Every magazine stand, television commercial, and Internet ad claims to show you the product that will be the fix-all for every insecurity you may have with your body.
“Take this pill before eating and burn that meal off”
“Take the whole bottle and watch the fat melt”
“Hold laser to body and rid of excess fat forever”
OK, maybe some of these examples are stretching it a little, but companies everywhere are making weight loss, bodybuilding, and all around fitness claims just because people need a quick and easy fix. Yes, it would be ideal to sit on the couch, not move at all and still lose weight. Chances of that actually happening: slim to none.
Let’s say for a second that these claims hold some validity. Maybe one of these magic pills helps you lose weight. That claim in and of itself is jam-packed. What weight loss companies don’t want to tell you: “weight loss” can come in multiple forms. I could throw on a sauna suit right now and run for half an hour, weigh myself and notice that I “lost weight.” Instant results, right? Wrong. Temporary results? That’s more like it. My sauna suit assisted in the loss of water weight. Many of the magical supplements include large amounts of caffeine and a combination of different herbs that work as diuretics (aka, they rid your body of excess water weight, like my sauna suit). In other words, if you want a false sense of accomplishment, a severely jittery feeling and too many bathroom trips, these may work for you.
Ever stop to think about how that pill you’re about to pop is working to meet its claims? Claims like “blocking fat receptors:, “incinerating fat molecules” and “suppressing appetite”. Popular fat burners claim to keep the body in a state of Thermogenesis. Constantly heating and speeding up your body has to carry a down side, right? In the pharmaceutical world, it is possible to create supplement ingredients that mimic others. Years ago, the diet world was taken by storm by Ephedrine, a product that worked to help people reach their weight loss goals, but also resulted in many deaths. Someone somewhere saw that product work and changed the formula slightly to deliver the same results under a different name. Enter vast majority of new supplements here.
You don’t want to hear it, but you’re better off getting up and working out. Trainers and famous Hollywood faces have put together compilations of their fat blasting, super toning workouts and all you need to do is pop it in your DVD player and you’ll be on your way.
There’s a catch though: you actually have to get up and do it.
If simply watching a DVD gave people bodybuilder status, I know a lot of guys who would be seriously upset that they wasted so much time in the gym. The DVDs contain a variety of workouts, that in due time, will produce results. However, you have to follow them AND make overall lifestyle changes. Lasting results don’t come overnight. Its a process. Here are some key things to keep in mind during this process:
- Exercise is good. Eating right and exercising is better. At least once a week someone complains to me about their lack of success after all the working out they’ve been doing. Then I ask what they’ve been eating. Plain and simple: 30 minutes of fat blasting cardio is awesome. BUT, eating a triple cheeseburger with bacon and fries after that workout undoes that work. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
- Fad diets are called a fad for a reason. Sure, in one month I can lose weight by cutting out almost everything. But, what happens after that 30 day diet is done? I plateau, or worse, I gain that weight back. The definition of a fad (according to thefreedictionary.com) is “a temporary fashion taken up with enthusiasm for a brief period of time.” Lifestyle change, people. Try that fad if you absolutely insist, but be prepared to still change the way you eat in order to keep the weight off.
- Just because its in your house does not mean it will benefit you more. Statistically speaking, over 90% of people who own a treadmill will not actually use it regularly. It becomes a great drying rack, or a place to put extra Christmas decorations. Sure, its a great investment IF you’re going to use it. Its an awesome dust collector if you don’t. Signing up for a class at a gym or finding a gym buddy may end up being cheaper AND more beneficial.
Long story short: As much as we want them to, results don’t happen overnight. Lasting results come from a progressive process. If you want something long term, you need to commit and extend effort.
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” -Emerson