Last Modified on May 27, 2016
It seems we all want to lose weight these days, doesn't it? Well, at least we're not alone but even that doesn't make it much easier to lose weight easily. We know how much healthier we would be if we took off a few pounds. We know we should eat better. We want to find a healthy weight loss diet we can stick to. Wanting and wishing just don't quite get it done, do they?
Diet and exercise are the given in our shared quest for weight loss, but there are so many options out there for both. How do we choose the diet plan that's right for us? And there are all sorts of claims on TV and in advertisements about dietary supplements for weight loss and fat burning pills that can kickstart our weight loss goals. Do they work? What claims can we trust? Are these crash diets and easy weight loss schemes even safe? Will we keep the weight off when the diet is over?
Find Your Own Best Way to Lose Weight!
At Earth Clinic, we think the best way to lose weight naturally and to keep it off for the long term is to trust not in advertisers but in our own community of like-minded people. If it worked for us, we'll tell you. If a diet pill gave us terrible jitters or resulted in dependency, we'll tell it like it is. And when we find a natural diet that really works, you can bet you'll hear from us then! We know that something like apple cider vinegar can change the way your body metabolizes sugars.1 Healthy fats like fish oils and coconut oil can actually boost your metabolism and help you reach your weight loss goals. Holistic treatment to cleanse and reset the body's metabolism can also help boost your energy, break cycles of food addiction that lead to extra pounds, and improve your overall health. Green Tea may be your solution or maybe the Mediterranean Diet. Either way, user reviews on these pages can help you decide on which is the best way for you to lose weight naturally for better health!
Also check out our Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Diet page!
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I cant believe what I am reading on this site!! How can people just give out their CC numbers without doing proper research first!! We live in a world where there are scams and these things DO happen! The Acai berry products are still very new. How many people have you heard of that can actually confirm that it works??
Rather stick to the old remidies that we know work and that have been proven to show results. Here is a good mixture that really works, it is natural and can help with weight loss, even if no exersise is done:
3)Apple Cider (tablets or liquid)
4)Green tea (up to 4 cups a day)
5)CLA (with or without Hoodia)
6)Whey Protein (to replace with 2 meals daily)
7)Very Important!! WATER!! Up to 2 ltrs a day!! Note: Please consult a doctor first! I hope this info helps for those who want to loose weight! I know it helped me!
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Posted by Lynne (Coffs Harbour, Nsw Australia) on 10/13/2010
I tried Acai Berry approx 1 year ago, I took it as prescribed to lose weight for over 2 months and didnt lose any weight. I know that exercise and diet have a lot to do with taking off weight, I eat well but have heart conditions and chronic neck and back pain that hinders me from doing too much exercise. I feel that the acai berry was a scam... Beware anyone who thinks this VERY EXPENSIVE product will help them to lose weight, if anything is helping you its change in exercise and diet... Good luck everyone
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Sydney, Nsw, Australia
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Posted by Taylor (Laguna Hills, CA) on 06/15/2009
I had a sketchy feeling about the acai products. I ordered mine online with a prepaid visa because I did not want to give my real credit card information. I found out my sister has been getting charged every month for the exact same thing, until she canceled her credit card. It's a huge scam!
EC: Such a scam!! Oprah recently even added a disclaimer to her website about acai berry products. Apparently she was getting flack for promoting an acai berry product on her show once.
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Posted by Linda (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) on 04/29/2009
EC, I am posting this in response to your request for information ref the Acai Berry scams..
This has also been posted at:
I placed an order for the free trial of Acai from these people also. AFTER entering my CC info, they sprung the "terms agreement" of:
1. ongoing monthly automatic Acai shipment at $85.91 per month, PLUS
2. some OTHER membership thing called Fit Factory for ANOTHER $29.95 per month, PLUS
3. some OTHER thing called Cost Smashers for $2.95 per month.
There are 3 separate numbers to cancel these 3 separate little piggybacks.
Thank God I emailed the "terms agreement" to myself to read it, since it didn't show until AFTER they had my card #.
