Gimmicks irritate me like nothing else. It doesn't matter what kind of gimmick it is, whether it be fat loss supplements that promise drastic change in your body composition after 30 days or some cheesy infomercial that successfully leaches millions- if not billions of hard earned cash out of the pockets of misled consumers each year.
It all just ticks me off. I guess what really frustrates me the most is that these "misled" consumers are the ones who do not do their research and purchase the bogus items that end up collecting dust in the spare bedroom for years on end. Why are people so easily tricked?
Whenever I see someone in the weight loss aisle at the grocery store looking confused and desperate, I just want to hand them my card. I usually end up walking away without lecturing because most people searching for the "miracle in a bottle" do not really know-or want to know the hard work that actual change entails. Weight loss is probably one of the most physically and mentally challenging things that a human being can intentionally put themselves through.
Food is good and it makes you feel good. It is our fuel and our nourishment and yet these days is abused like an illegal drug that has left approximately 63% of Americans overweight and riddled with life threatening disease. Childhood obesity has tripled in the past 20 years! What's even more shocking as our technological advances take over our lives, physical education is cut from our children's (those little people who will one day be running the world and changing OUR diapers) daily curriculum. Does anyone see what is wrong here?
Meanwhile, we are a nation of pill poppers; diet pills, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, pain killers, blah blah blah. There's got to be a pill for every issue in the book by now. Despite these miracle drugs, we only seem to be getting worse. In short, there is no pill that will melt your body fat as you sit and watch television and eat potato chips. Period. There are pills on the market that will deliver a boost of intense adrenaline and a rise in blood pressure that's meant to give you more energy to complete the task at hand (which is hopefully a workout).
These diet pill companies are allowed to label these products as "metabolism boosters" and "fat loss pills," and people buy them without knowing how to pronounce 90% of the ingredients on the back of the box and then they swallow them down. Once your heart is beating out of your chest and you begin to sweat, you are supposed to get your butt moving and burn some calories to take advantage of your newfound burst of craziness. The other enticement is that these pills may help suppress your appetite so you don't consume as many calories as usual. The negative side effects are hardly worth it and some folks with sensitive systems usually experience the worst of it; nausea, headaches, anxiety, dehydration, heart attacks, and even death.
So all in all, these pills are simply catalysts. Most of them contain a large amount of caffeine in just one pill (about 2 1/2 large cups of coffee) and some other herbs such as Yohimbe and citrus fruit. Yohimbe is an herb that is marketed to treat erectile dysfunction, weight loss and depression. Most of the findings from research show it is worthless, but seems to have potentially negative side effects if abused or the consumer has some preexisting health problem.
Look, pill popping of any kind is controversial and probably unnecessary for most people. 50 years ago, obesity was unheard of and people mostly popped aspirin and contraceptives- not Ambien and Prozac. Do yourself a favor and ditch the gimmicks, you'll save yourself the frustration and strain on your wallet. Weight loss is only possible when you burn more calories than you consume on a consistent basis and this only happens if you get off of the couch and skip McDonald's.