Fat burning beads are banned

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There has been a victory for the advocates of a rational approach to health and fitness this week, as a company that had been marketing fitness beads has been forced to stop marketing its snake oil in the UK.

The company claimed that wearing fat burning beads caused automatic weight loss. The company was preying on people who were overweight and willing to try anything other than strict diet and exercise to trim the fat down. In one advert the company claimed that Accu-Slim Beads worked “faster than total starvation”.

The beads are placed behind the ears, and this is supposed to magically melt fat. The company behind the fat burning beads is Global DM Licensing, based in Hong Kong. They have promised to stop mailing their product to UK addresses. Whether or not the Office of Fair Trading can prevent them from operating under a different name is not clear.

The company used the principals of Chinese medicine and acupuncture to help market its magic beads. They claimed that the beads manipulated acupuncture points behind the ear, which induced fat burning without diets, exercise or effort, and that customers could lose 30 pounds (15kg) of fat in one month, just by wearing the beads.

Alternative medicine does have some useful tools and remedies, which can help relieve stress and tension as well as treat some minor conditions, but there are no remedies for being overweight, other than changing diet and exercising.


Mike Haley from the Office of Fair Trading reports that “Every year thousands of people fall victim to misleading claims about products that promise weight loss without exercise or dieting”.

When it comes to fitness and weight loss, the best advice and help on the Internet is almost always free. The will to succeed and the knowledge of how to do it, are all that is required. Gimmicks, fads and magic marbles will not get our nation fit again – sweat and tears will though.

Please note: The company is now selling its beads under the name accu-trim.

Learn more on OFT: OFT stops misleading claims regarding ‘fat burning beads’ (15 July 2008)

OFT (The Office of Fair Trading) is a government body in the UK which protects consumers and regulates business advertising.

  166 comments for “Fat burning beads are banned

  1. Tonya Pannell
    February 26, 2009 at 6:37 am

    I received the ad about the beads and i am to curious if they work???

  2. MotleyHealth
    February 26, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Tonya, they are just beads, and nothing more. They are not magic or mystical, they will do nothing to make you lose weight. A healthy diet and regular exercise are the only healthy ways to lose weight.

  3. joy walker
    February 27, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I just received the ad myself .. I suffer from severe hypothyroidism,cfs,FM,idiopathic edema along with mild chf,I’m only 39..use to be very athletic,fit and full of energy now with a 125lb wt gain, I’m mentally and phyically depressed, you tend to grab at anything to lose the weight when diet and exercise fails.

  4. MotleyHealth
    February 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Joy, that is why we are here – so that you do not “grab at anything to lose weight”. The beads will not help you any more than wearing pink socks will. If you are receiving adverts by mail, this is just automated junk mail being sent to you. Delete those mails, do not read them, they prey on people that are desperate.

    Although we are not experts in your condition, we can give you encouragement to exercise and advice on healthy eating. We wish you the best of luck, but please, do not waste your money on the beads (unless they are especially pretty, and better value than your local jewellers).

  5. sandi
    March 5, 2009 at 9:24 am


  6. MotleyHealth
    March 5, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Sandi, it is really pleasing to know that we can make a difference. 15 pounds can be easy to shift if you do some good exercise and eat healthy. Aim to lose 2 pounds a week and by May you will have hit your target. Get active, eat sensibly!

  7. nikki
    March 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I received this flyer too, and I don’t understand if it doesn’t work than why do they offer your money back no questions asked? It even states that their guarantee is for a lifetime, so if this is the case, and they don’t work, then everyone would be getting their money back, and they wouldn’t make a dime? Just doesn’t make any sense to me, have any of you tried these beads and can tell me from personal experience that they really do not work?

  8. MotleyHealth
    March 9, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Nikki, I can only guess that they rely on the fact that a majority of people do not request their money back. They probably offer a money back guarantee to build trust.

    “Research commissioned by the OFT (Office of Fair Trading) involving 11,200 interviews found that an estimated 200,000 UK consumers fall victim to misleading miracle health and slimming cure claims every year, losing around £20 million.” http://www.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/2008/83-08

    Can 200,000 people be wrong?

  9. Robin
    March 23, 2009 at 4:09 am

    There are a lot of products out there that do not work but for some maybe it might work. But as some one said exercise and healthy eating always works. I cannot exercise at the pace I once could I am much older and I have a bad knee.This product is non-invasive and not anything I have to ingest so I have ordered it if it does not work no big deal I will get my money back I always do and I will continue doing that amount of exercise that I can along with healthy eating.If it works even a little I will be happy.At least I have not given up , I am size 12 and I would be much better off if I were a size 8-10 . I will never stop trying to improve,one of these gimmicks just might work.

  10. MotleyHealth
    March 24, 2009 at 12:48 am

    The big question is really – will you get your money back once you realise that it is not working? Some people actually put weight on with these crazy gimmicks, as they believe that they no longer have to make any effort to look after their own health.

  11. Robin
    March 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Well two days ago I went to Google to seek out information on the subject of Auricular Acupuncture and its affect on weight reduction.
    man it was a ton of information on how Acupuncture is being used on obese patients. Those with a BMI> than 26 ( I think a BMI of 25 is the ideal #. For patients with a BMI of 30 is considered Obese. There were numerous studies done on this and what the studies showed was when someone was mildly obese (BMI of 27, or to put it another way if you have only about 10-15 or maybe even 20lbs to lose, you will have little or no results. In some of the studies the patients lost just a few pounds.

    The studies I read provided a complete explanation of how the Auricular Acupuncture stimulates the nerve endings and effects the metabolism speeds it up and causes the body to burn the fat which will produce weight loss. I urge anyone that is interested to go to google.com and check out the information, I was interested in non-invasive acupuncture because that is what this Accu-trim uses, I saw information on invasive (using needles) and non-invasive.

    I did not check with Accu-trim for the information I was seeking, I wanted to see if there had really been any research on this and if so how extensive. It is easy to simply say “If it seems to good to be true then it must be”..sometimes that statement may not be true you must do your homework on goods and services. I have found most products out there are junk, but you have to investigate and most people do not want to take the time or effort. There are many forms of acupuncture being used for patients with chronic pain, some forms of cancer and of course Obesity check it out for yourself.

    My BMI is over 30 so I will see what happens I am using it now , time will tell. I have read the information and the way I see it, it should bring me results, even if I get 75% success I will be satisfied.

    Go to: google.com .. Auricular Acupuncture and its affect on weight reduction

  12. MotleyHealth
    March 26, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Robin, please share the research that you found, I would like to review it. There was a study (note, not scientific research) recently on acupuncture, and it determined that the health benefits were actually caused by the placebo effect, and not by manipulating chi in the energy meridians of the body. Of course, further research is required before we can say for sure whether it is all placebo or actually beneficial in a biological way. However, we are no belittling the placebo effect, it is very powerful. Positive thinking really does make people feel better, and destressing can help with physical conditions too.

  13. Martha
    March 27, 2009 at 2:09 am

    I have actually been doing auricular therapy for a little over 5 months. I see a acupuncture therapist once a week, and he puts 5 beads on my ear (for stress, digestion, cravings), 1 near my throat (near your thyroid for metabolism), and 1 on the back of my neck (for sleep). I have lost 50 lbs in about 5 months. When the beads are on my left ear, I lose pounds. When the beads are on my right ear, I lose inches. (And it actually works with no exercise!) However, he also put me on a diet very similar to Atkins or South Beach (low carb).

    I see him each week, and I don’t know for sure if it’s mental or truly beneficial to have the beads. Part of me thinks the fact that I have to weigh in each week helps me stay on track with eating. He has been doing this for 12 years and is well known in my area. He said he has never had a patient that didn’t lose weight on his program.

    It’s hard to say whether or not this would work without the beads because I tend to cheat if I don’t go to my visits like I should. It works for me though, so I will continue. I googled the Accu-trim Beads mostly out of curiosity, like most others. However, I honestly don’t see how anything can work without changing your diet and no exercise. It just doesn’t make sense. And, if they’re offering a refund, how does anyone know if they will actually issue the refund? I’m anxious to hear about results from others because it sounds too good to be true.

  14. ktzg
    March 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Robin – Would you please let us know what you think after you have tried the Accu-Trim Beads. I have about 30 lbs to lose!
    I too am a sucker when it comes to these offers. I even tried the AcaiBurn tablets and with no loss returned it for a full refund. I have the excuses as I am a full-time employee, mother of two with a full schedule. I watch what I eat but seem to gain and gain! I lost 20 lbs on the Nutri-System plan a year ago but gained it all back after I quit the program. (Great program but I got sick of the same foods over & over again and I just can’t get myself to start the program again) Can’t wait to hear from you regarding the Accu-Trim Beads and how they worked for you!

  15. ana
    April 4, 2009 at 3:54 am

    I have tried the accutrim beads for a week and its said that i would loose at least 7 pounds in one week and when i weight myself a week after using the beads i actually gained 3 pounds.. This product does not work DONT BUY IT!!!!!

  16. Sylvina
    April 7, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks for all the info and warnings concerning the beads. I just received the flyer yesterday and in desperation, I was ready to call. I’m glad I thought to research it first. My problem is that I have a hormone imbalance that actually causes weight gain…and I have gained 25 lbs. in the last 2 months, it’s so depressing. On top of that, it also causes Alopecia, so my hair is falling out too. I feel that if I eat healthy to lose weight, my hair will fall out more rapidly. I had lost 100 lbs in 2005 and kept it off for 3 years, but now I’m on the way back up for no apparent reason (except maybe stress). I have a gym membership as well as a fitness center in our community, but no motivation or energy :( Would a placebo help me?

  17. Paula
    April 11, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I too was willing to try the accu-trim beads. I didn’t go online to research it. lol I was looking to get it cheaper than what the flyer said. That is when I ran across this site. I think I will wait and in the mean time go with the acai-berry that Opera had on her show one day. I went to the nutrition store in town and she told me that it has been flying off the shelves. Many had come back for more saying it was helping them to loose the weight. I will bookmark the site here and see what happens with Susan. Good luck all.

  18. MotleyHealth
    April 12, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Paula, great that you saw sense and did not by the beads. But Acai is little more than another marketing ploy. Read more about Acai here.

