SlimQuick advertisements make sense. They show a cartoon couple trying to lose weight, the wife reporting that she only lost cup sizes while the husband lost belt sizes. They pose the question: “Why is it easier for men to lose weight than woman?”
Men have several advantages. Men on average tend to be larger & weigh more than woman do, thus having a higher basic metabolic rate (BMR). This means that if a man & a woman both stayed in bed for 24 hours and didn’t move, the man would have burned more calories without doing anything.
In addition, the average man tends to have a lower body fat percentage than the average woman, but also tends to have a higher muscle mass. From Women’s Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier, “Fat in normal women represents between 18% and 20% of body weight, whereas in men it represents only 10% to 15%.” This is a problem because fat doesn’t burn as many calories as muscle.
According to Matt of Answers Fitness: “Body fat (adipose tissue) is metabolically inactive. This means its primary function is to store calories, not to consume them. A pound of fat burns around 2 calories per day to maintain itself…Muscle, on the other hand, burns around 6 calories per day – and that is at rest.”
Just mathematically, women are at a disadvantage when losing weight in comparison to a man, not to mention hormonal, recreational & temperamental differences. At first glance, the thought of a supplement to balance the scales seems like a fantastic idea.
What do we know about ingredients in SlimQuick Extreme?
Popular Hoodia is an appetite suppressant derived from the flowering cactus. According to Drugs.com, it was used by African Bushman to stave off hunger during long journeys-although it has yet to be evaluated or approved by the FDA.
However due to the long period of time it takes for Hoodia to mature & the only recent attempt to cultivate it, it is estimated Mike Adams, editor of Natural News that up to 80% of Hoodia pills do not contain actual Hoodia.
The website for SlimQuick Extreme does state “100% Authentic Hoodia Gordonii.”
Another ingredient that worries me is caffeine. Complete with nervousness and jitters, this ingredient may prevent many people from even considering the product. There is a debate on if it can help or hinder weight loss, but side effects are common enough that many people avoid it in their daily life.
Yohimbine-an alpha blocker used in erectile dysfunction medication as it dilates blood vessels. It has numerous side effects, including dizziness, nausea, anxiety, bronchospasm, increase in blood pressure, increase in heart rate & drowsiness according to Drugs.com and INCHEM (Chemical Safety Information from Intergovernmental Organizations).
Yohumbine differs from Yohimbe bark. Yohumbine is one of the many names for the chemical derived from the bark. Yohimbe bark has been outlawed in Germany according to Cancer.org, “It has been declared an unsafe herb in Germany because of such complications as increased heart rate and blood pressure and even kidney failure.”
Although it is now being used in diet pills such as SlimQuick, it has only been approved by the FDA for impotence in specific doses according to Cancer.org.
The goal of many dieters is improved health but with the information currently available about the ingredients in SlimQuick Extreme, I would hesitate to consider it in that quest. It was clever & possibly humanitarian effort to create a diet pill to assist woman in achieving what comes more naturally to men, but with the side effects known & the benefits largely unknown, I would steer toward another method.
Delavier, Frederic. Women’s Strength Training Anatomy
Matt. “Am I Fat? Why Body Fat Percentage is More Important than Weight.”