Weight loss supplements are a complete and total waste of your hard earned money my friends. If losing weight was as easy as taking a pill, or swallowing a drink, there would never be a reason for any of us to be obese ever again. Yet, everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with advertisements for these supplements. Good lord, just how many people really believe they can lose 10 to 20 pounds per month and still be healthy?
How can people be so foolish to buy into this nonsense?
People buy into this nonsense because they want a quick and simple fix to a long term problem. Please note, there are no quick and simple fixes for obesity. Meanwhile, unscrupulous marketers continue to make billions of dollars a year from these so-called quick weight loss supplements. Sadly, their market keeps growing and growing with each passing year. These marketers rely on an endless supply of suckers being ready to handover their hard earned money by the fist full every day. Don’t be a sucker!
Marketers of weight loss supplements make unreal and unhealthy promises!
A few weight loss supplements might lead to some weight loss, but this is rarely sustainable. Yet marketers of weight loss supplements keep promising us a more attractive and slimmer body in a very short period of time. Have you ever known of anyone who kept their weight off with a supplement? Probably not.
In the U.S. alone, consumers spend $33 billion each year on weight loss products, services and programs. Yet, the obesity epidemic across the country continues to expand faster than some of our waist lines.
The results of rapid weight loss, almost always vanish pretty quickly. This is often because the individual dieter has the wrong mindset about actual weight management. Losing unwanted body fat requires a change of thinking. You must accept the only true way to success is a permanent change of life style. That lifestyle must be one that revolves around personal accountability to self and healthy living. There are no shortcuts!
Health implications from weight loss supplements and rapid weight loss.
Rapid weight loss creates physical demands on the body. Possible serious risks include:
- Gallstones, which occur in 12% to 25% of people losing large amounts of weight over several months
- Dehydration, which can be avoided by drinking plenty of fluids
- Malnutrition, usually from not eating enough protein for weeks at a time
- Electrolyte imbalances, which can be life threatening
Other less serious side effects from rapid weight loss are:
- Menstrual irregularities
- Hair loss
- Muscle loss
Before laying down your hard earned cash on weight loss supplements, you need to know the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does regulate dietary supplements; however, it treats them like foods rather than medications. Whether it lives up to the manufactures claims or not is irrelevant to them.
The FDA also does not regulate claims made by over-the-counter weight loss products. Unlike drug manufacturers, the makers of supplements don’t have to show their products are safe or effective before selling them on the market. This means that dietary supplements do not need approval from FDA before they are marketed.
Your weight loss supplement may cause you bodily harm!
Just because you see a supplement product on a store shelf does not mean it is safe. Even riskier to your health would be some of the supplements from multilevel marketers your family or friends might be selling. The Food and Drug Administration has received numerous reports of harm associated with the use of weight loss supplements, including increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, stroke, seizure and death.
If you are using or considering using any product marketed as a weight loss supplement, you should do the following:
- Check with your physician if the product is even safe for you!
- Ask yourself if it sounds too good to be true.
- Be cautious if the claims for the product seem exaggerated or unrealistic.
- Watch out for extreme claims such as “quick and effective” or “totally safe.”
- Be skeptical about anecdotal information from personal “testimonials” about incredible benefits or results from using a product.
- Remember, people lie and manipulate in order to get at your hard earned money. They do not care about you, they care about your money!
Weight loss demands a sensible approach.
In any legitimate weight loss program or lifestyle such as David’s Way, what really burns fat is not a pill, type of food, or gimmick. Our methodology gets back to the nutritional basics which involve a reduction of calories that meet your individual metabolic needs, combined with exercise that has first been cleared for you by your doctor. We promote weight loss and management in a holistic manner where we believe the path to successful weight management involves the mind, body and soul being in the game of achieving and maintaining a healthy body fat percentage rather than attempting to reach and hold a random number on your scale.
Before taking any weight loss supplement, or beginning any diet plan, always consult with your physician first.