  19. Kalan
    April 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Robin, I wanted to see if you could provide an update of your experience so far with the Accutrim beads. I also have hormone imbalance issues that make it difficult for me to lose weight despite efforts to exercise and eat well. I have not gained weight but have a very hard time getting it off. I have researched the accupuncture approach and thought it might be worth exploring further. I don’t believe in any “quick fix” from pills and don’t bother taking those routes. I will continue my endeavors of healthy eating and exercise but want to have a baby and would like to lose a little weight before I try to get pregnant to ensure I have healthy pregnancy. I would love to hear from you to see if these beads do indeed work. It would be nice to find some measure that could compliment my current efforts. Thanks.

  20. mariont
    April 19, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    keep up the good work you guys!! i just got the flyer in the mail, and because i want to get a tummy tuck so bad and can’t afford it, and i do have bad knees , so i am not good with the execising, i was on the phone placing an order, and something click telling me to check this out on the website first, i quickly tell the rep i will call in a few mins, then i came on and got the surprise of my life.

  21. Roseroyce
    April 21, 2009 at 9:56 pm


  22. Patricia Rios
    April 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I bought accutrim beads a week ago and i haven’t lost any single pound I called to their 1800 and they told me that normally their customers wait for 15 days to see the results, I’m really confuse i though this will help me, I have to loose 30 pound but Im breastfeeding my baby so…. is there any recommendations for me please!!

  23. MotleyHealth
    April 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Patricia, when breastfeeding it is vital that you maintain a very healthy diet and get plenty of calories too. Focus on eating well, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, pulses and lean meats, fish (allowed ones) and drink plenty of water. Once your baby starts weaning you can start thinking about weight loss again, and also increasing your exercise and reducing calories.

  24. Jackie
    April 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I tried acai berry and it seems to be working two weeks later but i joined curves a workout center also…i just want the weight to come off faster summer is almost here !!!

  25. Jackie
    April 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Have these beads worked for ANYONE??? I really want to try something else…

  26. Mary
    April 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I think that portion control and regular exercise are the key however when doing that and adding the accutrim beads on her right ear, my daughter lost 6 inches in 7 days and was able to wear her size 12 jeans. She ate normally and exercised regularly 3xs that week. ( she eats regular portions of food). The other thing was that she wore one bead for the whole week. It stayed in place even after she showered and she did not remove it at night. I am not sure why you need to replace them daily nor am I sure why you can’t just re-use them. There seems to be no change in the bead itself. I must say that I agree with the doctor that the very best way to loose weight and stay in shape is to eat right and exercise. I also think that accupressue is effective and useful. I will see with a little more time and a few friends using the beads in different ways how they really work. Thank you for all your comments. Perhaps some of you needed to try the beads for 3 weeks along with portion control and exercise. Maybe even switching ears and just experimenting a bit more. Perhaps not everyones metabolisim kicks in right away. Being that accupressure is more of a natural way of stimulating the body it just might take time.

  27. Mady
    April 24, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I did want to make a statement about the beads, and I hope that this gets everybody’s attention before time and money become a factor. I know that the ad says, 7 pounds in a week, they even guarantee that this will happen and the weight will stay off for a life time. Well, I guess that is to be determined. Like most people, I am one that needs to lose a large amount of weight. I have tried every diet known to man and I have exercised like it was going out of style. One thing that people want is results, 7 pounds in a week or less sounds like it would give you results, and it sounds to good to be true.

    Well, I fell into the pitch and I bought the beads. I bought the largest package as well, because I knew how much weight I needed to loose. Well, I did exactly what it says and it will say to press lightly on the bead, (that is placed behind your ear) when you are hungry or feeling hungry. Well, I would do that and the most that I “think” that it might have done was just made you feel fuller or full so you didn’t really have to eat. I would feel full after getting a drink of water. That didn’t seem right.

    Well, I have given it the time to see if the weight would come off and it did not. There was no weight loss or gain, just disappointment beyond belief. I have been in a battle to try and get my money back but just like every company they want to run you through the hoops and try to convince you that you were doing something wrong and it wasn’t their fault or product that could have been the issue. Well, ladies and gentlemen, before you waste your time and your money, please take it from me that this product is simply not worth the heartache. I would say that I have about 100 pounds to lose, give or take a few pounds and this product actually made me feel worse about myself.

    One thing that I do know that works, and this has been working for me, is consistency with exercise and trimming what you eat. Instead of using a large plate when eating, use a saucer plate, don’t go back for seconds, trim out the soda’s, and don’t eat carbs or starches after a certain time of the day. If you have to, get up 30 minutes early out of your day and do some Pilates, (which is very fun and you see results quickly.) There was a man that could only do 10 push-ups a day because of how heavy he was, and now he can do 100 push ups without even loosing his breath. It comes with time and dedication and because of this change in my life, eating healthier foods and getting up that extra 30 minutes, I have already lost 27 pounds.

    I promise you, that there are results and you don’t have to have the mentality that you have to have a pill, liquid or a accu-trim bead to help you. If you want change, you have to be willing to start with the person staring back at you in the mirror. I hope that this has helped you and given you some insight on these beads, eating right, exercising and weight loss.

  28. Donald
    April 25, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Just wanted to let you know I came to the web to see if there was hope for these accu-trim beads looks like a bunch of bull to me and the stupid things cost for 14lbs 74.95 thats half price what a scam I am outraged that Dr.George L. Bingham if he is even a doctor could not find the guy on the web save your money

    April 25, 2009 at 6:06 am

    I am desperate to lose weight, I have a problem with my homones, I gained about 60 pounds with my first baby and 20 with my second. I just received the flyer by mail and I said this is it, it has to work, I was making the phone call and something inside me made me hang up. I was searching in the internet and I saw this information. Thanks a lot for doing this.

  30. Kailey
    April 26, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks Mady! Your post was very inspiring. I too received the flyer in the mail. I always throw that stuff away and think how desperate do they think we are just b.c we’re fat. But today I actually read some of this flyer and even though I knew it was complete garbage a small part of you wants to hope that maybe there is some magic antidote to make you thin. I know wishful thinking. I guess I already knew that the only real way to see results is going to take effort and commitment . That you need to change your lifestyle starting with your diet and exercise. I have been trying for over a year, I lost 30 lbs and now I’m right back where I started. I just feel like it’s been such a struggle after turning 30. But I will try again with all that I have. I need to loose about 70lbs now that I gained the 30 back.

  31. Verne
    April 27, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Ok can someone tell me what is working for them, I was just told by the Dr. that I have a enlarged Thyroid Gland and I have gained 23 pound in about one month can anyone help me with an answer?

  32. MotleyHealth
    April 27, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Verne, the only long term way to lose weight is to manage your current problem. Increased activity and reduced calories. A thyroid problem can be managed. All it means is that you are more likely to gain weight due to a slower metabolism and feelings of lethargy. However, exercise and a healthy diet both boost metabolism and also fight off depression, giving you greater will to work harder.

  33. lori
    April 30, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Verne, I have the same problem I have a slow thyroid and have been so at least since my 30′s I am now just turned 50 this year. You really should look into Armour thyroid and more natural alternative then synthetic thyroid meds. Its really hard to lose weight, you may also have syndrome X along with it considering your weight gain so quickly is such a short time. Most MD’s won’t give you a insulin resistance test because they usually do a diabetes test which doesn’t help us who have normal blood sugar but high insulin levels. Like Motley said good diet, exercise and attitude will all help, but its quite hard to lose weight w/this issue, my naturopath recommends 30 mins cardio 5 x a week. I have to say stress also adds to both of these problems, I have battled a 30lb weight gain since a divorce and pre-nursing school, now working on losing 30 lbs before I begin nursing school so I can have better stamina, health. Good luck

  34. Donna T.
    May 1, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Hi, everyone I too received the flyer, and being desperate to lose at least 100 of my 245 pounds I was tempted to try as well and while looking for the legitimacy of this product I came across this website and I glad I did, because just like everyone else in this country money is scarce and hard to come by for a product not to work. I’ve tried everything within reach and cost and I’m tired of being taken advantage of because of a serious need that I have. The only way that I have lost any weight was with the help of a friend who showed me the truth about my weight, and I started at 285lbs. and now weigh 245. So change the diet, exercise, cut out the sweets and fats and get plenty of rest so the body can help heal itself that’s what works. thanks for listening Donna.

  35. Overweight
    May 1, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Is there a good and fast way for speeding up a fallen (slow) metabolism?

  36. Karen
    May 1, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for being there! I received a flyer in the mail today on the weight loss beads. Have been overweight for years and sad to say haven’t had the willpower to change my eating habits and I hate to exercise. Was almost ready to bite the bullet and send in my money to try it, when something told me to check the internet. Thanks to your site, I found the information I needed. Tore up my flyer immediately. What a scam…that little voice inside told me it probably was, but sometimes our desperation overcomes good sense. Thanks again to you and all the good people who wrote in concerning their own experiences.

  37. airheart
    May 1, 2009 at 1:42 am

    I didn’t see all this negative feedback until after I’d ordered the beads, and I just received them today. What troubles me is that there are almost no instructions. It says “place behind the ear above the ear lobe”….does that mean on the part that has cartilage, or on the upper part of the lobe? Should it be the right ear or left ear?

    And I, too, wonder why the beads have to be changed everyday when it’s the pressure that’s supposed to do the trick, not the release of anything that’s on the tab.

    I joined a gym two months ago, and despite heavy workouts three times a week I’ve GAINED about ten pounds. I had hoped to lose ten, now I have to lose twenty. I am juicing, watching my portions, etc. I’m afraid menopause is setting in.

    So I’m trying the beads and crossing my fingers that I’ll get my money back if they don’t help.

  38. airheart
    May 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Verne, just wanted to say that for your thyroid/weight gain problem, daily yoga may be the answer. The simple daily Maharishi Ayurveda yoga routine is designed to improve circulation, digestion and help with thyroid function. You can find it at any book store. No matter what your level of fitness is, you can manage it.

  39. MotleyHealth
    May 1, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Yes. Exercise first, and eat foods that increase your metabolism. Exercising has an almost immediate effect. Building muscle has an ongoing effect. A healthy diet can help too.

  40. MotleyHealth
    May 1, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Airheart, you may have gained weight because you were building more muscle. For people that are carrying extra weight, this increases the weight bearing effect of exercise, so lunges and squats for example are likely to result in muscle growth in the legs and thighs, thus you gain weight. But this is healthy weight, and it helps burn fat too. I cannot advise on where you should the beads, other than in the bin!

