The other day, I was browsing through Facebook and came across an ad selling pants that “make you burn extra calories.” A couple of days later, there was another ad to “lose 15 pounds in one week”. What about all those ridiculous fat burning miracle pills that are harmful for your health? The main purpose is to lose weight healthily and maintaining that weight loss!
Did you know that the weight loss supplement industry is worth $61 billion a year? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does NOT regulate the loss supplement industry which creates a massive loophole. Supplement manufacturers can pretty much claim whatever they want on their products, without the need for research or clinical testing. The FDA only requires that supplement manufacturers place a declaration on their products stating that “this product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.” These are interesting facts I learned about as I completed my sports nutrition course.
Anyone can be swayed by weight loss supplements. I was definitely someone who fell for them once upon a time. I tried “slimming machines” (and they did not work). I tried creams, lotions and potions (they didn’t work either). I also tried fat burning pills and didn’t get any thinner. In fact, I suffered from anxiety, heart palpitations and insomnia for up to a week after I stopped taking those miracle pills. Not only did those pills not work, but I risked my health and safety too. Eventually, I finally got off my butt and saw life-changing results by changing the way I eat and by lifting weights.
Although quick fixes might sound more appealing than gym sessions and healthy food, they do not work. Take it from someone who has given all these nonsensical weight loss supplements a try. I find it ironic that people will willingly spend thousands of dollars on machines and supplements but never think twice about joining a gym. If someone tells you that a product helped them lose weight, it is only because they used that supplement in ADDITION to dieting and exercise, and not because that supplement is necessary for fat loss.
I, Maya Nassar, personally believe fat loss is REALLY easy (although it does take hard work and extreme discipline). You eat right, exercise, lift weights and repeat. Limit junk food and alcohol to once a week only. That’s all it takes. There’s your REAL magic pill.
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