Raspberry Ketones? Do they work?




Do Raspberry Ketones work?

When I first seen the photos of Jennifer Elisons ‘before and after’ photos…I thought to myself ‘I’ll have some of what she’s having’.

It was then that I read her weight loss had been assisted by Raspberry Ketones! I am cautious about buying tablets from the internet so went to Holland and Barrett. I purchased:


I took two tablets per day. I did not notice any side effects! No insomnia, no headaches, no sweating, no dizziness! Nothing!

I was on weight watchers eating only 26 pro points a day, which for those of you who don’t understand weight watchers this basically means I was eating under the daily food allowance within national guidelines. I was eating healthy foods. Although I was not exercising as such…I would take the dog for a walk and have generally active lifestyle.

I have never put weight on at weight watchers. I have lost weight every weigh in at weight watchers. However, the two weeks that I trialled raspberry ketones I put half a pound on each time! Leaving me very disappointed as whilst I had accepted the tablets weren’t going to make me lose MASSES of weight I believe they may assist slightly with weight loss!

I admit I only trialled this product for two weeks using 28 of the 60 tablets! But after two knock backs at weigh in I stopped taking them! Sure enough I lost weight the weigh in after I stopped taking the raspberry ketones!

For me they did not work! I’d be interested to hear anyone else’s experience with them?


James Duncan Diet – Pros and Cons


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The James Duncan Diet claims that it can help you lose a stone in a week!

This appealed to me as I intended on starting weight watchers but I wanted a little kick start!

This is what the diet entails!

Day 1

Breakfast – 1 slice dry toast with 1 grilled tomato OR tinned tomatoes

Lunch – Fresh fruit – any amount 2 hard boiled eggs

Tea – Salad & grapefruit

Day 2

Breakfast – Grapefruit and 1 boiled egg

Lunch – Grilled chicken with tomatoes and Toast

Tea – Grilled steak and Salad

Day 3

Breakfast – Grapefruit and 1 boiled egg

Lunch Fresh fruit – any amount 2

Tea – grilled lamb chops. Salad & grapefruit

Day 4

Breakfast – 1 slice dry toast

Lunch – Fresh fruit – any amount

Tea – 2 hard boiled eggs. Salad & grapefruit

Day 5

Breakfast – 1 slice dry toast

Lunch – Fresh fruit – any amount

Tea – Fresh fish. Salad

Day 6

Breakfast – 1 glass grapefruit juice

Lunch – Fresh fruit – any amount

Tea – Grilled chicken. Carrots & grapefruit

Day 7

Breakfast – Scrambled eggs. Grilled or tinned tomatoes 2

Lunch – poached eggs

Tea – Spinach. Grilled steak. Salad

The rules include –
No alcoholic drinks.
Permitted drinks: Black coffee, tea, lemon/grapefruit juice without sugar.
No milk, butter or fats.
No eating between meals.
Abstain from all not included in diet. Eat what is shown or go without.
No substitutes allowed. The basis of the diet is chemical, not the quantities.
Lunch and dinner may be swapped but only on the same day.

My experience…..

Horrific!!! I only lasted till Day 4!! Before I get into the pros and cons I thought some statistics would be useful! I am 5 foot 3 and my general healthy weight is 8 and half stone! On starting this diet I was 9 stone 13! By Day 4 I was 9 stone 5!


Pros –

*I lost 8 pounds in 4 days!!

*The diet is very easy to follow unlike other diets where the ingredients are often complexed.

*The preparation of meals is quick, which again is unlike other diets that often involve lots of preparation.

Cons –

*Headaches, feeling hungry 24/7, thinking about food 24/7 and feeling tired because of a lack of food!

*Grapefruit makes me feel physically sick!

*The food was very dry due to being unable to put any sauce or dressing over it 😦

*As soon as I began eating ‘normally’ again I gained all the weight I had lose – plus one pound!


Very short term option diet! You must be very disciplined!