  41. Amanda
    May 2, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I was filling out the form to order this ridiculous product. I don’t have the money to be throwing it away on scams that don’t work. What about these ads that are listed below, like the 9 lbs. in 11 days? Long-story-short: I gained weight to be unattractive because of so many failed relationships. Now that I’m getting older, I’m finding that being about 120 lbs. overweight is affecting my health in worse ways that I imagined (and that I was completely stupid for doing such a thing). If I’m dieting, I’m staying put with my weight. If I don’t diet, I’m gaining weight. Help?

  42. natalie
    May 7, 2009 at 1:46 am

    I made the mistake of ordering these beads, accu-trim, and well yes they really haven’t done anything. i have called the company and am going to send back the remaining beads for my refund, we shall see if they keep their word. also I would like to add, I too was quite confused by the diagram showing where to place them, it is quite vague and all the acupressure diagrams that i have seen all show the pressure points in the front and not the back, so that got me even more confused. I just have to say i tried them solely because of the money back guarantee, and i am sad that they didn’t work.

  43. Jacqui
    May 9, 2009 at 12:19 am

    I too have been working on losing weight and got the flyer about the accutrim beads, lol, but decided it sounded ridiculous. Only one thing has helped me lose my first 35 lbs of the 100 I plan to lose and that is Michael Thurmonds weight loss thing which I first saw on TV, then I checked out his website where I took a test ONLINE for FREE and they tell you your body type, (based on endomorph, ectomorph and mesomorph body types) then they give you the foods that will speed up YOUR particular body type (everyone is different) and it DOES work. I have been losing a pound a day for over 30 days and recommending to my friends who have also had great results with it, and I would recommend this type of eating more (6 X a day) and exercising less to anyone. It is much cheaper for me (1X price of about $129 for his kit) to learn how to make my own food than to order from Jenny Craig or Nutri Systems which costs at least $300 a month. Yeah the operator tried to sell me all the extras when I ordered but I didnt get them, I just got the basic package. And Thurmonds plan is a life change in eating habits that I plan to continue for the rest of my life, bc its healthy for people who have a family hx of heart and stroke probs. This is not just a diet or a bead, lol. And I tried the berrys that were on Oprah and I didnt lose any weight but I did spend more time in the bathroom and I think it cleaned out my system, smiles

  44. crazycarl
    May 15, 2009 at 6:58 am

    i just ordered the accutrim beads out of desperation because i needed to lose wieght for the army if they do not help me at all and they play around with money i am going to take them to court and get my moneys worth out of this. They said on the phone that i could have it back in my account in 24 hours….they better

  45. Juliet
    May 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Yes they do work!!!!!
    The first week I had them I lost 11 pound, everyweek after that I lost in between 5-8 pounds…
    Just diet and do some cardio.. I did the Biggest Loser video workout and trust me it will have u in shape…

  46. MotleyHealth
    May 22, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Juliet, you say that the beads work, but you also did cardio, went on a diet, and bought the Biggest Loser video workout. Maybe the beads did not play a role in your weight loss?

  47. Christine
    May 24, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I ordered the beads and and started wearing 1 yesterday. I was a little puzzled too that there didn’t seem to be any instructions just a picture of putting the bead in the back of the ear over the lobe. It said remove before you go to bed but I was getting ready for bed and since it also said it increases blood & oxygen flow to areas in the body and I’m diabetic with foot neuropathy (decreased circulation in the feet) I thought I would wear it while I was sleeping. I put it on and it felt great, like I had a runner’s high. I went to bed and had the best sleep I’ve had in years. When I woke up there was no pain anywhere which was quite amazing because I usually wake up with a sore back. So I wore it for most of the day and felt great and then started to get worried and took it off for 6 hours. Then I tried it on my right ear and it didn’t do the same thing. All my aches and pains came back so I put it back on my left ear. I felt great again. I walked the dogs for 2 hours and I felt like I was sixteen again even though I am 51 and am very happy. So then I started to worry again that this was maybe addicting. I can see how you would lose weight because you just want to wear this and feel good and could care less about eating. So I went to the Internet to try and research this and couldn’t find anywhere else but this website. I couldn’t find anything on the web about Dr Bingham either. So I am still wearing the bead and still feel good. I don’t know about the weight loss yet but I’ll keep you informed. If any knows about any bad side effects let me know.

  48. Linda Wilson
    May 25, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I have been given the beads so I’d like to try them but where behind the ear do I put them? One ear or both earsw?

  49. MotleyHealth
    May 25, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Linda, I really could not say. Somewhere out of site is probably best…

  50. Mia
    May 25, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I have been reading all these comments and I have to add my story. I know 4 women who have completed the bead diet with amazing success loosing on average 4 pounds a week. They have NOT ordered their beads off the internet, taped them randomly to the back of their ears and gone about life as usual expecting a miracle! Come on everyone think about it, how would that work?
    What they have done is booked an orientation with a doctor, had him place the beads on the appropriate pressure point(and believe me they have all been extremely skeptical about this) and then spent an hour listening and making notes on how this diet really works and why.
    The doctor explains that for 2 days nothing but whole milk is allowed there is an amount restriction and it can be taken in the form of cottage cheese, yoghurt or just as a shake blended with ice. Then the next 2 days its veggies and fruit again there is an amount restriction. Certain flavor aids can be used like garlic salt and on milk days “no sugar” syrups etc. You must keep yourself hydrated no sugar ice tea etc or preferably water, green tea is allowed as is coffee. Now one of the most important things is that you are only allowed to eat between 12 noon and 6pm you can drink anytime.
    Every odd hour on the hour you rub circles over the beads 35 rotations at the same time and this is supposed to “trick” your body into thinking that its not starving and so therefore when you do eat it does not store the food and turn it into fat the way most crash diets do.
    So I have been a lifelong dieter and have had great success many times with weight watchers, atkins, south beach, nutri systems, and even slimfast at the crazy age of 11 years old! But once my weight has gone I everytime become complacent and before you know it its back and the last 10 pounds always seems to come back overnight!!
    So I know that when I stick to something I can do it and lets face it every diet works if you do it properly and for some time and you exercise. I am intrigued by this diet because the careful chemical balance seems to result in very quick weight loss and so the level of boredom that I get to after 8 weeks( and give up) this time I will probably be at goal, and I think the drastic change in your body that you see weekly(every time you go back to get weighed and for new beads on different pressure points) keeps you motivated…..there was nothing worse than weekly Weight watcher meeting after a “good” week seeing no change on the scale…and coming home looking for a bagel!
    So that is the theory and so I signed up and started the diet on Saturday with the milk day. There is no other way to describe it other than “brutal” it takes such a lot of discipline and its only for those who want to loose weight more than anything, and certainly not for anyone who has the notion that its a miracle or magic fix. Because of my ability to get into diet zone and succeed before I know that I have the will power (my issue comes later on) but its very hard at 6pm feeling hungry knowing that you won’t be eating again until noon the next day….. we go to bed late and that may have to change.
    So thats it in a nut shell, I’m told by all my now skinny friends that it gets better and than by 4 days in the stimulation of the beads actually helps(probably psychologically) with hunger we will see. I have already lost 5 pounds but that is the initial water weight and detox, the proof to me will be 4 weeks in not 3 days.
    Oh yes forgot to mention…the future…the way you keep it off after transitioning back into real life is to keep an eye on your weight once a week yourself and when you are more than 4 pounds over goal you do 2 milk days and it will come off…..I think maybe the thought of this is why people don’t gain much weight back (at first….it may be a bit like having a baby without pain medication you imagine you’ll never do it again and then the memory fades and number 2 is on its way!)
    So I’ll keep you informed….I’m off now to take a multivitamin and have a glass of room temp. water it fills me up more that way!
    I also want to say that I really think that the best way to loose weight is slowly upping the exercise and sticking to low fat, no
    bad carbs plenty of lean fish and chicken and lots of veggies and some fruit. I needed a quick fix this time and we’ll see if this time next week I’m still able…..I may have eaten my arm off by then!!

  51. Mary C
    May 26, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    There must be something to losing weight from acupuncture. I went to an acturepunturist for several months and she put needles behind my ear. I lost weight and visited her once a week. But since we moved 100 miles away I no longer go to her and have put the weight back on. If accupuncture works why not accupressure on your ear. It seems to me it just might work.

  52. Diane
    May 26, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    I have tried the staples in the ears and you are to wiggle them so many times a day to stimulate the pressure points.. what a joke. The staples are irritating so therefore I took them out. I assumed these beads would do about the same… NOTHING

  53. MotleyHealth
    May 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Mary C, are you sure that nothing else in your life changed after your move? Maybe you eating habits or activity levels changed. Do not assume that the needles were the cause of your weight loss. The fact that you were having some form of treatment is a sign that you were determined to lose weight. Why not try diet and exercise, but leave out the acu?

  54. Mia
    May 28, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    OK, here’s my update…..I know its early days but I’ve lost 8 pounds in 5 days ….I reiterate… you can’t just rub the beads and shovel in what ever you want, you have to follow the very strict diet…. obviously this weight loss will slow down but I am now not hungry…. the first couple of days were really tough, but the whole process is extremely empowering it is giving me a lot of good control. I have lots of energy and fruit and vegetables cleverly seasoned have NEVER tasted so good! I’ll keep updating.

  55. Christine
    May 31, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Ok, it’s been a week since I have been wearing the bead. I have lost 6 pounds and haven’t changed my eating habits. After trial and error for the first two days, I have left the bead on my left ear just above the lobe like in the picture they sent with the bead. I haven’t taken it off since. It stayed on even when I washed my long hair. It stayed on when I blow dried my hair. That was pretty amazing.
    The best thing to me though is I am sleeping great! I work the afternoon shift from 3 pm to 11 pm and sometimes til 3 am. I haven’t slept well in 6 years. I usually sleep til 11 am. Due to the family stirring and I guess due to the daylight or body rhythm, it is hard to get enough sleep. Since I have been wearing the bead, I sleep deeply and wake up refreshed. This is great. I have more energy and feel good.

