This Metabolism-Boosting Natural Supplement Is the Anti-Diet Pill

Lindsey Metrus

If you were born before, say, 1999, you probably remember the incessant weight-loss commercials featuring Anna Nicole Smith prancing around seductively in a short, silky robe, looking head-on into the camera, happily shouting, "TrimSpa, baby!" Piggybacking off of these were ads for Alli, then SlimQuick—they all had the same hypothesis: Take a pill, be insanely skinny and sexy. It's that easy! The women featured in these commercials were of the same mentality: happier, slimmer, sexier—and you, too, could be just like them if you purchased the bottle they touted in their much smaller dress size. Ah, the aughts were simple times, weren't they?

The problem is that pills like TrimSpa are loaded with caffeine—40% to be exact, and a hefty dose of chromium, an alleged weight-loss agent that's been debunked. Alli's key ingredient is orlistat, an OTC medication that reportedly causes sudden diarrhea. The sex appeal of these pills is lost in their side effects. Which begs the question: Are diet pills worth the (possibly literal) headache?

Recently, I learned about a natural weight-loss supplement called Meratrim. It's a blend of fruit and flower extracts (Sphaeranthus indicus flowerheads and Garcinia mangostana fruit rind) that prevent fat cells from multiplying and help fat cells burn stored fat when you eat a healthy 2000 calorie diet (think balanced meals—it obviously won't work if you eat 2000 calories of cheeseburgers and cupcakes) and regular physical activity. The primary effect of the pill is a reduction in body weight, while the secondary outcome is a reduction in waist and hip measurements. One capsule should be taken twice daily, 30 minutes before meals.

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