There are millions of women and men who are overweight and even though it has probably taken years to slowly get that way, so many are still turning to expensive magic pills, potions and schemes that the diet industry offers in hope of a quick fix to their weight problem.
Are there really magic diet pills that work without exercise to can give you your dream body in a month or are you better off getting on the couch and starting on a journey to a fitter, healthier you!
In a recent post on ‘Losing Body fat vs. Losing Weight’ I touched on the subject of how the weight loss industry is such a huge business with so many different companies making promises that their product will give you that perfect body. It has been reported that in the USA alone the diet industry brings in annually revenue of over 20 Billion dollars.
The Ugly Truth…
The companies that make these products claim that they can help increase your metabolism, change your body composition and even lose unwanted weight forever. Yet, they are not regulated by any official body which means that they don’t have to follow any guidelines or prove to anyone about the safety or effectiveness of their products.
There have been several studies on these weight loss methods and they have all shown there is no evidence that any one product will actually result in significant long-term weight loss.
It has also been found that many of these pills and potions not only won’t help you lose weight but can also be seriously detrimental to your health, this is especially not ideal for those who may already have health problems because of being weight problem.
Some of these products encourage drastic cutting of the calories consumed which will result in weight loss. But that loss will also include muscle mass and therefore make you weaker and prone to injuries as well as lower your natural metabolic rate.
Other side effects can vary from increasing your blood pressure and heart rate to headaches, insomnia and dizziness, with some cases even resulting in drug abuse and dependence.
So as you can see yes, you can lose weight by just taking a magic pill and not exercising but not only could you put your health at risk, you will also lose that precious muscle and just become skinny fat…
The Healthy Option
If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you are much better embarking on a long term fitness program with a proper nutritional diet.
Yes, it will take a longer amount of time and it won’t always be easy but doing it this way you become stronger both physically and mentally.
Also by eating the right nutrition in the correct portion sizes you can give your body the right fuel to create a healthier you. If you start including a lot more vegetables and have fruit rather than a snickers bar your body will thank you for it.
There are so many ways to eat all sorts of delicious foods that will fill you up and are good for you, so you soon won’t think about reaching for that calorie packed, non- nutritious junk food.
If you start to work on building some more muscle you will increase your metabolism and also become a more compact version therefore look better in all your clothes.
Your energy and self confidence will increase and you will feel a pride in your efforts and achievements. If you still need some convincing to start on your journey to becoming a fitter, healthier you, then have a read of my post ‘Often all you need is a little motivation’.
It’s Your Choice
If you need to lose weight which path are you going to take, fill your body with untested pharmaceuticals that can give you all sorts of horrible side effects? Or get up and make the effort to begin your own journey to become a healthier fitter female, which will result in you not only feeling good but looking great! I’d love to hear from those of you that have embarked on that journey…