  56. girl
    June 1, 2009 at 1:13 am

    I think the article is referring to a different bead diet. The one you are on is beaddiet.com

  57. Judy
    June 1, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Wow! I just got this flyer & like everyone else thought, “if only it was true!” I (thank goodness) decided to see if there was any info. on it on the web & came up with this site. Of course, it is disappointing to see it is just another scam, but at least I won’t be wasting my precious few dollars on it. I am taking pre-gastric bypass surgery classes & am praying I will be successful in losing enough weight before it’s over to avoid the surgery. My metabolism is like a slug which is not surprising for needing to lose 140 lbs. Walking & logging every bite I put in my mouth helped me lose over 50 lbs 10 yrs ago. I even did the Avon 3 day (60 mi) walk, but have since put it all back on. Food is a struggle for me, because there are so many things I have trouble eating. Most spices do me in as do onions, dressing, & cauliflower.

  58. Mia
    June 1, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks I got a bit carried away with my blogging to read the whole point of the blog…..maybe its the continual state of hunger that i am in…it kind of came back 2 days ago…..I’m going in the morning for my first weigh in and to get my beads changed and put on another pressure point behind my ear…the doctor says that they should be changed every 7 to 10 days so maybe they have kind of worn out as tomorrow will be day 11….according to my scales I am 11 and half pounds down, I could not do this for very long but I’m enjoying the results….I’ll update later.

  59. Jill
    June 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    I need to do the research on this, but wondered if Robin could update us on trying it.
    I have tried all the diets, and nothing works for long, or you waste the precious calories you are allowed to eat on C@@ppy tasting food you wouldn’t give your dog. I am sooo tired of being big, and sooo tired of hearing “you need to stick to your diet, you need to exercise,don’t eat this, don’t eat that” . Went to the hospital for surgery, and came home weighing 15 pounds more than when I went in!!! Explain that!!!! (I was in for 36 hours) Robin, PLEASE let us know how you do!

  60. Jim
    June 4, 2009 at 7:07 am

    I appreciate everyone’s input on yet another money stealing scam from reprehensible people. I see no reason not to take a small plastic bead and a side of a band-aid and randomly place it on the back of my left ear. This is the actual theory of what accutrim is selling, and I was almost stupid enough to buy them for over a hundred dollars. I think I’ll just keep running, jumping, lifting, and eating fruits/vegetables/legumes all day with a normal dinner to satisfy my cravings. I’m down 15 pounds in two months and getting close to goal, why would I stop and buy this junk? Thanks for the slap in the face.

  61. TERRE
    June 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm


  62. MotleyHealth
    June 6, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Terre, the unfortunate thing about scams, is that not only they do not work, but they are designed to take your money, and rarely give it back.

  63. J.H.
    June 7, 2009 at 5:59 am

    SCAM!!! Can’t find either of the doctors names anywhere on the internet. They will take your money and run. If this worked, everyone in the world would be doing it.

  64. F.R.
    June 7, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I just bought these beads and put it behind my right ear as the instructions say but I have been reading the comments and people are putting it behind the left ear which ear is it? I have been using it for about 5 days behind the right ear and nothing I guess I will try the left ear.

  65. Mia
    June 9, 2009 at 2:49 am

    sorry to hear all these internet bead stories, I’m convinced that a doctor needs to fit them and that you have to stick to a very strict diet for them to work…I’m now down 15 pounds in 17 days and am now hardly hungry, I could not make this my life but the results are breathtaking…I miss my wine but I like the way my body looks …..19 pounds to go.

  66. virginia
    June 22, 2009 at 2:48 am

    I fell for the mailer and ordered the beads.
    I tried them for l4 days with no success. I
    returned the unused balance two months ago and have yet to receive the guaranteed
    refund. I know they received my letters as I have sent them regestered with return receipt. Will probably never receive the refund.

    June 25, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Thank you soooooo much!
    I am so glad I checked Accu-Trim out before I ordered, actually I was going to order earlier today but got interrupted which was a blessing.
    They sure know who to send their offers to.
    I for sure will not be ordering the beads.

    Thanks again

  68. Sandy
    June 25, 2009 at 2:06 am

    I recieved a letter today on Accu-Trim beads. Thought of ordering until I read what you wrote. Can you tell me what you discovered about this offer.

  69. MIAMI
    June 25, 2009 at 6:00 am

    I ordered the beads before checking it out on the internet. I’m expecting them to get here tomorrow. Lets see what happens….
    thank you guys for the feedback…i will keep you posted with my progress, if any!

  70. Karl
    June 26, 2009 at 1:52 am

    If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. My flyer from Accu-trim that I received this morning is headed for the wood stove. Many thanks for the comments from others on this site.

  71. Sandra
    June 26, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I just received my ad in the mail and was going to go for it as I too need to loose weight but after doing some research on this product I am glad I found this website to inform me better that it would have been a waste on money. Thank you to all the people that commented on this product. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. :)

  72. Chanise
    June 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you everyone for your comments about these beads. I received the ad in the mail this week and was almost sold to try the product. But my red flag came when I noticed that there was no webiste to order the product online. If it was a legal and legitimate weight loss program there would be an official website. So keep that in mind for future reference. But if anyone is interested in losing weight the natural and effective way try using herbal teas and I don’t mean green teas. There are tea leaves that you can buy at herbal/african shops and can mix them to get resulrs you want. Try a tea called senna, it really helps move your bowels and drain excess fluid from the body and this is good for women because of our body types

  73. Marie
    June 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Don’t waste your money. sure, it sounds easy. but weight loss isn’t easy. cut the calories to NORMAL portions and exercise. try t-tapp. it’s a great rehab/non impact program that works. it doesn’t matter how in shape or out of shape you are. it works for everyone. it’s isometric and it gets your lymph system working and it improves your posture. Eat less. Eat healthy. If you can walk, walk. Intermitently run. And see how far you can go. I never ran before i started training, but just recently did a half marathon running 3-5 minutes and walking 1 in between. i built up over 5 months. i lost mostly inches, but weight too and improved my blood work. for those with a hormone imbalance, real accupuncture and chinese herbs can help. and going to a licensed accupuncturist is important. my hormones were really out of wack after i had my second child. (girl) crazy menstrual cycle, headaches etc. it’s taken about 6 months but my periods are normal and i’m losing weight easier now. i am working hard and eating healthy, mind you. but i was before and while i was losing weight, it was SLOW. now it’s about 2 lbs a week instead of 2 lbs a month. anyway, that’s my two cents. GOOD LUCK and be smart.

  74. NENA
    June 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I received a flyer in the mail from them the other day and I am so desperate to loose weight before my wedding so without doing any research on it, I called and placed an order (which ran me about $143) they said it was a 100% money back guarantee and the beads would arrive in 3 days. Well it’s been 4 days and no beads. I’m really worried now that I have actually done some research on the product that I’ve been scammed!

  75. sheri
    June 27, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    heres the thing…some of us barely eat, run constantly, drink lots of water, when we do eat, it usually is pretty healthy, maybe servings are larger than should be, we still dont lose weight. i have even been trying hormone treatments and that isnt even helping me to lose…so what do we do?

  76. MotleyHealth
    June 27, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Well, the simple answer is that you are still no exercising enough or eating properly. Too much sugar and not enough intensive exercise may mean that losing weight is very difficult. When running, including some sprint intervals. Try cutting out as much bread, pasta and other low quality carbs from your diet. Throw in some bodyweight circuit training too a couple of times a week.

  77. Diane
    June 29, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I just want to say I am using the The Accu-Trim Bead. I am sorry but, in fact it does what it says. I have only used them for 4 days. I promise I have lose 3lbs. I was the guinea pig when I 1st got the ad. My co-workers said if they worked for me then they will try them. It only took a few days for them to see the difference. I just want you to know that It works so well that I am getting a set for my daughter. Just food for thought, when companies compete, they buy ex-pert testimony. The best thing about this is, I don’t have to do anything just put it behind my ear. I don’t run to the rest room or any other discomforts. D. McDaniel

  78. MotleyHealth
    June 29, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Well, there is a placebo effect with many forms of “alternative” medicine. Some people will respond to the placebo effect, and then report it. This is then used in marketing by the companies that peddle these beads to make out that it works for everyone. The sad truth is that it just does not really work.

  79. Mia
    June 30, 2009 at 3:45 am

    I’m now 23 pounds down in 5 and a bit weeks….the diet is very rigid but I have not strayed off it and in some way I feel the beads are helping…. I feel amazing and I look so much younger…the problem will be keeping it off but that has been my issue on every diet, I’m planning to reintroduce lean protein and good carbs slowly and carefully and to increase my cardio as I do that….11 more pounds to goal.

  80. Tammy
    July 3, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I would really like to thank everyone who has posted an opinion here. I am also tired of being taken advantage of because I am desperate to lose 100 lbs. It is extremely hard for me to lose the weight due to anti-depression drugs and early menopause, but I have found that following a good program such as Weight Watchers – which is really just a very common sense approach to eating and life style – I am slowly but surely losing approx. 2-3 lbs. per week. I also have slowly increased my physical activity each day. I started by walking a block a day to now being able to walk 15 blocks a day. It just takes determination and accepting the fact that you are obese and to take full responsibility for being this way to make yourself ready to change your lifestyle once and for all.

  81. Lissa
    July 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I got the Accubead flier last week, and because I have found acupuncture to be really beneficial for things like stiff neck or back spasms I thought, “Why not give it a try?” The thing is, I noticed in the flier that the “bead” looked an awful lot like a typical clothing snap on some adhesive. So I pulled out my sewing box, found a snap and some medical tape and made by own accubead. I’ve been very pleased the results, I’ve lost 6 pounds in a week. It is a cheap, easy way to try it out.

  82. Pat
    July 4, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Yeah, Lissa, That is so funny. I was thinking the same thing when I got the flyer. Wondering why you would need a new one everyday. Glad that this has worked for you and can’t wait to try it out for way less than 75.00!! How did you know just where to put the snap?

  83. Brenda
    July 4, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Lissa, I have to laugh…because I did much the same thing as you, but this is my first day. We shall see how mine works as well!

  84. Lissa
    July 4, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Pat, it was described in the flier as just above the lobe and the picture of it showed it on the left side. I do change it everyday. I like to wash the adhesive off and start new, I have used the same snap though. A book of snaps only costs about sixty cents.

