Arginine and Growth Hormone
I’ve never heard that lower doses of arginine lowers growth hormone levels.
It is not necessary to take ornithine if you are taking arginine.
Arginine and Growth Hormone
One study suggested limiting arginine intake to 6 grams per day.
They said that higher doses could cause adverse effects.
Guar Gum More Effective Than Psyllium
I don’t like sugar-free Metamucil because it contains an artificial sweetener, I think.
The studies show that guar gum is more effective than psyllium (Metamucil) for helping people lose weight.
I am not familiar with the product SWELL, but it may be enzymatically-modified (partially hydrolyzed) guar gum.
Their website does not list Supplement Facts, so I can’t tell.
But one study used partially hydrolyzed guar gum and found it was not effective.
People may like it because regular guar gum becomes very thick when mixed in water, but the partially hydrolyzed guar gum does not.
However, the fact that regular guar gum becomes thick is the way that it works to help people lose weight.
So using partially hydrolyzed guar gum completely defeats the point.
A 5-HTP dose of 100 mg, three times per day—a total of 300 mg per day—is a lot.
Most doctors using 5-HTP give 100 mg per day.
So say the time of day does not matter, but it makes the most sense to me to take it in the early evening—maybe 6 PM—to reduce hunger in the evening.
I have not seen any studies showing that whey protein helps with weight loss.
Some studies show people gaining weight.
It may be an increase in muscle, but this could be discouraging for something trying to lose weight.
No Liquid Calories
The best weight loss doctor I know tells his patients—no liquid calories.
Meal Replacements Work
However, there are many studies showing that meal replacement shakes, like SlimFast, help people lose weight.
Article on meal replacement shakes are posted here:
Meal Replacements Work Great According to Weight Loss Doctor Also
The same weight loss doctor has also told me that meal replacement shakes work great.
The kind he prefers are high-protein meal replacement shakes from HMR—Health Management Resources.
They are for sale from various sources on the web.
Just do a Google search.
Interview with Dr. Jay Piatek about Meal Replacements
Here is the section of the interview with Dr. Jay Piatek about meal replacement shakes.
The entire interview is posted here:
PIATEK ON MEAL REPLACEMENTS
Hobbs: What type of meal replacement shakes do you use?
Piatek: High-protein meal replacement shakes from HMR—Health Management Resources. They never cause weight gain. They always cause weight loss. Patients love them. Patients who are stuck on a weight plateau and can’t seem to lose always lose 2 to 5 pounds per week by using the shakes depending on how many they use per day.
Hobbs: How do the HMR shakes compare to SlimFast?
Piatek: They have 70 fewer calories and twice as much protein as SlimFast—15 grams versus 7 grams—and they taste much, much better. I can hardly keep them in stock.
Hobbs: How do patients use them?
Piatek: The easiest way is to have them drink a shake before their main meal of the day to kill their appetite. It reduces their intake by 500 to 800 calories per meal. Another way is to use 3 shakes per day for a week or two—one for breakfast, one for lunch and one before dinner. Some people use this technique one week a month. Using three shakes per day causes a weight loss of 2 or 3 pounds per week.
Another way is to use 5 shakes per day in place of meals for a week or two. This causes a weight loss of about 5 pounds per week. The only time that I allow patients to use them longer than a week or two is diabetics who are taking medicines that are making them fat. I let them use the HMR shakes in stead of eating until the lose 15 or 20 pounds which lets them get off of their diabetes medicine. This is one exception where I do focus on weight in the short-term.
Hobbs: Do people get tired of the taste?
Piatek: No, because we make up recipes with them to vary the taste. They can add orange flavoring or Crystal Lite or soda or fruit to change the flavor.
(Note: Dr. Jerry Darm said the same thing about HMR—’I’ve looked at the Optifast and Medifast, but I consider HMR’s program to be the best6 I think their shakes are the best, and believe me, I’ve tried a lot of different ones.’ (ORU, Mar 99). HMR can be reached at Health Management Resources, 59 Temple Place, Suite 704, Boston, MA 02111, phone (800) 418-1367 or (617) 357-9876, by fax at (617) 357-9690 or on the web at http://www.yourbetterhealth.com.)