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The SlimQuick Diet Plan

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author image Linda Tarr Kent
Linda Tarr Kent is a reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience at Gannett Company Inc., The McClatchy Company, Sound Publishing Inc., Mach Publishing, MomFit The Movement and other companies. Her area of expertise is health and fitness. She is a Bosu fitness and stand-up paddle surfing instructor. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Washington State University.
The SlimQuick Diet Plan
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SlimQuick is a program that features weight loss supplements that claim to help women lose weight. The supplement manufacturers say they take issues such as hormonal changes, water retention, reduced energy levels and stress into account. Each of the SlimQuick supplements contain numerous ingredients, so it’s vital to check with a doctor before taking them, especially if you take prescription medications or have a health condition.

Identification

If you follow the SlimQuick plan, you are supposed to take the supplements and follow a diet program. The meal plan calls for eating six small meals throughout the day that are high protein, moderate amounts of carbohydrates and low fat. The plan also calls for controlling portion sizes, cutting back on processed foods, limiting sodium, drinking plenty of water and regular exercise. SlimQuick offers a variety of supplements, from an appetite suppressant to fat burners to those purported to support weight loss while taking a woman's special vitamin and mineral needs into account.

Significance

SlimQuick products claim to raise your metabolism and a variety of them contain green tea extract. Green tea may boost your metabolism and help you burn fat, according to University of Maryland Medical Center. The tea’s polyphenols may cause this effect. Studies backing this use have produced mixed results, however, and those that indicate green tea works for weight loss combine green tea with caffeine, note the experts at UMMC. Such a combination is found in many of the SlimQuick products, though the company also offers some caffeine-free options. Many SlimQuick products also contain hoodia, a popular ingredient in weight-loss supplements. Research on this herb is still preliminary, according to UMMC, so it’s hard to say whether it’s effective or even safe.

Features

Many SlimQuick products contain herbs that are frequently found in supplements designed to help women deal with menstrual or menopausal symptoms. These include soy and chaste tree. Chaste tree does not have scientific evidence to back it as a remedy for menstrual issues, but it does have a long history of traditional use, according to UMMC. The theory is that it has estrogenlike effects. Soy, a source of phytoestrogens, is better studied. However, scientific evidence backing its use for treating menopause symptoms is limited, according to the Mayo Clinic. The supplements also contain vitamins and minerals that manufacturers claim are geared toward women’s needs. You may need to adjust your vitamin regimen to take the amounts provided into account, which should be done under a health care provider’s guidance.

Considerations

The ingredients in SlimQuick supplements can cause a number of side effects and also can interact with medications. Chaste tree, for example, may increase menstrual flow, cause tiredness or stomach pain and lead to cramping, diarrhea, acne, headaches and hair loss, according to Drugs.com. Green tea and caffeine can cause dizziness, heart palpitations, insomnia and irritability. Caffeine overdose can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, appetite loss and headaches. You can even suffer caffeine poisoning, so seek medical attention if you have abdominal spasms or begin vomiting, according to UMMC. Green tea can interact with certain antibiotics and many medicines, including those that treat high blood pressure, heart conditions and anxiety. Chaste tree can interact with birth control drugs and fertility drugs. You also need to watch out for allergic reactions to ingredients.

Warning

If you have certain health conditions, this plan may be inadvisable for you due to some of the supplement ingredients. If you have a hormone-sensitive condition like breast cancer you should avoid chaste tree as well as soy, according to The Essential Herb-Drug-Vitamin Interaction Guide by George T. Grossberg and Barry Fox. You also need to avoid this supplement if you are pregnant or breastfeeding due to the green tea content.

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