I love this stuff! From somewhat questionable vitamins, to goofy “health” food, to the out-and-out fantasy Cookie Diet, we continue to search for a way around eating right and exercising. The latest magic potion to come out of Fantasy Fitness Land is a pill which has been developed by General Nutrition Centers (GNC) and tested by Oklahoma University. (I’m glad the Sooners took on this strange project instead of the University of Texas.) You can read all about it at Science Daily in an article titled Weight-loss supplement has potential to burn fair amount of calories.
It seems this substance contains three things: black pepper, caffeine, and capsaicin–the stuff that makes hot peppers hot.
(Now, as it turns out, I actually created this combination some years ago and I’ve been consuming it roughly once a week in the form of a morning meal known as breakfast. I eat an omlette, sprinkle on some black pepper, splash on some hot sauce, and drink two cups of coffee. Too bad I didn’t patent the whole process. )
The article is fairly brief and doesn’t give much information but I can forsee this new weight loss pill flying off the shelves into the hands of people who desperately want to lose weight but who refuse to take on the tried-and-true guaranteed methods to healthy weight loss–that is eating right most of the time and working hard often. I’ll post more information on this type of snake oil.