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Are nutritutional supplements OK to take for weight loss?
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Are nutritutional supplements OK to take for weight loss?

After many years, I've found a cocktail which gives me the security I need.  I am Bi-polar II, and used to cycle rapidly, which was terrifying because I never knew how I'd feel, or what caused it or would make it go away.   I don't want to change the drugs because they work -- my life is drama-free, and I'm very grateful. I also take a thyroid supplement.   I recently had to add a cholesterol-lowering drug, and have been told I'm now borderline diabetic.  
  I'm now about 50 pounds overweight, most of which has come from the munchies I get at night after I take the cocktail.  I absolutely have to loose some weight before gardening season comes, or I won't be able to work.  Diets have never worked for me. -- the only time I've lost weight is when I'm extremely depressed and anxious, and I don't want to go there again.  I tried weight-watchers, but they don't have any cure for the munchies.
  I just ordered Sensa, the "sprinkle diet."  I'm a little afraid to try it, although it only contains flavor enhancers, which supposedly then stimulate hormones telling you that you're full.  I'm hoping that it will help me control the urges to stuff food into my mouth until there's no more room!  
so, the question is, does anyone have any experience with adding  "Sensa", or other weight loss nutritional supplements in addition to the psychotropic drugs we take?
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The first thing to do in any of these cases is speak to your doctor.

This might have some help : http://consumerhealthdigest.com/sensa_answers.htm

As they wont say what is in this and there is no information on how it works at all out there (flavour enhancers ?) I  would myself be very carefull

(and as a side note I love MD's who are willing to compromise their principles and ethics and science to climb on the money making weight loss marketplace like this)

And sadly the reality remains that the best way to lose weight is exercise and diet - healthy natural foods, nutrional education etc.  If you get the munchies then don't have anything bad to eat in the house - stock with veggies and fruits and stop buying junk, drop the soft drinks and drink water - these all worked for me and were the result of 18 months of nutrionalists and dietitians
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