- Get your mind wrapped around the idea of a permanent lifestyle change that focuses on a healthy body fat percentage. You are doomed to fail if you think you can just go about this as a temporary challenge to get through. Good health needs to be a permanent focus.
- Learn to make your world small. What this means is, make it a daily point to try to reduce your stress day by only concentrating on issues of true importance that affect you and not the superfluous problems of others around you. Misery loves company and if you allow the crabs to pull you down, they most certainly will.
- Live by principles of the Serenity Prayer in all endeavors. Lord, grant me the Serenity to accept that which I cannot change. The Courage to change that which I can. And the Wisdom to know the difference.
- Exercise on a regular basis with the approval of your doctor. Exercise not only helps you to burn off body fat while increasing your strength and cardiovascular fitness. It also helps immensely with stress reduction which we all know can be a significant trigger to binge eating.
- Figure your caloric needs for each day by visiting our Calorie Counter Pro. Simply fill in your basic information and hit calculate. This information is 100% private and cannot be seen by anyone other than whom you might share it with. Your privacy is respected, we comply with all HIPPA regulations to protect your privacy. It is strongly recommended you choose the calories required to only lose one pound of body fat per week.
- Be sure that you consume all your calories each day. If you go over one day and under the next, remember that what is really important is that the total caloric average at the end of the week should not exceed your daily needs. In other words, if you go over one day, this can be offset by going an equal amount under the next.
- Quit eating and drinking refined sugar and simple carbs unless the simple carbs come with a fiber component such as fruit.
- Do not eat processed foods that are usually heavy on added sugars, unhealthy fats, high in sodium and full of preservatives.
- Eat whole foods that pack plenty of nutritional value which meet all of your macro-nutrient needs of protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and healthy fats.
- Do ensure you eat plenty of lean protein to ensure you are taking in all the nine essential amino acids required by your body to replace and repair all of your body’s tissues. Essential amino acids can only come from food sources and are not stored in your body. Therefore they must be replenished on a regular basis.
- Eat 25 to 40 percent of your calories in lean protein, especially during your weight loss mode. This will help to protect you from losing lean muscle tissue along with your body fat, and will also help to keep you better satiated between meals. The rest of your caloric intake should come from complex carbohydrate foods and healthy fats such as found in fish, nuts and seeds etc.
- Do not weigh yourself more than once a week. Your body weight fluctuates from day to day, hour by hour, simply by water retention. A focus on the overall trend of your weight and the way your clothing fits is more important than one slight increase in the number on the scale. If the trend is climbing after a month, simply reduce your daily calories by a couple hundred. One pound of body fat equals 3500 calories which is 500 per day when divided by 7 days in the week. If the monthly trend shows you are losing more than 4 pounds per month, increase your calories to where it slows to 1 pound per week on average. If the monthly trend shows you are gaining, simply reduce your calories by an appropriate amount to meet your needs.
- Should you decide to combine David’s Way with Intermittent Fasting, think about this; Intermittent Fasting, while being effective, is nothing new. It is how we used to eat back before the obesity epidemic became so bad. Once dinner was over and the dishes were cleaned and put away. the kitchen was closed until the next mornings breakfast. I recommend Intermittent Fasting for those who are on weight loss mode as it helps you to build upon your personal discipline to only eat when truly hungry, or during your time to feed. Be sure if you do “IF” to consume all of your daily calories during your feed time too. Diabetics, you need to be cleared by your physician before beginning Intermittent Fasting!
- Visit our web site “Loraine’s Kitchen” section and try our delicious and healthy recipes. We provide you with a plethora of sugar free dessert and treat recipes along with an abundance of hearty meal ideas. Going sugar free does not mean you can no longer enjoy an occasional treat.
- Do not ever let yourself get caught up in gimmicks or paid weight loss plans that are vague in their instructions. Even some of the big name companies that have been around for years only care to string you along as a perpetual income source. At David’s Way, we will never charge you for our information that helps you live a healthier life. We charge nothing for you to access our articles and recipes. These will always be free to you. That is my pledge.