In this world of rampant obesity, where it seems like every woman you talk to just wants to lose weight, most of these people are looking for a magic pill for a “quick fix.” And so we turn to the diet section of the drug store or the local health food store trying to figure out which manufacturer’s “proprietary blend” will give us the edge we’re looking for.
Americans spend more than $1 billion a year on unregulated diet products, none of which have proven to actually promote weight loss. Of all of the products out there, none have done unbiased studies to prove their products’ effectiveness. And with any weight loss seen by people taking these pills, is it a result of their new motivation to do well and follow a calorie-controlled diet and exercise plan, or is it truly just the pill? The following article from a couple years back discusses more about this eye-opening discovery: http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20100712/study-casts-doubt-on-weight-loss-supplements
If we know that these products don’t really work, they why do we continue to buy them? More importantly, why are we so impatient and not willing to do the actual work required to lose the weight? Why do we want to take the easy way out?
It’s because making change is hard and can be a bit scary at the beginning. What if I fail? What if I can’t keep up the changes? We are so paralyzed by the fear of failure that we shoot ourselves in the foot before we even get started. We set such high expectations that we make it inevitable that we will fail. If this sounds like you, then it’s time to try a new approach.
Now that we know that these over-the-counter weight loss supplements are a waste of money, what about other supplements? Are they just as ineffective? No.
There’s good scientific evidence that certain supplements, including probiotics, omega-3 fish oil, vitamin D, magnesium, and many others are key pieces to supporting a healthier gut microbiome and reducing systemic inflammation, which lie at the root cause of weight loss resistance and most illnesses.
Healing the gut and creating a healthy microbiome, which will in turn decrease inflammation, is actually a crucial step in breaking through weight loss resistance. But popping a bunch of supplements is still not a miracle pill answer. Understanding how these supplements can support a healthier gut microbiome, in addition to proper nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, and other lifestyle factors requires reading, studying, and learning so you can create a program that works for you.
We created a program that does just that! It’s called, “A Whole Life Guide to Lasting Weight Loss” and it’s part of the Clean Eating Academy. It’s a 9-week program that take you through all of these topics to help you create an individualized program that will help you lose the weight, for good!
In the program, you will study nutrition, fitness, cooking, shopping for food, meal planing, stress management, how to improve your sleep, what kind of blood testing should be done, and get many of our favorite recipes to help you along the way.
There’s also a private Facebook page where you can ask us any questions as well as be a part of a community. We often share new recipes and make suggestions of new products we find.
Try it out and we’ll be with you every step of the way.