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The Fat Pulverizer Weight Loss pill was a product made from cactus paddles, those large, oval leaves covered with spines on the prickly pear cactus. It was a product that didn't hurt your diet efforts. The cactus produces a sticky carbohydrate that holds on to water by creating something like super glue. When you eat the "glue," it slows down the passage of food through your digestive tract if so any digested sugars don't "rush" into your system only to be followed by a sugar crash a few hours later. It's easier to stick to a sensible diet when you eat foods like prickly pear cactus. Of course, there's no reason you should have to eat cactus leaves (they taste a lot like green beans), and there's no huge advantage to taking the product.

Fat Pulverizer, like every other good weight loss product, may help you lose one or two pounds more if you diet. That's one or two pounds (up to about one kilogram) of fat every two or three months. There's no reason not to lose just a little more, but the benefits of the product will be "just a little more."

The broader issue with this product is that its manufacturers seem to have gone out of business about 10 years ago. People trying to order the product won't get it. There may still be someone to take your credit card information, but they won't be using it to sell you a product. Here's how to avoid similar problems in the future.

  • Buy weight loss products from retailers who sell a lot more than just weight loss products. The companies that make the products might specialize in just weight loss. That's actually a good thing. They become experts in choosing the right ingredients and in helping their ultimate customers succeed. However, they also may be fly by night operations. For just $1000 or so, it's possible to put your label on somebody else's weight loss product. Unscrupulous vendors sell out their $1000 inventory, but maybe keep on taking credit card information "by accident."
  • Remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are no weight loss miracles. There are only a few natural products (green tea with caffeine, green coffee bean extract, hydroxycitric acid, gurmar) that help some people lose weight. No product is responsible for anyone's dramatic weight loss. No product works for everyone who uses it. Weight loss always requires dieting. It's your efforts that make the ultimate difference, not some pill.
  • What works for someone else you know may not work for you. There are weight loss products that actually help some people lose weight that won't help other people. There are dozens of genetic factors that influence how much you weigh and how hard you will have to work to change your weight. Prescription medications can be tailored to genetic differences, but natural medicines cannot. If you want the latest and greatest weight loss aid, you are going to have to get it from a doctor.

The weight loss products that actually work:

  • Label their herbal ingredients by their common and botanical names. An example is Camelia sinensis for green tea.
  • Standardize the amount of the herbal ingredients to deliver a stated dose of the active chemical they contain, An example is "standardized for epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), 200 mg."
  • Don't use the terms "miracle" or "amazing" in their advertising. If a customer spontaneously describes the product in glowing terms, that may be OK.
  • Offer a money-back guarantee.

Only manufacturers and retailers who are sure their products work will offer a money-back guarantee. And only products that work keep being offered year after year. Look for your product on a bigger website, like Amazon or Vitamin Shoppe. Then if you want to look at other sites to find a lower price (you usually won't), don't buy unless there is a clear offer of your money back if the product doesn't work for you, and a variety of options for supporting your weight loss efforts.

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