  85. Heidi
    July 6, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Hello Mia, I just purchased the bids (before reading all of this articles) Would you be so kind to share the diet that you are doing? I need to loose 45 Lbs, I had a baby 9 mtns ago and none of my clothes fits, I have toons of clothes and I do not want to buy bigger clothers I figure it will be better to loose weight. Thank you

  86. Heidi
    July 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Hi, according to The Bead Diet” a Doctor does not need to put the bids on, I have been doing my reserch and they have a long distance program were they tell you were to put the bids on. On the bead Diet they explain to you that the beads are not special so any bead can be use, they are just metal beads, so I am guessing weather they are accubeads or beads made for your self can work, the only big difference that I see is that with the “Bead Diet” they give you a diet to follow and which at their orientation they tell you what the diet is. Now this I am not sure off but because they say that the points were you put the bead become dull you change ears every nine day, like I said I’m not quite sure of my last statement. Either way I received my beads on Friday and since I already paid for them and with all the other information that I have been able to optain I will give it a try and will keep you posted if its working for me or not. Thank you.

  87. desiree morgan
    July 14, 2009 at 6:56 am

    so so funny that the snap button works…thats what i had in mind thats why i was researching this product…to see if there was anything else on this tab…its funny how people think alike…i’m trying it tonight

  88. TINA
    July 14, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I recently ordered the acu trim beads and now I am hesitant to even use them because of these comments that have been posted. I really am disappointed. I really fell for it. It sounded to good… no excersise, no dieting and a full refund. Well…we will see I should recieved them within the next 2 days so I will keep you updated…

  89. desiree morgan
    July 15, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    this is the second day I’ve been wearing the home-made bead…I’m a real bad foody …i love all flavors and anything different i will try..i love to try new restaurants to see if they are worthy of a second visit or to take family or friends to dinner at…I know how to diet as I have lost 146 lbs two years ago…are family moved back to ca from il and my 12 yr old son got taken by his friends mother who wanted to be with him. They did a amber alert and thank god a good citizen followed them till the police could take over. But the trial took over a year to finish and in the end she only served a year and is out on a 5 year probation. That was the sentence on the crimes she was charged with. This said I have gained 100 lbs back and can’t seem to lose the weight on my own again even though I know how because craving takes over and I eat something bad a then go off my diet. I’m sure it’s stress knowing this women is still on the streets and my son has to worry every time he goes to the mall with his friend or hangs out with his friends in the neighborhood. But for two days no cravings I been able to sleep at night and I don’t hurt as bad in the morning from the severe arthritis I have. I hope this works for more than two day. This is great

  90. Heidi
    July 18, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Tina, do what I am doing if you read my comment, I also bougth the Accubeads and I am just simply taking advantage of it. I am wearing them, but I just wear one and I change the tape on the back because as soon as you take a shower the backing comes off. I am doing that plus I am doing the diet that I mentioned earlier and I am very exited to say that it has help me control the cravings and with the diet that I started 3 days ago I’ve lost 6 lbs! :-) but I did a lot of research as to exactly where they have to go to control your hunger and you can only have them in the same ear up to 9 days, then you switch to the other ear.

  91. MotleyHealth
    July 29, 2009 at 7:52 am

    WARNING: There appears to be a new marketing campaign in the USA for these beads, and even a new website under construction. It seems that the man behind it is deluded as ever, and this time is doing a grand job in dissuading people from adopting a healthy lifestyle. I quote (from an email received this morning):

    “Dr. George L. Bingham says, ‘The truth is- we all want to be slim, trim and healthy- but none of us want to diet! By placing the Accu-Trim weight loss beads behind the ear they gently stimulate acupressure points that rev up metabolism and quickly burn away unwanted bulges.”

    So no-one wants to diet, and spot reduction is possible? Hmmm. Back to the gym people. Ignore this junk mail!

  92. Heidi
    July 29, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Hi guys, tomorrow will be two weeks that I had the bids on (and I cheated a few days) and I have lost 14 lbs so far I feel great and I am sleeping better.

  93. MotleyHealth
    July 29, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Heidi, how much do you weigh? 14 pounds in 2 weeks is fast weight loss, and not really healthy. Are you exercising and eating healthily? I hope you are not starving yourself! Take it easy.

  94. Denise Abdunour
    July 31, 2009 at 2:15 am

    I have tried accu slim beads since wednesday July 28. its been 2 days and I haven’t seen any results. I am watching what I am eating. Is it cause i am wearing it on the right ear of the lobe. Is it really a waste of money?

  95. Denise Abdunour
    July 31, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Dear Heidi, how r u? how did it work? it’s my second day and I weight myself and nothing. I don’t know is it cause I feel blowed? Plus in since last september 23 2008 I have lost about 95pds on my own without any diet pills or any injection,

  96. MotleyHealth
    July 31, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Denise, it does appear that all the “success stories” are because people went on the diet at the same time as wearing the beads. So yes, they are a waste of money. You are living proof that you do not need to wear the beads to lose weight. Well done on losing 95 pounds with diet/exercise.

  97. Denise Abdunour
    August 1, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Dear People I think basically most programs want to just to sell their product. I know and understand it’s not easy being overweight or suffering from obesity. I was 275pds September 2008. I was with La weight loss! mind u that program was really good but it went bankrupt. So since September I have manage to loose weight on my own without anyone support but myself. I try and eat little portions. 5 to 6 times a day. and mostly I enjoy walking. It’s not easy. Yes i do cheat a bit but if i am craving for some sweet I do eat a little not the whole thing. Mostly i eat fruits such has dates figs …. and not to mention my veggies… proteins fibers whole wheat…. I was stupid to buy that accutrim beads. I said to myself I will try it. U see how intriguing it can get to be lead on.

  98. Doug
    August 18, 2009 at 3:56 am

    My mother sent me the flyer about accu trim beads a few days ago. After reading all this info I’m not too sure if I want to try them. She tried them and says she has lost 25lbs in a couple months. I need to loose much more than that and have been thinking about surgry as mobility problems keep me from losing weight. Its not what I eat but I have too big an appetite. I’m an overeater and realize it.

  99. Heidi
    August 19, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Well, just to give you an update every one when I started a month ago I weighted 158lbs, with the beeds and the diet I already weight 135 and I have to say I have been cheating, so I sure that I would off lost more weight but I am happy. Good luck to every one

  100. Lissa
    August 20, 2009 at 3:01 am

    I had to lose 12 lbs. I did it in three weeks. I used my homemade snap/medical tape bead and cut my portions in about half. I put the bead on when I feel I might be gaining weight. So far so good. It still is the cheap and easy way to try it out.

  101. Rose
    September 8, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you Lissa for your great idea! I made a “snap bead” with medical tape and put it behind my left ear about 20 minutes ago. Also thank you Heidi for all your research info. I’ll change to my right ear in 9 days and of course also weigh myself. I’m also greatful for this site, thank you MotleyHealth for all the info. I have been doing Think and Lose for 2 months, (hypnosis) for weight loss and I have lost 10# in 2 months, eating very healthy and doing minimal exercise because I have very bad arthritis in both my knees and I need both knee replacements. I just thought speeding up my metabolism would be a great boost. I really wanted to try the Accu-trim beads but not for $136.90. So doing the homemade snap bead was a ‘aha moment’ !! Thank you all for the great comments on this sight. I’ll be back in 9 days to let you know what results I have. I have 114 pounds more to shed to reach my goal weight.

  102. Rose
    September 17, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Well, today was day 9 of wearing the “homemade” snap bead behind my left ear. I weighed myself this morning and I lost 3.2# in 9 days. I must say I have had more energy and so I have been using my Tony Little Gazelle 20 minutes everyday, 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon. My eating hasn’t changed, still eating healthy, I eat from the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid everyday. I found myself pressing the bead several times a day to stimulate it. Today I changed the bead from my left ear to my right ear for the next 9 days. We’ll see what happens. So far, so good. Now 111 more pounds to go!

  103. Rose
    September 24, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Well, I am so glad I did not purchase the beads! After 7 days of wearing the
    “homemade snap bead” behind my right ear I had to just stop wearing it. My right ear is so irritated. Liquid just keeps seeping from my ear lobes. I have 3 pierced holes for earings on my earlobes. I have not worn any earings since putting the beads behind my ears though. I started with the left ear for 9 days, 9-8 to 9-17. I used medical tape and changed it everyother day because it was sticky and it did hurt sometimes. Then when I started on the right ear, 9-17 I used a non latex bandage that I cut to size. Well, I changed it everyday and used alcohol, but it still irritated my ear. So, after 7 days on my right ear, I’m calling it quits! I haven’t been on the scale so I don’t know if I’ve lost anymore weight or not. I’ve never been alergic to any kind of earings in the past, but maybe now the metal in the snap bead? I don’t know. I’m only very thankful that I didn’t pay out any money for them. I would like to know how any others have faired with the beads? Thanks. Rose

  104. MotleyHealth
    September 24, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    The beads can actually work. What you do is go to the park and then throw them as far as possible, then run after them. When you find them, pick them up, and repeat.

  105. Rose
    October 3, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Well, my ears cleared up after about 4 days. Now, I just got a new weight loss package in the mail selling “THE SIZE ZERO PATCH”. I’m wondering if these are the same people selling the beads? It’s a time release patch. They say you will be a size zero in days. It says 100% natural in one spot then in another it says:”Regular patches quickly release the drugs into your bloodstream producing a rapid and high concentration in the body, followed by a sharp decline. The Time-Release Patch maintains the perfect range in between; releasing at a constant rate over a period of time.” Sounds like drugs to me. It also says NOW AVAILABLE IN THE USA. Why is the US letting all these schemers sell their phony stuff here? Next we’ll be reading about people that have lost their lives from using these patches. They are even offering you $250 if you use it for 30 days and have lost 48 pounds. They are called The Healthy-Weight Centers of America, St. Petersburg, FL People that are overweight are bomb barded all the time with adds like these. I pray no one is that desperate. Rose

  106. Donna
    October 3, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I went to the scrapbook section of a local discount store and found a package of something called “dimensional pearl stickers.” They look remarkably like the beads so I bought them and put one on the back of my ear. The package costs $2 for 60 beads, so I am happy to use them to experiment with. Looking at an acupressure chart, I think about a third of the way up on the cartilage part of the ear is the best place to put the pressure. I’ll let you know if it works.

  107. DG
    October 12, 2009 at 2:18 am

    I was really dumb and ordered the product and then started my research by looking on this site. Well, fortunately, after I ordered the bead containers, I called back and asked for a refund. He asked “Why?” and I said well I just saw 5,000 responses saying that it didn’t work. He replied, “Well do you believe everything you read?!” Well “no, but when 5,000 say it doesn’t work and like 5 say it does, then I do believe what I read, lol! Thanks everyone.

