Recently I have had people ask me about different weight loss products such as Body by Vi, Isogenix, and fat burners like Clenbuterol and Lipo Black 6. This is my very straight-forward and educated opinion about weight loss products that sound too good to be true.
- Look at the ingredients. Do you know what they all are? What are the long-term effects on your weight? What about your health? If you’re not sure, maybe you should reconsider. There are so many chemicals and artificial ingredients in many of these products that it’s hard for me to understand why you would PAY MONEY to put TOXINS into your body.
- The Low Calorie Trap. Cut back your calories drastically and of course you will lose weight…at least for a little while! And by weight, I mean fat and muscle. This is not such a hot idea because the more muscle you have, the more calories you can eat and when you start gaining weight when you come off the plan, you will replace most of the lost weight with fat. Why does this happen? Your body is smarter than you think and if it isn’t getting enough food, survival mode kicks in and you start to save energy – you will get cold, your metabolism slows down, and you will not lose as much weight. When food becomes available again, your body will try to store it for later because you basically told it that food is hard to come by and there may be a famine in the near future. You will also be hungry.
- Fat Burners. Want to burn some fat? Get on your workout gear and do some intense interval training. Stop eating donuts every day. Taking illegal supplements like ephedra and clenbuterol are not a good idea. First of all, YOU COULD DIE from taking them. Secondly, you don’t have to take them to see amazing results. Taking fat burners for an extended period of time also leads to adrenal fatigue more often than not. Basically, your adrenal gland produce many of the hormones that regulated your body and when they are in overdrive for a long time they can “short-circuit”, leading to fatigue, sleeping problems, increased appetite, and other negative consequences. Finally, these supplements are expensive and for the same reasons that low-calorie diets don’t work, you will also gain all of your weight and a little more when you come off of them.
“Products” that do help:
- Omega 3 fatty acids. This is a natural fat that we simply don’t get enough of and it has been scientifically shown to help people lose fat. Natural sources include flax, walnuts, and fatty fishes like salmon. You can also take fish oil or omega 3 capsules (best bet = extra strength ones at Costco).
- Green Tea. Full of antioxidants that reduce inflammation (which is linked to heart disease), drinking green tea or taking green tea extract can help increase your metabolic rate slightly and promote fat loss.
- Protein. A diet high in protein helps curb your appetite because it keeps you fuller longer. It also protects your lean muscle mass.
- Non-starchy Vegetables. These are the kings and queens of the grocery store. For limited calories, you get lots of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and taste. Try getting fat on non-starchy vegetables – impossible! Veggies not included in this category: potatoes, squash, corn, peas, etc. (they are still good for you, just in smaller portions).
- Nutrient timing. There is a HUGE difference between eating a banana after a workout and eating one right before you go to sleep. Once you realize how food affects your hormones, you can use it to your advantage to promote fat loss (or muscle gain).
Stay away from scammers trying to sell you fad diet products to pad their wallets! You are better off investing your money into some simple home fitness equipment, running shoes, or fresh fruits and veggies at the grocery store. The “magic bullet” really is diet and exercise, not some expensive concoction of snake oil hocked by someone looking to make a buck on your hopes.