Frugal Friday: Diet Pills

With swimsuit weather on the way we all want to look our best before we head to the beach. You may have a few extra pounds you'd like to get rid of. Are diet pills the answer?

They all make great claims, but do they really work or are you just sinking money into the diet drain? We put some of those pills to the test in this Frugal Friday.

You may have seen the infomercial for the diet supplement Relacore. It claims that it can control the hormone Cortisol that causes you to store more fat in your body, but the Good Housekeeping test managers have a caution.

"There's little evidence that these pills will reduce cortisol levels or help you lose weight."

But the makers of Relacore say those who have used the product reported an overall feeling of well being, less anxiety and more energy, thereby combating the stress induced Coritisol production that causes belly fat.

Another diet aid Estrin D claims to help menopausal women lose weight, but Good Housekeeping says some of the ingredients are worrisome.

"It will rev you up since seven of the 14 ingredients in the blend are caffeine or caffeine like stimulant. Our lab tests found the recommended dose contained the equivalent of 11 cups of coffee a day."

Makers of Estrin D say, numerous scientific studies concluded the medicinal plants in Estrim D produced the energy effects women of this age group need.

There's also a new twist to the grapefruit diet, capsules called the “grapefruit solution.” In one small study the pill did help 25 overweight people lose an average of two and a half pounds in 12 weeks while keeping their same eating habits.

“Other subjects in the study who ate a real grapefruit or drank grapefruit juice lost an extra pound, so more study is needed.”

Why grapefruit? Research suggests eating grapefruit can lower insulin levels which may be important to weight control.