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Lollipop diet
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Sounds perfect- dropping pounds by eating candy.

More and more people say it's no joke- but, rather the new way to lick weight problemsďż˝ literally!

All it takes: some special lollipops.

Is the promise too good to be true�or a dream come true?


Terre Leveton and her husband Bennett had great success with the lollipops.


Terre Leveton, Lollipop dieter:


"I lost between 10 and 15 pounds every month. I've gone from a 2x down to a 6."


Dr. Bennett Alberts, Lollipop dieter:


"I can breathe easier. I can bend over to tie my shoes."


Combined, the two dropped a whopping one hundred and seventy five pounds. How? They claim they simply became suckers for these suckers!


Terre Leveton:


"You don't have to cut out any foods that you want to eat or like to eat. It takes away your appetite."


That's right. All you do is suck on a pop and drink a little water about a half hour before each meal or when you're hungry.

Terre and Bennett swear by 'slim pops.'


Russ DeVan, SlimPops:


"It's as simple as just licking and sucking a lollipop, which almost no one needs any instruction on."


Michael Wenniger, Power Pops:


"We've seen all different types of weight loss. 14 pounds within a couple weeks."


So, what makes them different from any 'ol lollipops? Both brands contain a dietary supplement called citrimax and a caffeine-like substance called guarana.


Michael Wenniger, Power Pops:


"The guarana and citrimax together will actually dissolve and break down fat cells."


Not everyone is sold. Susan Smolinske led a study on the health effects of dietary supplements. She says it's important for users to know what guarana is.


Susan Smolinske, PhD, Poison Control Expert:


"In the natural state, guarana has about five times as much caffeine per pound as does coffee. Large amounts of caffeine will raise blood pressure, so patients with hypertension who would take five or six of these lollipops a day, would be at risk."


Leyla Kellog isn't concerned. She says she's never felt better. She credits power pops with her 75-pound weight loss, and she's not stopping now.


Leyla Kellog, Dieter:


"I was like holey, I mean, this is working. I was satisfied with a less portion then I used to eat."


Obesity expert Franca Alphin is with Duke University. She says there's conflicting research about these supplements and appetite control, so more studies need to be done. But she believes any pop may actually do the trick.


Franca Alphin, Dietitian:


"What you're doing with a lollipop is manually you're doing something, and we know that eating is not just about consuming food, it has to do with chewing, it has to do with texture satisfaction, and a lot of other things."


But believers say they get an extra pop from these pops, and they plan to stick with the sweetest solution they've ever found.


By the way, the companies say these pops are not meant for kids. Experts say if you use the candy, you should keep them out of reach of children.

As with all supplement products, they are not regulated by the FDA.


The lollipops cost about a dollar each and come in a variety of gourmet flavors.


You can get them at either power- pops.com or goodpops.com.


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