@bizymum: Hi! You're right. You can actually take a max of 4 pills per day. But only when 2 or 3 pills are not enough to make you lose weight. I suggest that you take 2 pills first and see how it goes from there. I, myself, am taking just 2 pills per day and it's already working wonderfully on me. Also, it's your prerogative on when to take them. Some take them before breakfast and before lunch, while some take them before lunch and before dinner. It's up to you. Have you weighed yourself already? I wish you the best of luck!