Monday, February 27, 2012

Mother's Little Weight Loss Helpers

While I was away, news broke about FDA approval of yet another new "miracle" weight loss pill.

How long do you think it will be until they have to pull it off the market because of adverse side effects???

As this article shows, we've had a pretty long and torrid history in trying to find that miracle pill that allows you to shed weight effortlessly.   Pretty much everything had side affects so bad, you have to question if losing weight by taking a pill is really all that good of an idea.  Yeah, you lost 40 pounds by taking a pill, but you now have a child with birth defects.

Is it really worth the risk?

Also, people may lose weight while they're on the pill, but because they've never addressed the underlying problems for their obesity--consuming too many calories and too little exercise--they're pretty much guaranteed to put back on every single pound once they go off of it.

So once again we get to the only true methodology for losing weight and keeping it off.  

First, you have to permanently cut back on your daily calorie consumption.  No, short term "diet" is going to keep the weight off.

Second, you have to move more.   No, you don't have to go to the gym every single day for the rest of your life and have the sweat soak through your clothes, but you do have to take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to the store instead of taking your car, and find other ways to just move every day.

8 comments:

  1. An acquaintance of mine told me about the newest pill last week, and she's wanting to take them! She, who took the phen-fen combo way back when but had to stop because her heart was racing. Wow. It just stuns me that people will still go for the magic pill, no matter what the consequences.

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    1. A pill would be a much easier route, but different ways of cutting calories can also do the trick. I actually came across this article on a fitness blog that made all the difference. I hate the gym, and starting a weight loss goal was much easier after I read this!

      http://www.fitzness.com/blog/?p=12190

      Just thought I’d pass it on. I’m a huge advocate for people getting healthy, especially from the lessons I have learned along the way. Pills are the easy way out, but also the more harmful one. I wish people would stick to doing it the natural way!

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  2. Taking a pill is so much easier than actually cutting crap out of the diet, giving up soda and gasp, exercising.. besides, these people have no time in their day and good food is expensive..

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