When I call to cancel this it either:
1. Hangs up without ringing
2. Comes on with a voice recording which says please hold, then proceeds to fritz the connection and disconnect
3. Never rings at all.
It's very clear that these people don't WANT to be contacted. So I have called my bank and cancelled the CC; Thank God no further charges seem to have been made so far.
This company is named 'Natures Acai Berry',
Their address is
20100 S. Vermont Ave.
Torrance, CA 90502
I notice that their Company name apparently USED to be 'Natures Best Acai Berry', they're apparently trying to dodge.
This stuff is distributed by Amir and Sanchez Neutraceuticals, whose address is:
Amir and Sanchez Neutraceuticals
5425 E. Broadway Rd #282
Tucson, AZ 85711
By the way, this stuff has VERY LITTLE Acai berry in it; It actually consists of:
Chromium (Metabolic booster)
Green Tea Extract (High in Caffeine) 225 mg
EGCG (A component of Green Tea which suppresses allergic reactions!!!) 135 mg
Caffeine 200 mg
Acai berry extract 50 mg!!!!!!! (Must have squeezed a single berry over the vat)
L-Theanine (Another Green Tea component) 8 mg
So- What it REALLY is, is Chromium, Green Tea, caffeine and a tad of Acai.
I am posting this here hoping it will help somebody else NOT get taken...
Good Luck, everyone- Fight the good fight. This is bad business.
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Posted by DEE (HYATTSVILLE, MARYLAND) on 02/25/2009
I WANT TO PIGGY BACK ON WHAT TERRY SAID ABOUT THE ACAI BERRY PILLS FOR WEIGHT LOSS. I WAS FURIOUS WHEN I ORDERED THE PILLS AND GAVE MY CREDIT CARD. IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE A TRIAL SAMPLE AND YOU HAD 30 DAYS TO TRY IT OUT FOR A $1. WHAT THEY DID WAS THEY DIDN'T SEND ME THE PILLS UNTIL MY 30 DAYS WERE UP AND CHARGED ME $89. I HAD A NUMBER TO CALL AND THE FIRST THING CAME OUT OF THERE MOUTH WAS I COULDN'T GET MY MONEY BACK BECAUSE IT WAS PASS THE 30 DAYS. I AM STILL TRYING TO FIND OUT HOW TO GET MY MONEY BACK. I STILL HAVE THE PACKAGE IT CAME IN SO I CAN PROVE I DIDN'T RECEIVE THE PILLS UNTIL WAY OVER A MONTH AFTER ORDERING THEM. THE CARD WAS CHARGED WAY BEFORE I GOT THE PILLS. I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO MAD IN MY LIFE. IT WAS A RIP OFF SCAM. AT LEAST GIVE ME THE CHANCE TO TRY THE PRODUCT AT THE OFFER OF A $1 AND IF I DON'T LIKE IT I COULD SEND IT BACK BEFORE BEING CHARGED. NEVER USED THE PILLS I WAS SO MAD. HELP ME PLEASE
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Posted by Terry (Vancouver, WA) on 02/17/2009
ACAI Scam: Please tell your subscribers to read the fine print befor ordering the Acaia Berry weight loss pills. I ordered the pay postage only for a trial weeks supply. I gave them my credit card to pay for the postage cost. I received the sample pills that didn't do anything. I didn't contact the company because the pills were worthless in my estimation. About a week later I received a months supply, and they charged my card a whopping $89.00. I was furious. Then I went looking for a phone for the company and lo and behold they didn't have one, the company wasn't registered in FLORIDA, but they had a service in Utah that handled there orders. I called them and they said they could not refund any cash period. I then told them I was going to the States Atty. Gen. office and filing a complaint against them. Well, to make a story short I settled for 1/2 my money back (which I shouldn't have) the pills were probably only worth (retail) $19.95 or a $1.00. I then went to the internet and found out that most of the companies selling Acai were all from Florida, with no phone number or address. Tell all your subscribers to PLEASE READ THE FINE PRINT WHEN ORDERING THE FREE SAMPLE. Terry
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Posted by Robyn (Perth, Western Australia) on 11/08/2008
I have been reading a lot of late about the fantastic anti-oxidant power of this acai berry. Have also read that it is very good for weight loss. Has anyone tried this for this purpose, did it work and did you use it alone or with a colon cleanse? Some articles I have read suggest that is has colon cleansing properties and others seem to suggest that the two need to be used in conjunction with each other. I would be very interested in anyone's personal experiences. Looking forward to feedback. Thanks.
