Chia Seed Diet Review

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The Chia Seed Diet is not a formal weight loss plan, but one that anyone can follow by ordering chia seeds. Chia seeds were all the rage years ago when they were marketed as part of the Chia Pet novelty. The seeds were rubbed on a shape and watered. When the chia seeds grew, they created “hair” on the pet. Today, the Chia Seed Diet uses these same seeds to increase weight loss. Claims that chia seeds increase weight loss come from various sources including Dr. Andrew Weil.

List of Ingredients

Chia Seeds.

Product Features

The Chia Seed Diet uses the seeds of the Salvia hispanica plant. The seeds contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and are antioxidant rich. The fiber rich seeds contain nearly seven grams of fiber in every 25 gram serving of chia seeds.

When chia seeds are placed in a bowl of water, they absorb water and create a gel-like substance. According to some theories, this is how the Chia Seed Diet works to improve weight loss. If the seeds were to expand in the stomach, they could create a feeling of fullness and thus reduce the number of calories eaten. Another theory states that the Chia Seed Diet helps to regulate blood sugar levels and thus curb hunger in that way.

There are plenty of theories out there as to why the Chia Seed Diet is going to help the dieter, but none of these theories is backed up with clinical proof. We tend to support supplements and products that are proven, however, chia seeds could be the exception. As is the case with seeds like chia seeds and flax seeds, their health benefits are clear based on their natural properties. The antioxidant and fiber benefits are well worth adding some chia seeds to a salad with dinner and no characteristics of the chia seed lead us to believe there would be an interaction with a natural, proven weight loss supplement if taken together.

Chia seeds sell online at various trusted websites. Prices range from $7.99 to $13.99 per pounds or more. There are also various varieties including white chia seeds and organic chia seeds.

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Advantages

  • The Chia Seed Diet is high in fiber and antioxidants.
  • Great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Inexpensive source of improved health.
  • May be safely taken with a proven fat burner.

Disadvantages

  • Will not increase fat burn.
  • Appetite suppression is more of a theory that proven benefit.

Conclusion

We are all for adding more omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants to the diet. Chia Seed Diet supporters claim appetite suppression, but we suggest eating chia seeds for the overall general health benefit and not the weight loss support. Instead, dieters may want to turn to a proven fat burner for weight loss.

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23 User Reviews about Chia Seed Diet

  • 1
    LuvChia

    I take one tablespoon in a large glass of water add some water enhancer wait till they expand and drink it down. I always have a glass ready to drink in the fridge. I lost 4 lbs the first week. I drink it before each meal. I ride my exercise bike one hour a day. I also drink plenty of water on its own. I am rating chia seed not any kind of book which I have never read.

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    Jennygb

    I started using them in every meal no diet and I lost 25lbs,even working 11hrs a day 6 days a week in a cubical!!!!

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    katie

    I have Crohns disease – is there any reason I should not eat these seeds?

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    Nickie

    I have been using Chia seeds for about a weeks and I feel really good. I am diabetic and it has helped me with my blood sugar a lot!!

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    MG

    I have been on the chia seed diet for a week now. I drink smoothies in the morning eat a good lunch and then a smoothie at night and eat some almonds for a snack in between. I have lose 4 pounds but i don’t know if it is water weight or these seeds really work. It does regulate me. good luck to everyone who is trying it!!!!!!

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    kb

    I was wondering if those of you using this product, have all of you experienced any issues with your BM’s? Does it regulate you? Or is it non affective?

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    A

    I suffered from constipation and started drinking chia seeds in my water and it fixes the problem!

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    Your Name

    chia seeds cause intestinal blockage that’s fatal !!! I went into toxic shock …and the seeds are still passing ,its been 4 mos, chia seeds stay in your body 3-6 mos and wild chia seeds even longer :(

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    Emelle

    Are the seeds at the Bulk Barn any good?

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    Elizabeth

    Reports say Chia seeds have a very long shelf life and will last up to five years without going rancid. I get mine at Whole Foods. I have been using them for a week in smoothies. I havent lost any weight, but I do feel more energetic and I have been able to stretch out the time between meals and snacks without feeling starving.. I am going to up the amount of chia I eat. I have found that with the chia smoothies, I do not crave any desert. I have been using fruit, Greek yoghurt, coconut or almond milk and 2 tablespoons of chia in my nutri-bullet.

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    Chichi O

    I got mine from bulk Barn, and I got the ground one. I have had it for a week only and im noticing I have better energy when I wake up every morning. I also slepps better. I drink it in water or yoghurt for now

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    Anonymous

    I have been taking them for 3 days now and eat a tablespoon at before every meal..usually in oatmeal for breakfast, applesauce before lunch and supper. They dont seems to get a gooey in these items as they do in water. My energy is definately up, no weight loss to report..but I am hopeful!

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    Val

    I bought Chia Seeds from a health food site off Amazon. I made sure the store was legit, and the seeds were black seeds and whole. I take 2 tbsp twice a day, straight with a spoon and down with a glass of water. Can’t stand the goo after seeds are soaked. After 30 min, I feel full for 6-8 hours. I lose 1/2 a lb per day, every day. They do work, I don’t have any side effects, no dehydration. I drink plenty of water. I have noticed that my mood has changed dramatically-haven’t felt this good in years!

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    Maddie

    I read an article about Chia Seeds in the latest Women’s World magazine and I ran out to buy it today. I can’t wait to try it tomorrow morning. Thanks for sharing your experience with it. Good luck with it! :-)

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    alice

    Maddie I saw this today and was wondering if it really works you will have to let me know if it helps with hunger and how much weight you loose

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  • 9
    DONA

    WHERE CAN I BUY THIS PRODUCT?

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    Marymm

    I bought chia seed in capsule form online…it’s very plentiful everywhere. I haven’t really noticed much difference, but continue to use it. For those looking to lose weight, stay away from processed food in the grocery store, stop fast food restaurant eating, and be aware of all you are putting into your mouth. Be active, move around, and stay busy enough so you’re not bored enough to snack. Drink plenty of water…use crystal lite if you don’t like plain water. There is no miracle pill for weight loss…it’s the life style change in eating habits that will help you to lose weight. Be healthy.

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  • 10
    liz

    Do I have to eat it on everything?

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    Anonymous

    No…I put mine on whatever I am having for breakfast. Just sprinkle a couple of tablespoons on. Doesn’t have much taste, but does give a really cool crunch.
    It makes my fingernails grow and helps my hair!

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  • 11
    Stephen

    How longg on a daily consumption of Chia seeds will I begin to feel better? And How will I feel better?

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    Anonymous

    Chia seeds are working well for me. In all the reviews I have read, I have not found any male reviewers that have felt good after taking the seeds. I am not sure if men and women have a different tolerance for the seeds. Not many reviewers have really communicated about things like how they ingested the seeds, if they hydrated enough, dietary habits. I will have to keep reading.

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    Anonymous

    I thing guys just aren’t as naive and probably aren’t spending $15/lb on seeds.

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  • 12
    Kara

    Chia can dehydrate you since it absorbs water. The way this information is presented makes it sound like you should take the chia by itself and let it expand in the stomach, thereby reducing hunger. Since it absorbs 8x its weight in water, dehydration is a serious concern.

    For diet concerns, chia ends up taking the same space whether it’s pre-soaked or not. It’s a matter of where the water comes from.

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