Be Real about Weight Loss – Part 2

Weight-loss gimmicks are everywhere, especially right now. I’m sure some people won’t agree with me on this, but here’s the truth: none of the weight-loss products work long-term. None of them are sustainable. In college, I pretty much tried every diet pill out there. None of them worked. I just got hooked on the caffeine in them and it sucked weening myself off them (during finals, no less).

The truth is that the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, Slimfast, Body by Vi all have two things in common: fewer carbs and fewer calories. Will you lose weight on them? Yes. Probably within the first month, too.

So…. Why are they bad?

Cutting carbs out completely is actually detrimental to your body. You NEED them. They are your main source of fuel—especially during workouts. Professional athletes thrive on carbs before, during, and after they workouts. Cutting them out will make you tired, recover slower, less energized, and cranky as all get-out.

Can you and should you cut back on carbs to lose weight? Yes, but you need to do so in a smart, healthy, and long-lasting way. The best way to do this is by cutting out all white sugars and starches because these are what I would consider “bad” carbs. “Good” cards are whole grains, real fruits and veggies, nuts, and low-fat dairy.

Furthermore, meal replacement products like Slimfast and Body by Vi are unhealthy by many standards. The majority of nurses, doctors, and dieticians will tell you that replacing food with a liquid will make you lose weight, but it’s not healthy, nor sustainable. Many of those products that claim to be “natural” and “healthy” are far from it, too. These also perpetuate the yo-yo dieting rut that a lot of people seem to fall into.

Not to mention my BIGGEST problem with most of these gimmicks—none of them have been tested long-term, in conjunction with a variety of other pills/medications, and the majority of them do not have any kind of federal approval (FDA).

Yeah, I took diet pills and I can never reverse what damage they may have done, but I wish I could. None of us will ever know what any of those weight-loss shakes or pills could actually do to our health down the road because there aren’t any tests to show us.

So what do I recommend to my clients for help with weight-loss?

Honestly…. And I’m sorry this may stink to hear…. But good, old fashioned hard work. When you eat clean 85-90% of the time and work out smart and hard 5-6 days a week (consistency!), there is no reason you shouldn’t lose weight at a HEALTHY and SUSTAINABLE rate of 1-2 pounds per week.

The Biggest Loser isn’t real life. People in diet pill commercials show a fictitious side of things. There is no magic pill.

Want a real success story? Check out a local Herman Miller employee who lost weight the real way. I’ve been in contact with him and he’s the first to admit that it wasn’t easy…. But it’s so worth it!

Do yourself a favor—work hard, eat right, sleep well, and have a good network of people to help you achieve your goals. Any and all goals.