The Jersey Shore’s infamous pint-sized guidette is hailing Zantrex-3 diet pills as the secret to her recent slim down — a promo that diet docs are calling “outrageous” and potentially dangerous.
While shooting the most recent season of The Jersey Shore in Italy, Snooki dropped 17 pounds from her 4’9″ frame. Though her twitter feed at first suggested that she was doing it the old fashioned way, with daily tweets referencing her gym routine, her cut backs on food and alcohol and her new love affair with water, the reality show celeb announced recently in a YouTube promo of the over-the-counter drug that she also had the help of twice daily Zantrex-3 diet pills before she exercises to give her “energy to work out.”
Zantrex-3 is an amphetamine-free diet drug that consists of a number of herbs such as yerba mate, green tea, guarana, and just plain old caffeine. The overall effect of the drug seems to be the caffeine, and the drug safety information warns against combining the pills with other “caffeine-containing medications, foods or beverages because too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness and occasionally, rapid heartbeat.”
Snooki-geared promotion on Zantrex-3’s website notes that Snooki is slated to be the national spokesperson for Zantrex’s “extreme energy” pill, Zantrex-3 Fat Burner. “One of my followers asked if I was a paid spokesperson for zantrex…yes haven’t you seen the ads in Star?” she tweeted on Sept. 27.
Calls made to Zoller Laboratories, makers of Zantrex-3, for comment were not immediately returned.
Diet experts are non-too-pleased over this recent form of celebrity diet pill promotion — especially since Snooki is advocating using this caffeine-containing pill right before rigorous exercise.
“This is outrageous. It’s a perfect example of bad endorsement. It’s a quick fix, potentially a dangerous one, and celebs may have a high profile, but they’re often not very credible sources,” says Dr Keith Ayoob, associate professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Considering Zantrex-3 is known to raise heart rate in some cases, Dr. Carl Lavie, Director of the Stress Testing Lab at John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute notes that exercising on this pill could be bad for the heart.
“For young, healthy people, a small to modest dose of caffeine should not be very risky, but even in young people, bur more so in older with underlying heart disease, high doses of caffeine can cause a number of bad heart rhythm,” he says.
Doctors’ fears concerning Zantrex-3 also centered on the fact that the drug is over-the-counter and billed as a “supplement,” which means it is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
“The primary issue here is that the potential consequences of taking these OTC concoctions is a complete unknown since they are not tested for safety, efficacy or even to ensure they contain what they say they do in the amounts on the label,” says Martin Binks, Clinical Director and CEO of Binks Behavioral Health PLLC.
This means that the amount of caffeine or other substances in the Zantrex pill could vary from pill to pill, bottle to bottle.
“Perhaps the Snookies of the world should consider moderating alcohol and eating a balanced and nutritionally sound diet to enhance their workouts,” he says.
– Guys please don’t go out and buy whatever your favorite celeb is promoting! It’s all false advertisement for money. First off, Snookie did loose weight but she did a while ago and it isn’t a dramatic weight loss. She did so many interviews saying she it was because of eating healthy, cutting back on alcohol and hiring a trainer. Now all of the sudden it’s because of diet pills. Zantrex, like any other company used this opportunity to use her for her fame, they know she is one of the biggest celebs out right now so it would be the best publicity for them, so they used her weight loss for their gain. Just like what Quicktrim did with the Kardashians. They don’t use that stuff, they promote it for millions of dollars and get you to believe it works while promoting endless other products, they have a huge naive following.How do you promote diet supplements one day and the next praise a healthy lifestyle and exercising and have fitness DVDs?
There are no diet pills that work and if you found one that does it isn’t healthy for you, it messed up your whole body and you will gain it all back in no time; it’s all so bad for you! Just eat healthy, exercise, don’t deprive yourself and eat in proportion…it sounds so cliché, trust me know I got tired of hearing it and wouldn’t believe when people would say that. But it honestly has been working for me. I don’t like going to the gym, I have to be in the mood for it. I go once, sometimes three times a week but I stopped starving, depriving myself and cut back on a lot of carbs and I still indulge in my favorite fatty foods every few fays in small doses and have been drinking a lot of green tea, I have Thyroid so its hard for me to loose weight because the disease makes me gain weight but I managed to loose 11 pounds in one month. I will write a post about what has worked for me later this week. You can’t be easily influenced by these celebs that do anything for a paycheck and manipulate you and by advertisements that are photo-shopped. So please don’t buy this and believe it. Already 4 girls have been reported hospitalized and I am sure there is m any more! Also! Don’t believe the positive reviews they are fake and coming from the company.