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, 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 has 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 following a calorie-controlled diet and exercise plan or is it truly just the pill. The following article 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?
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. Read more about it in tomorrow’s “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 fish oil, vitamin D, calcium, and many others are so important to promoting good health, a topic that we will address in the coming weeks.