  108. Sandy
    October 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I,am using the accutrim beads and they work.I,ve been using them for 21 days and have lost 15lbs,and not doing any special diet.

  109. Rose
    October 22, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Sandy, I’m very happy for you that they’re working. Are you using the real ones or the “homemade” beads? I just used plain old snaps stuck onto cut pieces of medical tape, but it made my ears irritated. I did loose 3.2# in a very short time though and I felt really energized, but my ears kept draining even though I changed them every day and used alcohol. I guess I’m just allergic. That’s great you’ve lost weight without changing your eating habits. I think that’s one thing that stalls people from loosing weight, having to change the way they eat. Or at least having to take away foods that they like. After a while, they stop the diet and go back to eating the foods they like. Maybe these accu beads are really the magic bullet we’re all looking for. Keep posting and let us know if you reach your goal weight. Then I wonder do you just have to wear the beads one day a week? One day a month? To maintain the weight loss. good luck.

  110. Maryann
    November 16, 2009 at 7:22 am

    I received the flyer today in my mail box and the orders are made to Amsterdam!! [with a NZ fax number]. Is there a NZ contact for these beads? In reading the comments on this site, it seems like the beads have worked for some and not for others. My suggestion is for those who have bought the beads and not received success in their refund maybe they might like to sell them to someone else to try. That way, the buyer can guarantee that they will get some of their money back.

  111. Jenna
    November 17, 2009 at 2:30 am

    I have to say that I read most of the comments on this board and was surprised by the negative feedback. I did not purchase the Accu-Slim beads but went to a certified person for accupressure and had the beads placed behind my ear. They actually put a bead on both ears that you wear for a full week an rotate on the odd hours of each day. I started this on September 15 as a birthday present for my 49th birthday. I had tried every diet imaginable as well as working out and eating healthy and still could not lose the 60 lbs that I had gained overnight.

    The strict food requirement of dairy for two days and vegtables two days actually acts like a detox and after the first two weeks you really do not crave many things that you would have reach for. Although I am still seeing the person every week for the beads, I have applied regular beads that I picked up in the craft store to several family and friends who are all seeing similar results.

    The diet is strict but I am not hungary the fat is melting off and the muscle is in tact, the one thing I did stop was working out since I felt the calorie consumption was too low to sustain my workout. So after Thanksgiving when I come off this diet I will be going back to the gym and watching what I eat so that I don’t gain this all back.

    I am so glad that I did this diet and would recommend it to anyone who is tired of people telling you to eat right and exercise and you should be okay, they have not been down this road where you do eat right and exercise and the weight does not come off. If you do this you have to be committed to it and you will see results. I am proof since I was one of those people this is the best money that I have ever spent and I only wished I had known about this earlier.
    These beads have been a blessing to me and my family the first week I lost 12.8 lbs and followed up with 7 lbs. the following week today I have lost a total of 45 lbs. I look great I feel great I am being complimented all the time.

  112. MotleyHealth
    November 17, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Hi Jenna, thanks for sharing. This just shows the difference between having a regular consultation with someone and buying something on the Internet or mail order with no contact with the company.

    Also you say “the calorie consumption was too low to sustain my workout” – this is the key. You stuck to a diet. It is possible to do this without accupressure – millions do succeed every year. Exercise does not make you thin, calorie controlled dieting does. What you have here is the support to help you lose weight. Your weekly consultations. But maybe this could be achieved through a weight loss group?

  113. Josh
    January 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

    The beads do work! But under the right guidance. Both my kids were under the care of Charles Schwarts and lost considerable amounts of weight — 85 and 55 pounds.

  114. MotleyHealth
    January 7, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Josh, did Charles Schwarts prescribe anything other than wearing the beads? A new diet maybe? Exercise? According to his website a new diet is required, which explains the weight loss. Not the beads.

  115. Jackie
    February 8, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I am not endorsing or comdemning the use of these beads. I will only say that for everything in life that works for some people, there will always be those who are quick to point twenty reasons why something can’t work. Usually there’s money involved in it for them, too. A great teacher about 2,000 years ago said: “It is done unto you according to your faith.” What do you believe will work for you? Have years of diet and exercise only made you fatter than ever? What’s missing? If diet and exercise was the only answer, why do so many people get so few lasting results? Most obese people I know eat less, work out more than trim people, and have incredible will-power, yet still can’t achieve a healthy weight. THERE IS STILL SOMETHING MISSING in the diet and exercise prescription and maybe it has to do with our faith. So, if you believe the beads will work, why not try it? It’s worked for some – and yes, maybe it is in conjunction with diet and exercise – but if it helps produce results, then go for it! From what I can tell from the interesting posts above, those who have gotten results from the Accu-Trim beads and from their own “fake” beads, maybe it’s because you believed they would work. So, I agree that diet and exercise are PART of the plan, but what if these beads are the “missing” part that helps you believe you can do it this time? Good luck and to everyone who is willing to explore other ways and other options besides the “not working so well” diet and exercise paradigm, I applaud you and wish you well.

  116. MotleyHealth
    February 9, 2010 at 3:28 am

    “If diet and exercise was the only answer, why do so many people get so few lasting results?”

    Because so many people do it wrong.

  117. Peyton
    February 26, 2010 at 1:33 am

    i just ordered the beads last night so hopefully i get them soon

  118. MotleyHealth
    February 26, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Good luck with them Peyton.

  119. Rhonda
    March 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I also got caught in the hype and purchased the beads. I did try to do some research most of what I found was positive, until I came across this website(too late). I will definitely give it a try, without setting my hopes too high and see how it goes.

  120. Shawn
    March 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    For those who have not received your refund contact your bank and inform them that you are disputing this charge, why and what you have done to get your refund. They will open a claim and refund your money temporarily and then go after the company for the funds. Good luck!

  121. Zella
    April 2, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I have just purchased the beads because I know that acupuncture and acupressure has worked for me for other things. I also had a friend who got off of methadone, ( a highly addictive substance) using auricular acupuncture. they offer a money back guarantee so I am not worried. I’m going to give it a try and make sure I place it on the exact acupressure point. This is really important. I’ll let you all know what happens. I have 80 lbs to let go of.

  122. dog food c
    April 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I just couldnt leave your website before saying that I really enjoyed the high quality information you will offer you to your visitors… Definitely will be back often to check up on new stuff you post!

  123. MotleyHealth
    May 4, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Glad you liked the site Dog Food C.

  124. anna
    May 8, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I have gotten the flyer too. I was thinking I should check this out, got on the computer and went to Google and here you are, this is a good way to find out what others say, I will not waste my money on the beads. I did try the magnet’s for my pain on my finger. It is the size of a pea, that helped. But I lost the small magnet. Thanks for sharing all your comments .

  125. Laura
    May 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    My husband and I just started with the beads last week. We are doing them with Charles Schwartz. So far, so good. My husband lost 7 pounds and I lost 2.5lbs. I feel great! I’m happy with the diet so far.

  126. MotleyHealth
    May 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Laura, can you say more about the diet? It would be an interesting experiment if either you or your husband stopped wearing the beads but followed the same diet.

  127. Laura
    May 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    The diet, doesn’t sound the healthiest.
    The Rules: You can only eat between 12:00 and 6:00pm. For two days you have 20oz of milk/yogurt, regular not low fat. Then two days of fruit and veg. (two fruits and up to 2lbs of veg). You can drink as much calorie free beverages as you like. (The placement of the bead need to be changed every 7-9 days, and you massage the beads every two hours.) Following the strict diet isn’t very difficult because you don’t feel hungry (after the 1st day).
    On the website, under “mission” it describes a study in which some subjects followed just the diet, some did just beads, and some did both. The “both” group lost the most weight.
    After you lose the weight their is a transition program. I’m not sure what that is yet.
    I know it doesn’t sound like the healthiest diet, I had been doing weight watchers (which I recommend as well) – - but I’ve hit a plateau (spelling ?) and I really want to lose 8 more 1bs.
    Hopefully I can keep the weight off after I go off the beads. I’ll let ya know. I’ve always been againt fad diets – but thought I’d give it a try since my husbands friend had such success.

  128. Lisa
    May 13, 2010 at 12:53 am

    i have just purchaced the beads before finding this website. No doubt in my mind that the beads will help your body somehow. as people have said above, they are at least getting better sleep. i have 50 pounds to lose to get to my ideal weight. i will try it and keep you all updated. This might be a fad diet but at least we are out there searching for things to help us become heathy. Motley health however is very true when they say there is no substitute for excersice. as well putting healthy foods in our bodies. good luck everyone! we will all make it to our ideal one day, just dont give up. dont get mad for trying the bead diet. it is just one step closer to you succeeding

  129. Archer12
    June 8, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I purchased and have been using the beads for a week now. As suspected, I haven’t lost an ounce! However, I haven’t gained either and there have been several days that I consumed way too many calories with both food and alcohol. I too have been confused on the exact location of where to place the bead and why it says to remove before bed. I am a firm believer in eating healthy(most of the time)and regular exercise. I played semi-pro womens football on and off for 10yrs so I am no stranger to exercise, but since starting a new job 2yrs ago, I have been so exhausted all the time and have difficulty getting into a regular exercise routine. I eat healthy most of the time. I do need to lose about 15-20lbs. I was hoping I would lose a few pounds with the beads and then maybe I would feel well enough to get back into the game with my exercise. For those of you out there who are looking to lose weight and get in shape, Bill Phillips “Eating for life” book is fabulous!! 150 everyday recipes easy and enjoyable for the whole family. I think I will set my goal a little lower by just trying to get in 20 min. cardio 3x’s/week and once I am consistent with that, I will add weight training 3x’s/week. Eating healthy and regular exercise should be a lifestyle and it has many other benefits besides looking good, so just remember that. Heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, stress etc. can all be controlled by eating healthy and regular exercise. Good luck to everyone!

  130. MotleyHealth
    June 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I always recommend that people do cardio everyday. Why? Because if you do it 3 times a week, you find an excuse not to do it today, to catch up tomorrow. If you plan to workout everyday, you never miss a workout, as you cannot trick yourself into believing that you will catch up tomorrow! So do 20 minutes a day, and in the last 5 minutes do at least 2 “sprint intervals” of 30 seconds, with 2.5 minutes recovery after the first and then 2.5 minutes recovery / cool down after the last. Then start to extend your workouts by a few minutes each week, adding another sprint.