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Posted by Stett81 (Franklin, Pa) on 04/04/2015
I have been trying for quite a while to lose weight and just become healthier. I eat well and stay active (moderate exercise). I have some health issues that make it difficult to be as active as I would like. I read up on your lymphatic system and the benefits of detoxing it. One thing stated that if you are unable to lose weight. I purchased two herbs (Astragalus and Echinechea/Goldenseal) to help cleanse my lymphatic system. It's been just over a week and I now have noticed 2 swollen lymph nodes. I am interested in hearing the benefits of activated charcoal and if it might be helpful to lose weight.
Posted by Jennie (Copenhagen, Denmark) on 06/15/2008
I had been losing weight really quickly after starting an exercise program. I wanted to make sure that any old toxins that had been stored in my fat didn't start circulating in my body, so I took 1 tablet of activated charcoal, 3 times a day (remembering to wait 2 hours before/after eating), for a week. I didn't exactly feel a difference, but I SAW one. I looked five years younger (am only 30, so that's a lot for me)! I also highly recommend adding 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder to 1 tablespoon of facial mask. It is a mini-facelift!
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Posted by Sharon (Santa Fe, NM) on 03/04/2008
After menopause, I seemed to be bloated in my midsection most of the time. My lower stomach was puffy most of the time. I'm a thin person, and thought this was weight gain due to menopause & quitting smoking. Ond day I took 2 activated charcoal capsules for gas, and I ended up spending a lot of time in the bathroom that day. By that evening, I realized that my stomach was flat again! I figured that the charcoal had detoxified my system!! I will continue to take the charcoal once or twice weekly now. I am extremely happy with the results!!
Posted by The Real Will (Pittsburgh) on 09/04/2015
I have been on a weight loss plan (diet and exercise) for the past 8 months, losing weight slowly and steadily. I had been taking a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with dinner for months as a general tonic. After reading all of the great things that ACV can do here on EC, I upped the dose to 2 tablespoons in a glass of water, several times a day (3 to 4 time a day). I started to feel it in my teeth at that dose, so I recalled reading on Earth Clinic that adding baking soda to the ACV will help prevent the wearing down of the enamel on the teeth, but won't diminish the effectiveness of the ACV. So I started adding a little baking soda (I mean a little...I used the handle of the measuring spoon to scoop a little out...I'm guessing about 1/8 teaspoon or less).
Since I had been dieting already, weighing and measuring my food, and nothing had changed, and I know what kind of weight loss to expect, I was surprised at a sudden loss of fat around my midsection. I was trying to figure out what caused the sudden drop and the only thing different was the addition of the baking soda (I had been taking the ACV for months already, and the increased dose for weeks). So I kept taking the baking soda and I continue to have faster weight loss results with the baking soda, although it has only been a few weeks. For people already dieting, I think that taking a little baking soda, or baking soda with ACV is a worthwhile addition to your plan. I would take more, but I actually like the taste of ACV and I don't want to eliminate the flavor entirely. :)
In the last 8 months, I lost about 35 pounds, but an additional 3 pounds in the past week and a half. I lost 7 inches off my waist during that time, and an additional 1/2 inch in the past week and a half. Results are supposed to slow down, not accelerate, the longer you are on a diet plan. Not too bad for a 49 y.o. guy. I may try adding more baking soda by itself (as to not ruin the flavor of my ACV.).
Posted by Ds (Melbourne, Australia) on 10/26/2012
Hello Ted and everybody out there. I have been using apple cider vinegar with mother for the last two weeks. Didn't see any dramatic results but I do feel much much better if that make sense and I do want to continue taking it. I started taking with honey then with black strap molasses but after reading all the comments that it make u gain weight so I stopped it and start taking on its own with straw but I could feel its going to wreck my tooth enamel. So now for the the last three days I have been start taking it with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda two times a day before lunch and dinner and I found it is easy to drink with it and I didnt feel any sensitivity in my teeth.
