If you’ve decided to drop the extra pounds you’re carrying and lose weight for life, chances are you’ve probably done your fair share of internet surfing to find the easiest way to do it. If easy is high on your priority list, no doubt you’ve checked out weight loss supplements. And perhaps like millions of people each year, you probably loved the idea of the weight “simply melting off in no time, with hardly any effort.”
As the old saying goes, “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is” and as a personal trainer, I’m afraid to break it to you. There is no magic pill (pardon the pun) when it comes to weight loss.
Sure, we’ve heard all about supplements like Hoodia and seen the dramatic (in my view, over dramatic!) before and after shots of devotees who apparently swear by the supplement. But the thing is – like most products in the weight loss industry – supplements aren’t meant to work long term.
Here are the two big ones that many weight loss supplements claim:
- You don’t have to worry about dieting: This is rubbish that appeals to people who don’t want to control what they eat. Fact is, you need to get your metabolism on side to get the weight off and keep it off. To do that, you need to fuel your body up with the right foods at the right time. This means cutting back on carbs, cutting out processed foods and consuming lots of fruit and veggies – in addition to healthy carbs, good fats and of course, lean proteins. If you’re time poor or stressed about changing your dietary habits, you won’t like the sound of this – but it’s the only way!
- You don’t have to do any exercise: This is totally wrong! No diet pill will help you to burn the calories needed to rid your body of excess fat and keep it off – none! All a pill may do is elevate your heart rate somewhat, but that’s about it. Frequent exercise will help you to burn the calories you need to lose weight and keep it off – and by regularly exercising, you’ll increase your energy levels, help your resting metabolism so it burns fat even when you’re resting and build muscle which also helps you to burn fat and keep weight off. Pills don’t do this.
By changing your lifestyle to include a healthy diet and healthy dose of exercise, you’ll not only get the weight off – you’ll keep it off for life.
And trust me. No pill will do this for you. The weight loss supplement companies don’t care about you. They simply want to make money and keep people overweight, so they can keep making money!
After saying all of this though, it’s totally fine for you to supplement your healthy diet with vitamin supplements if you’re finding yourself lacking a bit. And yes, it’s okay for you to have a meal replacement shake every once in awhile – but only as part of a healthy and balanced diet. The shakes recommend this anyway.
Remember, 30 days is all it takes to get you well and truly into the habit of healthy – so start today!