Can Kirstie Alley’s New Diet Drink Help You?

June 14, 2011

scaleWhen it comes to struggling with weight, actress Kirstie Alley is no stranger to the weight loss and gain cycle. Over the years the tabloids have followed her weight going up and down and up again.

Recently she started promoting a weight loss product called “Rescue Me” by Organic Liaison. It sounds simple enough – just add a capful of the concentrated all-natural, organic elixir to a glass of water and sip on it throughout the day.

Doing so is supposed to reduce appetite, replenish essential vitamins and minerals, and help increase energy. In fact, after Alley claimed the product helped her shed 60 pounds, QVC sold out of the formula in just 15 minutes!

Like many “weight loss aids” the exact ingredients in the formula are not clearly listed.  Recently a weight loss specialist named Dr. Ilana Bragin at the Methodist Dallas Medical Center analyzed the contents as part of a television investigation into the product’s claims. What she found was shocking – the product, made from a variety of fruit juices, was mostly sugar! Of the vitamins and minerals it did contain, none have ever been scientifically proven to reduce appetite or increase energy.

I’m not surprised, and I have a feeling that instead of solving her weight issues for good, Alley has once again looked for a quick fix for her weight issues rather than a long-term solution and that the weight will be back.

As the multi-billion dollar diet product market proves, there is a huge demand for a effortless, easy, and quick weight loss solution. And because these products are categorized as supplements, they fall outside of the FDA’s realm of testing and quality control to establish if the product’s claims are true or even safe.

My advice? Don’t waste your money on Alley’s new diet solution. If you want to lose weight and more importantly, keep it off, seek out a proven medically supervised weight loss program that combines solid nutrition, regular exercise, and behavioral counseling that approaches weight issues as a long-term chronic issue, not a one-time fix.

In fact, I have a feeling there’s actually another explanation for Alley’s recent 60-pound weight loss – her participation in the popular “Dancing With The Stars” program, which had her training up to 12 hours a day! While I wouldn’t suggest anyone embark on such a strenuous regime to lose weight, I do find it interesting that this much more obvious explanation for her weight loss isn’t mentioned in the infomercial.

Dr. Michael Kaplan

Founder and Chief Medical Officer

The Center for Medical Weight Loss

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