So my question is should keep taking ACV with baking soda to protect my teeth from erosion or does it anyway and how many times in a day you have to take it for weight loss
So does Apple Cider Vinegar baking soda help you to loose to weight or only apple cider vinegar taken on its own help more to lose weight.
Please please please clear my doubts I want to continue taking it without worrying about my teeth.
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Posted by Derek (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) on 05/25/2012
Hello, I just found this site and Im blown away with everything ACV can do in any concoction. I'm trying to lose some weight, I have a wedding coming up! I have started drinking 2 table spoons of ACV with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. I try to drink it three times a day, (1/2 hour before a meal), but mostly just before breakfast and dinner. I work outside all day and sweat alot. I drink alot of water. Im worried that im just flushing everything out of my body with the amount of water I drink in a day. Does anyone have a suggestions?
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Posted by Gg (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) on 11/16/2009
I thought it was time to share my positive feedback on weight loss through drinking Apple Cider Vinegar and Bicarb Soda (sodium bicarbonate).
I'm 28 and have been taking the pill for about 5 years and recently decided I should have a break. I had gained a couple of extra kilos over the years that became increasingly hard to shift. Every year it was only a little bit but it all adds up, and like my dad says, half a kilo a year = very overweight by the time you're in your 50's! I'd always been very slim and didn't tend to put on weight, despite the fact I used to "eat for Australia" -- much to most people's jealousy. I could basically eat whatever I liked at whatever time of day. I eventually just attributed the cellulite and extra "puppy fat" to getting older and gave up trying to get back to my late teenage size. We're only talking about a size and a half bigger here but it was the fact that I just COULDN'T get rid of the fat that got me down. I was also having major migraines around the time of menstruation and the pill I was taking was really expensive, so I decided to have a break, I figured it would do me good.
Immediately the fat started dropping off! This was bitter-sweet for me, as it confirmed my suspicions but it also meant I was always going to have to deal with the extra kilos if I wanted to avoid "oops" children (other contraception didn't work well for me).
Eventually I had such bad skin problems (I guess it was like a "withdrawal"?) that I started back on it. But I'd effortlessly dropped almost 2 sizes and was able to get back into old jeans I'd given up on, all whilst eating like I used to - it was so liberating! I was chuffed!
Before I started taking the BC pill again I started with a regimen of ACV twice a day. I've been using it on and off for about a year and found it kept colds and flu at bay, helped me get better quicker and relieved a lot of muscle cramps I get from sitting at a computer all day. NOT to mention the candida probs it helps fix! I am a chronic thrush sufferer and the best "help" I've been able to get from the medical community is "Oh well, some women are just prone to it". YAY! Coming from a male doctor. Ie. "Just deal with it". If you suffer this problem you will know what I mean when I say it can make you beside yourself, on an emotional level, when you can't stop it, get rid of it or even enjoy eating any of the foods you like. And the discomfort of being incredibly itchy ALL the time! Anyway that's a post for the "candida" part of this website. :-) Suffice it to say ACV keeps things in my digestive tract fairly under control, even when I eat known "aggravators".
So I started having 2 Tbsp with about a level tsp of bicarb each morning and evening (for thrush at that stage). I have been back on the pill for a month and a half AND I've been eating all the wrong foods (ie. Pasta, bread, some snacks, pastries and sugary treats at the movies) and my weight remains the same. I'm very surprised. I've found I have a lot more freedom in what I can eat without suffering weight-gain or side effects of digestive complaints. I've also started using it on my face as a toner at night after I cleanse - it was the only thing that helped clear up the massive acne outbreak I had when I went off the pill. I use it straight and apply with a cotton pad, then rinse off after about 20 seconds. Stings a bit but you know it's working!
I can't say enough good things about ACV!
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Posted by Juliette (Durban, Kwazulu-natal, South Africa) on 08/18/2009
Hi Earth Clinic,
I stumbled across your site afew weeks ago and thank you for an absolute treasure trove of info and remedies. I've been taking acv for about a week now, but am confused about combining it with baking soda. Do you mean bicarbonate of soda or baking powder? And what amount can be safely used?
Thanks again for a fantastic site.
KZN, South Africa