  131. lynnet
    July 16, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Everybody i lost 27 pounds on this im serious. I bought them again and im happy. But if your over 30 this will not be the best way to lose weight becase it work better on younger people body then older. Im telling the true.

  132. MotleyHealth
    July 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Lynnet, please could you elaborate. Did you adjust your diet and exercise more as well is stick the beads behind your ear? How much did you weigh before losing 27 pounds and how quickly did you lose the weight. Also, why do you think that it only works on people under 30? Do you have any scientific backing for this claim?

  133. Bonnie J
    July 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I was ready to order the accutrim beads. Then logic kicked in & I decided to look up information on the product. I sure am glad I did. The order form went into the trash. I have tried so darn many weight loss programs that I can’t even count. I need to lose 80 lbs. I have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, arthritis, & heartburn. I am on medication for all except the diabetes, but if I keep up as I am, I’ll be taking medication for the diabetes also. I have a hard time controlling my hunger. Every diet aid says it helps control your hunger but it seems to no longer work after a week. I try to eat healthy but eat too large of portions due to the hunger. I’ve tried eating slower, faster, drinking lots of water, etc, etc. None of it works. I am always tired, so rarely exercise & when I do try to exercise I can’t do it for very long because of my arthritis (neck, shoulders, knees, hips, ankles). I like to walk but can’t even do that anymore. I tried Medifast & lost 10 lbs but the same food all of the time got really old & then I got to a stand still & couldn’t lose anymore. If you have any suggestions, I could really use them. I’m 64, look a lot younger, still work outside the home. My husband passed away in 2005 but my adult son lives with me so he does the cooking, but cooks healthy food. I do get depressed due to my situation, weight & lonelyness, but I had my perfect soulmate, so don’t want anyone else, just my 3 dogs. Just would like to lose the weight & hopefully get off of all of my medications & be healthier.

  134. Tina
    August 9, 2010 at 12:38 am

    I have been on this diet – accubead for a 5 days. I feel fabulous. It’s not just putting the beads on and doing nothing. It’s rotating the beads every odd hour, eating what’s on the diet (2 days of fruit and veggies and 2 days of milk) and incorporating qi gong breathing every odd hour. All of the above work. The breathing is meditative and gives you energy, the beads are accupressure and it’s a low cal, low carb diet. And, that’s just what it is – a diet. If you expect to go back to eating waffles and ice cream right after, of course you will gain the weight back. It’s working for me so far, I have a lot of energy, sleep well, wake up when the sun rises and have a great sense of accomplishment daily. I am losing as it says I would – so far 5.8 lbs. There is a transition stage which helps you “reintroduce” other foods so as not to gain everything back, but to change your habits – why not continue with qi gong? It’s a meditation method and creates energy… if you disagree with it, do something else… clearly if you need to lose weight, you need to diet and lose before you can maintain.

  135. MotleyHealth
    August 9, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Hi Tina. Do you really think that the beads are the reason for your weight loss? If you instead just did the diet, maybe this would help too?

    I have nothing against qi gong, I have studied Tai Chi and some Bagua and Qi gong during my martial art studies. It is a good way to exercise and has some other benefits too. What I am really against is the commercialisation and exploitation of any form of Eastern philosophy or practice, and these accutrim/accuslim beads really do seem to exploit this. I still stand by the comment I made in one of the first discussions here, that doing the low calorie / low carb diet while wearing pink socks will probably have the same benefits as doing it with beads behind your ear.

    A low carb diet is a low sugar diet. By reducing sugar you reduce the insulin response, blood sugar spikes and crashes etc. and this reduces hunger pangs and cravings. You control your hunger through diet. A low GI diet has the same effect. There is no evidence whatsoever that the beads or any type of Eastern medicine, whether it be acupressure, accupuncture or breathing exercises are the reason for the reduction in hunger and subsequent weight loss. There is a lot of scientific evidence that supports the fact that a low sugar diet curbs appetite and helps people lose weight. Carry on your healthy diet and healthy lifestyle, and try it without the beads. You may be pleasantly surprised with the results.

  136. Laura
    August 9, 2010 at 1:26 am

    My husband and I have been doing the beads as well. I tried the diet alone. Since it is so expensive. No luck – - I was starving by night fall and would give in to the need to eat. The beads definitely make it doable. It may be psychosomatic but it does seem to work.

  137. Tina
    August 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Maybe it’s not the beads or the breathing… but it’s working. It’s comparative to religion, if something works for you… why not? Who would want you to stop? Other than someone who wants you to try it their way… It’s working for me, I feel fantastic – if you’re open-minded, where’s the harm? I’m losing weight, feel great and have energy and I’m not suffering. I would highly recommend it. Why is anyone else so concerned where people are spending their money …?

  138. lomalindarn
    August 13, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Bonnie J took the words right out of my mouth.

    I was on the verge of ordering Press Point from Acupro, Inc., until I found this site.

    I have to admit that it is all so confusing. I mean I know that permanent weight loss/management is a lifestyle choice, but there are many of us who suffer physical pains and depression as a result of being overweight and we need that boost of easy loss in order to encourage our commitment to improve.

    As a result of this article, I went to Accu-Trim to see what they were doing now. They seem highly commercialized and unrealistically fantastic, BUT their 100% Risk Free Lifetime Guarantee is compelling. In other words, the only deficit would be shipping/handling, I guess.

  139. Tina
    August 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I’m back – 4 days later and feel even better than I did the other day. The beads and breathing make a difference – of course the food does as well. But let’s just say, every two hours, you took a minute or two to just sit and rub behind your ears and do some deep breathing… you will feel better MENTALLY… which leads to emotional health… which leads to less emotional eating … the food plan works – I feel fabulous – sleeping better, more relaxed yet tons of energy. It might not be for everyone but it’s doing wonders for me. I check my weight again tonite – so far I think it’s every couple days you check, they give a chart for tracking… I think I’ve dropped about 7 lbs, but I am NOT hungry and the inches lost are more noticeable – I’m sticking with it. I love it!

  140. BONNIE J
    August 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Tina, sounds like you don’t work outside the home. I leave for work @6:45 am & don’t return home till around 6:30 pm everyday. I am very busy all day so do not have time for the breathing, exercise or food program. Glad it works for you but most overweight people have a problem with your routine. Another point is that some people such as myself really like food so find lack of food very hard to handle. Those that just eat because they need to eat & don’t love food find it easier to handle decreased food diets.

  141. MotleyHealth
    August 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I doubt there is a single overweight person out there who does not like food!

    The trick in proper dieting is to reduce sugar and increase proteins while also ensuring you get plenty of water. Sugar makes you feel hungry, proteins and water make you feel full. Hop over to the MCD Weight Loss Plan to learn more.

  142. Tina
    August 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Bonnie. I LOVE food. Hence, needing to be on a diet. As a matter of fact, I tend to be “obsessed” for lack of a better word with some foods – sweets! Portion control or choosing healthy foods are my big problems. Also, I work at a law firm – a busy one. I also have a second part-time job. So, I am not sitting home in my yoga clothes all day waiting for the buzzer to go off so I can do the breathing – which, by the way, takes approximately 1 minute. I get up a little early (maybe 1/2 hour or an hour) to do the exercise – which I do with the on-demand cable fitness so it’s right in my living room. And, I eat what the diet says. So, the secret for me to begin was to stop making excuses and just start. You cannot be consistent and successful with anything until you give it a shot. Give yourself a shot. Even if you don’t try the beads. Stop saying “I can’t because …” and just try it for one day. Don’t even use the beads, just believe. That’s what I believe is working – and the breathing part and going by someone else’s food plan (because mine wasn’t working) is truly what I believe is helping me. What I find interesting is that it is easier to get up earlier because I am eating better which is helping me sleep better… it all works together. Hope you’ll try something. p.s. if I had it my way, I wouldn’t work and I’d eat whatever I wanted, so if I make this sound easy, it’s because I have to change my thoughts to change my life.

  143. MotleyHealth
    August 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Tina, the only way to really get over your obsession (addiction) to sweets is to go cold turkey. Just stop eating them. Within a few weeks your sugar addiction will have reduced and you will start to wonder why you wanted sweets all the time. A word of caution – ensure in future all sweets / sugar / junk is hidden in your house. Put it all away somewhere where you do not need to see it.

  144. Tina
    August 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks you. I will take a look at that. I am doing very well on the bead diet though and I get fruit which seems to be satisfying my needs. I am not hungry either which leads me to believe that the beads and breathing really are working… this is the first diet I’ve been on which leaves me feeling satisfied. haha – I know all about addiction! that’s how I knew the word obsession was correct. :) I’m going to check that Hidden Cookie Diet out also. Thanks.

  145. Tina
    August 16, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Oh my. I just looked at the Hidden Cookie Diet. I am not sure who is on the other side of this but I do believe it should be someone who has overcome being overweight at some point. If I could “just stop” eating certain things, I probably wouldn’t need to be on a diet in the first place. Hiding cookies in my kitchen? I still know they are there. this is where the “it takes one to know one comes in…” it’s just not that easy for me. This is why I believe the bead diet works for me. It takes away the obsession and cravings.

  146. MotleyHealth
    August 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    It is written by someone that has been overweight and lost weight. It is a simple trick that works for some and not others. It worked for me. Out of sight out of mind. I still eat some cookies (very bad I know) but now I decide I want one (and only ever 1) and then go and get it, rather than see them and grab one without thinking. Every little helps.

  147. lomalindarn
    August 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Congratulations, Tina, on keeping up with your restrictive diet. I say this because I have done nothing since my last post on this thread but to become much more educated with Accuweight, AKA The Bead Diet.

    Now, it is a relatively small operation (they do not advertise) because they truly focus on personalized attention. Many persons employed by this company, including the owner herself, has at one point or another participated in this diet themselves, because they have all of the facts on the health and efficacy of the program and participated under monitoring of a physician.

    I need to draw a distinction between Accuweight and other bead diets out there, because there is a difference from what I understand. I mentioned in my above post, “Press Point” which is far more economical than Accueweight, but that is because it requires you to place the beads in areas of the ear that regulate digestive hunger, i.e. the stomach, so you don’t feel like you’re starving, but does nothing to reset your base weight which requires a different placement of the beads to communicate with your hypothalamus (in the brain) in order to signal both satiety and stability of weight.

