- The promoters of the diet claim that the program or supplement is new, improved or based on some on some new discovery; however, no scientific data are available to support these claims. Yes.
- The program or supplement is touted for its ability to promote rapid weight loss or body fat loss usually more than 2 pound per week, and may include the claim that weight loss can be achieved with little or no physical exercise. Yes.
- The diet includes special foods and supplements, many of which are expensive and/or difficult to find or can be purchased only from direct promoter. Common recommendations for these diets include avoiding certain foods, eating only special combination of certain foods or including “magic” foods in the diet “burn fat” and “speed up” metabolism. Yes.
- The diet may include a rigid menu that must be followed daily or may limit participant to eating a few select foods each day. Variety and balance are discouraged, and restriction of certain foods (such as vegetables) is encouraged. No.
- Many programs promote supplemental foods and/or nutritional supplements that are described as critical to the success of the diet. They usually include claims that these supplements can cure or prevent a variety of health ailments or that the diet can stop the aging process. Yes.
Weight supplements are said to solve weight problems or enhance muscles by increasing metabolism and lowering the user’s appetite. Promoters also claim that diet pills can cure or prevent diseases when taken according to prescription. My research will analyze Chromium picolinate by laying out the facts about its effectiveness on weight loss. Chromium picolinate is said to work by increasing insulin concentration that converts food into energy. However, there is no detailed scientific research that explains the working mechanism of chromium nutrient pills. Research indicates that chromium’s daily supplementation does affect insulin sensitivity, HbA1c levels or accelerate glucose metabolism (NIH, 2020). Chromium picolinate slightly reduces weight by 0.08-0.2 kg per week, contrary to figures displayed by promoters who occasionally recommend little or no exercise after taking the pills. Research shows that the supplements have significant in reducing waist-to-hip ratio or the waist circumference. Chromium pills can also serve as insulin resistance when weight is centrally distributed; therefore, they are reliable in weight loss (Yazaki et al., 2010).
Although marketers argue that chromium supplements reduce type 2 diabetes risks, the FDA indicates a high level of uncertainty. Chromium diet pills, therefore, cannot be justified to cure people with obesity or diabetes. Promoters also advise people who desire to gain muscles or lose weight to adhere to strict menus to achieve results. Moreover, chromium supplements might have violent reactions with some medications such as Levothyroxine, metformin, insulin, nicotinic acid, and corticosteroids (NIH, 2020). Scientific research urges people to take natural diets with chromium such as green beans, eggs, bananas, grape juice, broccoli, red wine, chicken breast, tomato, and raw carrots. High intake of chromium may also lead to kidney and liver complications or can cause stomach discomforts.
NIH. (2020, February 27). Chromium. Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Chromium-HealthProfessional/
Yazaki, Y., Faridi, Z., Ma, Y., Ali, A., Northrup, V., Njike, V. Y., Liberti, L., & Katz, D. L. (2010, March 1). A pilot study of chromium Picolinate for weight loss. PubMed Central (PMC). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5206698/