the basics for anyone with a thyroid problem who wants to lose weight is to up your fiber intake substantially. It's hard to do just with foods, so one of the best ways I've found to do this is to add a fiber supplement. My favorite? Dr. Levine's Ultimate Weight Loss Formula, basically a fiber "shake" mix that, mixed with water, makes a zero-calorie shake with 17 grams of fiber per serving! Find out more about Dr. Levine's Ultimate Weight Loss Formula now.

Did You Know?

One study found that as many as 40% of overweight people had evidence of a dysfunctional thyroid, a problem that could be contributing to your weight gain in the first place, and to your present difficulty losing weight. Other practitioners believe that the actual numbers are much higher!

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