Appuloss diet pills, called Diet and Energy, are an herbal dietary supplement marketed for weight loss. According to marketing claims made by the manufacturer, Appuloss supplements purportedly stimulate thermogenesis — increased metabolism. However, dietary supplements, including herbal weight loss supplements like Appuloss, are not intended to treat, prevent or cure any medical condition, including obesity.
Appuloss Diet and Energy is manufactured by NVE Pharmaceuticals, a private company based out of Andover, New Jersey. NVE Pharmaceuticals was the first weight-loss supplement company to file suit against the federal government after ephedra was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004. At the time, NVE Phamaceuticals was best known for its Stacker 2 weight-loss supplements, which contained ephedra.
According to the manufacturer, the active ingredients in Appuloss Diet and Energy that make it a “fat burner” are caffeine combined with a trademarked compound called Epichasine, which contains EGCG, an extract of green tea. The supplement also contains guarana, kola nut and panax ginseng, which allegedly reduce fatigue. Acacia rigidula, or black brush, konjac root, cissus quadrangularis and rhodiola rosea are other herbal ingredients in Appuloss that purportedly decrease appetite, increase endurance and support weight loss and maintenance.
According to the manufacturer, Appuloss Diet and Energy reduces fat on specific parts of the body, including the abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs. The manufacturer’s website includes a disclaimer stating that statements made about Appuloss dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The manufacturer’s instructions specify that you should take one to two Appuloss capsules in the morning an hour prior to eating. After waiting four hours, take another one to two capsules before eating lunch. Do not take more than six Appuloss capsules a day. Appuloss should not be used by people under the age of 18 or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The manufacturer advises consulting with your doctor before taking Appuloss if you have a history of stroke, heart disease, thyroid disease, liver disease, kidney disease, seizure disorder, ulcer, diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma, enlarged prostate, caffeine sensitivity, frequent headaches, difficulty urinating or anxiety or another psychiatric disorder.
According to the Office off Dietary Supplements, unlike companies that make drugs, manufacturers of dietary supplements do not have to supply scientific proof to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that their product works. That’s why the makers of Appuloss must include the above disclaimer. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative medicine, there’s insufficient evidence to support green tea extract for weight loss. Caffeine, a common ingredient in nonprescription weight-loss aids, may temporarily curb your appetite, and its diuretic properties may decrease water weight. However, according to MayoClinic.com, even though caffeine may stimulate thermogenesis, it’s not enough to cause substantial or permanent weight loss.
Herbal weight-loss supplements aren’t safe just because they contain “natural” ingredients. Appuloss may be dangerous when combined with other medications and dietary supplements. The ODS stresses the importance of working with your doctor to achieve an optimal solution that’s both safe and effective.