With it being the start of a New Year, I've been seeing a lot of things related to diet and exercise - everywhere. More people are on the health bandwagon, I see more ads online and on TV, stores are having sales... 'Tis the season!
I think that the most intriguing part of this for me is hearing/reading about what kind of diets people are trying. People are always looking for the quick fix. I suppose if you absolutely need to drop five pounds, in a short time, then such a plan is a good idea for you. However, dropping and gaining weight like that is not. Don't be fooled into thinking that you won't gain it back when you go back to your normal lifestyle. You will. Rapid losses resulting are generally not long-lasting. Remember the expression "slow and steady wins the race"? It applies to weight loss too.
This week I've seen diet pills on sale in store ads. I know people who have used such products and had success. Short-term. As soon as they've gone back to their usual lifestyle, they gain some (if not all, or more!) of the weight back. This is the case with pills, shakes, HCG, and the like. You cannot have long-lasting, healthy results by spending money on these products. Most people eat healthy when they use such products. Why not spend a little extra on the healthy foods, saving your wallet and your body from the effects of buying unhealthy products.
Clearly I do not endorse the use of chemical weight loss aids, in general.
Obviously some people have to use prescription medications for various reasons, and that's a little different. If you're using these meds you are under the supervision of a physician. There may be some reason that a person must use these methods. If you're consulting a physician, it's much different than picking up Over the Counter product Z.
I don't know how many times people have to say it...The sure-fire method of long-last weight loss? Eating healthy and exercise!!
How do you know you're eating healthy? Learn about ingredients and learn to read nutrition labels. A good general rule is that natural foods are better for you than processed. Processed foods are filled with all kinds of crazy things that you don't need. They're often packed with preservatives and sodium. If you find it in nature, it's probably good for you. If it's man-made, it's probably not. This idea is also known as "clean eating."