    Look, after the research I have done, I would not trust Accu-trim or -slim, nor would I be confident with Press Point, because of the placement of the beads being either in or on the ear itself. On the other hand, I am compelled to go with Accuweight, and possibly The Sadkhin Complex due to the placement of the beads BEHIND THE EARS, ON THE HEAD where points are linked to the brain. I should mention that I attempted to contact The Sadkhin Complex, but no one returned my message and they seem frustrated with any competition, issuing severe warnings about copycats. I just didn’t get a good feel about them. I contacted Accuweight, and at first it was difficult getting a response, because apparently I was phoning a clinic location directly, who aren’t typically accustomed to dealing with the Long-Distance Program, which operates by email and phone appointments. Also, before I jumped the gun and called, I should have listened to their online recorded “Orientation” and “Training” which answers many if not all questions. Once I did this, I was even more encouraged to give this a try.

    Again, rather than just saying “anyone” can do this, Accuweight actually cautions everyone to take the time to make sure they are making an informed and comfortable decision to do this program because it is so restrictive.

    By the way, the minimal food allowance of the program is designed with required nutrition in mind. They are giving your body the exact and ideal nutrition it requires, when it requires it, and they are strict about not adding in certain types of foods/ingredients, so as to not contradict the chemistry of the food intake which allows for maximum FAT loss.

    Reading this post, I probably sound like I work for them, but I can assure you that I don’t. I am looking for a rapid loss program that addresses food addiction, will power and doesn’t compromise my health, and I know of no other diet that can offer all of these components.

    So, remember, the bead placement and pressure is intended to do two things, signal the hypothalamus that fullness and normal weight have been achieved, and the Chi Gong breathing technique is designed to alleviate stress about resisting temptation to indulge in any unhealthy or imbalanced food that is not allowed on the program.

    I should also warn that many who have participated in this program have reported intense hunger for the first 3-7 days while the body adjusts to the decreased food intake, but accurate bead placement and pressure is suppose to remedy this.

  148. lomalindarn
    August 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Where’d everybody go?

  149. MotleyHealth
    August 26, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    We are still here. How are you?

  150. lomalindarn
    August 27, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Miserable. Thanks for asking.

    It is my 2nd day of this very persuasive program and I feel I was way too ambitious to0 begin with the 2 milk days and nothing more (*exception – water).

    Here is what I feel now that I am experiencing this 1st hand. I don’t feel that the bead placement or pressure results in suppression of hunger. Obviously, however I cannot discount the testimonies from persons who steadfastly support the real bead diet, known as Accuweight.

    I have online chatted with gals who have lost what I am looking to lose within the timeframe I am looking to achieve my goal, as well.

    Accuweight cautions that this is not for everyone and that the restrictive diet cannot be altered in terms of amount or type of foods.

    Until you reach your goal, they discourage exercising more than just general walks, UNLESS you are already accustomed to intense exercise. Still, the recommendation is to do this only a feel-good basis. The achievers with whom I have communicated who were significantly overweight, as am I, stated that they did not exercise, until they reached their goal and felt thin, fit, healthy and strong.

    One of my concerns was that rapid weight loss tends to leave your skin hanging off your bones. The general census is that this does not happen. What is most remarkable is that most maintain, so long as they have patiently and correctly engaged their transition phase.

    We will see. I have told myself that I will have birthday cake in January, but hopefully I won’t want it by then.

  151. MotleyHealth
    August 27, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience. If you aim is to lose a significant amount of weight by next January then I strongly recommend that you follow a fitness and weight loss plan.

    If you have the willpower to starve yourself (drinking milk and water) to lose weight, you should be able to follow a healthy weight loss plan instead. A calorie restrictive diet does not teach you how to eat properly for long term health and weight management.

    A well structured weight loss plan does. The Diet Solution Program may be the most suitable for you, depends on how much exercise you want to do. If you are eager to get up and workout, then the 31 Day Fat Loss Solution is a good option.

  152. lomalindarn
    August 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Every fitness/weight loss plan I attempted, I ceased because of some physical pain, not muscle fatigue, as you’d expect, but some excruciating joint, neck or back pain. My Dr. said that it was a circular issue. I needed to drop weight in order to rid my body of the pains that resulted from exertion and pressure, and in order to do that, I first needed to address and take some excess weight off with diet before even considering exercise, otherwise she says that I could end up with long-term damage. She says that I am too young to be arthritic, however with x-rays, she has clinically diagnosed me with Degenerative Disc Disease, and stated that it was hereditary. A bell went off since my slim sister recently had major back surgery.

    Basically, some people view exercise, or a lack thereof, as lack of motivation or laziness, and they fail to consider the physical limitations one may have that inhibits their mobility, or any significant movement to have an impact on weight loss.

    As far as your point that a starvation diet does not teach principled eating, you may be right, though the 2nd and 3rd phases of Accuweight seem to address that part with Transition and Maintenance. I’d be happy to let you know about that once I’m there. I am vegetarian and the mainstay of my diet are the starches. After Accuweight, I honestly don’t know where my diet will go, considering my vegetarian preferences.

    Regarding The Diet Solution. I tried that one, too. There wasn’t any new information that I received from this program, with the exception of a caution on soy products, which I take very seriously. Otherwise, what The Diet Solution failed to address was emotional eating, which Accuweight does with the use of Chi Gong breathing. It is a simple stress reliever for those times you crave an unhealthy food.

    Keep in mind that I have been one of those dieters who moderated my diet and exercise and then even progressed to strenuous levels and despite working my butt off, saw no weight/size improvements. For me to succeed, timely rewards must match my investment, and most who have used Accuweight claim that is exactly what it does.

    Again, I will see how this goes, and look forward to exercising in the future. I miss hiking, volleyball and swimming, but my back says, “no way.”

    One last mention. Accuweight has an email list for discussions and questions about the program and I find that the veteran achievers in that group are almost bitter and harsh on newcomers. Maybe they are just tired of repeating their advice, nonetheless, I opted out of that one. I do, however, find the Accuweight staff supportive and encouraging.

  153. lomalindarn
    August 28, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    And another thing. Near starvation is tough, i.e. the stomach pangs and growling, the fatigue and dizziness, etc., but not nearly as tough as the pains of physical exertion and exercise when overweight or obese. A sprained ankle, a twisted knee, a stiff neck, a sore back, and this current pain that I have on my left side just above my breast stretching along the side to my upper arm that has been there for weeks (a pulled muscle?) are much worse for me because of their intensity and the down time that is required to heal. The withdrawal symptoms of a starvation diet are relatively short-term compared to physical injuries as a result of exercise.

  154. bill
    September 11, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    This ACTUALLY works! have u tried it? because it works.
    I’m losing 11pounds every month. try it. if it doesn’t work, then at least you’ve tried it and can rightfully say it is a gimmick. if you didn’t try it, you have NO right saying it doesn’t work. I feel so much better about myself and have trimmed down so much is the past months. screw anyone who says this doesn’t work. IT REALLY DOES!

  155. MotleyHealth
    September 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Bill, I assume that you are also on the calories restrictive diet that forms part of this weight loss system?

  156. Jodoe
    February 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Hello, last comment was in Sept. 2010. Where is everybody? Well I just recieved this in the mail and it did sound far fetched but interesting. So I thought I would check into it first. And thats how I found this site. Lets just say the enevelope was there and I was thinking of throwing it out, then I did throw it and then I put it back on the table lol. I did find all the info very interesting and i think I will buy the beads in the sewing dept and try it the cheaper way.

  157. MotleyHealth
    February 26, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Maybe they took a break in marketing. I get the impression that people come here after getting a flyer through the door.

  158. Jodoe
    February 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    oh yes probably, well I guess it’s being circulated again lol.

  159. MotleyHealth
    February 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Just looked at the traffic stats for the site and there was certainly a quiet patch from November, started picking up again at the end of January. I guess this must correlate with marketing campaigns.

  160. jason
    March 14, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Hello guys. I am totally with Tina. I’m on day 21 of the bead diet and I’m down 26lbs. This programs is not easy. The diet is rough, but as you step on the scale it makes you feel better. The beads are helping just like they said. I’m not hungry or stressed. This isn’t a quick fix and the only way its going to work is if people stick to it 100 percent. Once you cheat, it throws out the chemistry of the diet. accuweight.com, I recommend it 100 percent! To that person that said they didn’t have time, I’m in the military and have a super busy work day as well. Hell, I spend most of my day up in the air, but regardless, I make time for it. Any body can make time if they are really dedicated.

  161. MotleyHealth
    March 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Do they really allow members of the armed forces to operate on a 500 calorie a day diet? Sounds very dangerous Jason.

  162. Brandy
    June 9, 2011 at 4:02 am

    YES,YES,YES,it DOES works!!!!! My 2 sister in laws and our family friend lost 20-25 lbs in 4 weeks. HOW DO I KNOW IT WORKS?? I’m on my second week and I’m down 12 lbs, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! A very strict diet has to be maintained to reach your goal. I have never heard anything about them being magical, not having to diet or workout. The beads are for accu pressure so that when you are having hunger cravings you rotate the beads and it helps slow your metabolism. I’m curious as to what research was done to publish this article? Your ACCU-sations are false and you should not discredit something that can help lots of people. THIS DIET WORKS, GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!

    BRANDY- California

  163. MotleyHealth
    June 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Brandy, how would slowing your metabolism aid weight loss? You also say “A very strict diet has to be maintained” – this is not what the adverts originally said, the original advertising campaigns stated that all you had to do is wear the beads. As for where does the information come from, that reference has been added to the article.

  164. mar
    July 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    The product is not worth using it. It is even more harder to find a contact at the management level: a hint that it is a scam. The company also sell many other products under the same umbrella. Don’t waste your money and time.

  165. Jade
    September 9, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I am a reflexologist and practice acupressure. Its not that the beads don’t work…placement is very important and really until you know exactly where to place them it is important to seek out someone that is a professional to place them for you at first. I have used ear seeds, ionic beads and magnets on clients for a number of years and it has always helped in many situations.

  166. MotleyHealth
    September 9, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Hi Jade. When using the beads do you also encourage the client to adopt any other lifestyle changes? Is there any scientific evidence that you are aware of which has found acupressure and reflexology to provide anything more than a powerful placebo effect?

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