I very strongly believe that teens should NOT be taking diet pills and meal substitution shakes!
I have been there, done that.
At your age I HATED my wieght (even though I wasn't that over wieght, size 14). I tried dexatrim, and other means of loseing wieght. It doesn't work! You only get sick and in the end you end up with an extra pound here, an extra pound there...
As I got a little older I realized that I just never had learned how to eat. My mom was constantly working and snacks and meals were up to me most of the time.
The absolute best thing you can do for yourself is learn how to eat a balanced diet (and that is a very difficult task for people your age.) If you can manage to cut your carbohydrates (most americans eat too many) and cut down on sugary treats (your body readily stores sugar as fat)without depriving yourself of them. Half the job is done.
Secondly, get a little bit of exersise first thing in the morning. That will naturally boost your metabolism all day!!! Without having to take one pill...
I wish you the best of luck
[This message has been edited by LauraG (edited 08-11-2001).]