If you’ve heard this ad on the radio, you probably know how exciting it sounds. I mean, seriously, the announcer who does this commercial could talk me into becoming an alpaca farmer in less than 2 minutes, so it’s no wonder I fall for just about every other gimmick, trick, sale, and shortcut that’s out there. If I think alpacas could get me into early retirement, there’s really no surprise when I fall for the magic beans and ointments that promise to get me into jeans that are 3 sizes smaller, right?
Are the Promises True?
Just about every time we turn on our radios or TVs, we’re inundated with ads making outrageous promises, but are any of them true? And if they are true, is it worth the risk to our bodies to find out what works and what doesn’t? Here’s what we know:
- Yes, alpacas are adorable. Exciting? Eh, maybe, if they get really, really worked up.
- Diet pills. Whew, where to start? Most of them are unregulated, and that means we don’t even know what’s in them. However, as an example, a recent very popular one, Slimming Beauty Bitter Orange Slimming Capsules (it says “slimming” TWICE, which means it MUST work, right?), which sold like hotcakes online, was recently cited and pulled from shelves because of two warnings that were NOT listed on the label. First, the drug was illegally spiked with dangerous levels of sibutramine, otherwise known as Meridia, a powerful stimulant that was pulled at the request of the FDA. Secondly, the label failed to mention the possibility that users of this diet capsule could possibly suffer heart attacks. Consumer warnings also included potential dizziness, headaches, high blood pressure, vomiting, and insomnia. This is just one drug. There are MANY more on the market that are also unregulated.
- Dietary supplements. Although we should get most of our nutrition from the foods we consume, when used correctly, dietary supplements are ok. Just be aware that there’s no FDA requirement for supplements before they go on the market, so it’s a good idea to get advice from someone you trust before you buy. In this case, the cheapest isn’t necessarily the best!
- Crash diets. These may help you shed 10 or 15 pounds quickly, but a few other things will happen. You’ll burn out quickly, you won’t feel as strong because you’re drastically cutting your caloric intake, and because you’re depriving yourself of decent nutrition, you’ll likely fall off the crash-diet wagon sooner rather than later. And when you fall off the wagon, guess what? That 10 or 15 pounds (or even 17 or 20 pounds) will come right back. Deprivation can only work for a short time.
- Detox diets. They’re everywhere. You can’t go into a health food store, a big box store, or watch TV without hearing about them. Let’s just call these what they are. From colon cleanses to herbal detoxes, what we’re really left with is essentially forcing the human body to evacuate all the waste it possibly can in a short amount of time. Pretty gross. But do they make sense? The short answer is no. The longer answer is that cleanses can range anywhere from unhealthy to dangerous. Beginning with a serious lack of nutrients because of the dietary restrictions they require, users of cleanses can also cause their bodies to suffer intestinal imbalances or a lack of electrolytes. Simply stated, a healthy body should be able to maintain its systems and keep them functioning optimally without detoxes.
Here Is What We Know To Be True
Good old-fashioned hard work pays off. Our bodies were meant to eat. And they were meant to move. With a good balance of both of those, our bodies will be happier and healthier.
Losing body fat is difficult. Anyone who tells you they have found the easy solution is trying to sell you magic beans (or a load of B.S.). In fact, Eat to Perform reiterates that energy management is the one fat loss method that stands the test of time, and it is the one reason any diet or nutrition regimen works.
Building muscle is hard work. But muscle will make us stronger and healthier. Build muscle. Do it now.
And finally, thanks to the wisdom at Eat to Perform, we know THERE ARE NO BIG MISTAKES. We are working together and doing things in moderation, and if that means we need to occasionally recalculate, reconfigure, or rework our plans, that’s ok. We’re moving in the right direction, toward improving health and performance…and that means no mistake is huge.
So no more 2 a.m. diet pill purchases and no surprise herds of alpacas–instead, it’s time for hard work, sweat, and dedication.