GNC Diet Pills Review – 9 Things You Need to Know
GNC diet pills, sold by General Nutrition Center, are a line of health and weight loss supplements. GNC claims some of these pills will ‘reduce water weight’ and ‘increase calorie-burning’ in your body within a short period of time. The claims vary between products, but we are skeptical of any pills that have a diuretic effect, as this gives dieters a false sense of weight loss in addition to being generally unhealthy.
So, we looked deeper into research behind the product to find out the benefits, side effects, clinical support, and customer reviews of GNC’s various diet pills and weight-loss supplements. Below is a summary of what we found.
GNC Company History
What is now known as GNC, or General Nutrition Centers, was founded by David Shakarian in 1935. Mr. Shakarian died on September 11, 1984. David Shakarian’s parents ran a dairy farm, and their enterprise led to his first store named Lackzoom. The early implementation of mail order was due to fuel shortages during World War II, which made traveling to the stores difficult.
The renewed interest in nutrition in the ’60’s led to its meteoric rise and the expansion of stores to other states, and also to its move into the supplement market.
By the turn of the century, GNC’s emphasis veered towards the new trend of performance enhancement.
This shift may have been more accidental than savvy, as it has landed GNC in a considerable amount of legal trouble over the last decade. Nonetheless, GNC is considered the leading supplement purveyor in America.
GNC has undergone numerous changes in ownership and even business models, becoming a franchise opportunity and making their initial public offering on the stock exchange in 2011.
A statement from GNC’s 2015 form 10-K report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which was presented shortly after GNC had endured a number of legal battles about its herbal and diet supplements. The report states that manufacturing diet supplements make up only 9% of GNC’s net revenue.
“The Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2013, which was introduced in August 2013 (S142510), would amend the FDC Act to, among other things, (I) require dietary supplement manufacturers to register the dietary supplements that they manufacture with the FDA (and provide a list of the ingredients in and copies of the labels and labeling of the supplements), (ii) mandate the FDA and the Institute of Medicine to identify dietary ingredients that cause potentially serious adverse effects and (iii) require warning statements for dietary supplements containing potentially unsafe ingredients. If the bill is reintroduced and enacted, it could restrict the number of dietary supplements available for sale, increase our costs, liabilities and potential penalties associated with manufacturing and selling dietary supplements, and reduce our growth prospects.
The FTC continues to monitor our advertising and, from time to time, requests substantiation with respect to such advertising to assess compliance with the outstanding consent decree and with the Federal Trade Commission Act. Our policy is to use advertising that complies with the consent decree and applicable regulations. Nevertheless, there can be no assurance that inadvertent failures to comply with the consent decree and applicable regulations will not occur.
As a result of our efforts to comply with applicable statutes and regulations, we have from time to time reformulated, eliminated or relabeled certain of our products and revised certain provisions of our sales and marketing program.”
It’s clear that GNC has been consciously playing cat and mouse with the FDC. But did the fun end in 2015? Will their magical ability to flex as a corporation lead them in yet another direction?