We've lost count of the number of times we've said we're going to lose weight in January, especially after a particularly excessive Christmas and New Year food and drinks wise. But the going is always tough. So what about products that help you slim, we wondered?
There is, of course, a multitude of pills, potions and gadgets you can spend your hard-earned cash on, especially at this time of year. So we've rounded up some of the most interesting ones from 2010, as well as some that are new this year. We can't guarantee they will produce results, however. So if you do try any of them, we'd love to know if they worked for you...
Slimming products of 2010
Why? It's all down to the so-called thermogenic ingredients, including green tea, caffeine and the amino acid l-carnitine.
Priced £1.59 per can and available at Holland and Barrett.
Fibretrim includes herbal extracts such as chicory root, which contains a type of soluble fibre called inulin (the idea being that the fibre helps fill you up before you eat).
Get it from fibretrim.com, priced £24.95 for 20 sachets.
fibretrim.com, priced £24.95 for 20 sachets.
So when you get a sugar craving, you just start kneading. Even the colour of the dough (blue) is designed to alleviate the anxiety associated with dieting.
At just £4.99, it could be worth a try (available from Boots).
It sends transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) pulses to acupressure points in your earlobes to increase your level of the feel-good hormone serotonin. As a result, your stomach relaxes and you feel less hungry.
Fancy giving it a try? Buy it from stressnomore.co.uk - but start saving now, as it costs £99.99.
It also includes metabolism-boosting l-carnitine and green tea extract, and is available from Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose and Tesco, priced from £1.79.
During January Tesco is selling it for £1 a bottle (or you can buy one and get one free this month at Waitrose).
At £12 a pair, they're about the same price as ordinary leggings, so what's not to like? Buy them from damart.co.uk.
But now there's Capsilite, capsaicin in pill form - just one capsule a day helps your body burn 280 extra calories, or so the makers claim.
If you want to try them, they cost £29.99 for a month's supply from capsilite.com.
It contains a herb called DimaPlanta, which the makers reckon helps your body get rid of excess fat and excess water, so you're left with a more toned bod.
The cost is £33 for 15 10ml doses.
At least those are the claims the product makes. The ingredients - including green tea and coffee, bitter orange peel, caffeine and cayenne - are all thought to boost metabolism, so there could be something in it.
Priced £44.95 for 100 capsules from Holland and Barrett.
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