Guest post by Alicia Witt of Abusing Adderall.
There is always a lot of buzz about the latest weight-loss medication to hit the market, from Alli to SlimQuick to anything with “fen” in the name. And why not? We are not only a nation plagued by obesity, we have also adopted an attitude of instant gratification that the modern snake-oil salesman is only too happy to play on. But we know better.
Despite the fact that we are all too willing pop pills in the hopes of turning into Heidi Klum, we are well aware of the fact that we are buying into a fantasy that will never come true. And while many of these alleged miracle cures deliver on their promise of rapid weight loss, there are a few things to consider before you put them in your body.
But They’re Herbs
First, you should be aware that most herbal supplements (like those found in many over-the-counter weight-loss pills) are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. This means that they can make all kinds of unfounded promises that they may or may not deliver (as long as they include a disclaimer that reads, “results are not typical”).
Beyond that, you can encounter unknown side effects (that would have been uncovered under rigorous FDA testing). Remember a few years ago when it was revealed that Fen-phen caused heart attacks (when a bunch of people had heart attacks after taking it)? Do you really want to risk your life taking pills that are not approved by the FDA when there are better ways to lose weight?
Quick Weight Loss
The real problem with these “medications” is that while they may help you shed unwanted pounds quickly, they offer no real solution when it comes to maintaining the lower number on the scale permanently. You might drop five or ten pounds on a cleanse, or even more with longer-term products, but what happens when you stop taking them?
If you haven’t significantly changed your habits, you will return to your pre-pill weight (and then some) in a vicious cycle of yo-yo loss and gain (which can cause several health risks in itself). So that really leaves you one alternative if you want to get fit and healthy (and keep the weight off) for life: you guessed it, diet and exercise.
Lose Weight Naturally
Diet and exercise are not the easiest or fastest ways to lose weight, but it is universally accepted as the best way. A natural and diverse diet that is largely vegetarian will help to regulate your digestion and make you feel a lot better than all the processed junk you’re used to ingesting.
And in case you didn’t know it, our bodies were built to move! While your job may keep you woefully sedentary, it doesn’t preclude you from moving and grooving in your off-hours, so if you haven’t exercised in more than a decade, start off slow with a daily walk, then ratchet it up to some aerobics, hiking, biking, jogging, or swimming.
Good heart health will make you feel strong and alert (and prevent that heart attack you’ve been working on for the last several years). Best of all, there is no better combo for weight-loss. So skip the magic pills and miracle drinks give your extra pounds the one-two punch of a healthier diet and an exercise regimen. It will certainly take longer, but the lasting results will leave you looking and feeling great.