A while ago I briefly wrote an article discussing "The All Natural 'Magic Pill' for Weight Loss" (<--- click the link to be taken to it directly). I targeted how Dr. Oz was selling lies. Not much has changed and he is not the only one doing it. Celebrities are in it too - pause for a sudden, short intake of breath.
These past few years I have seen a big change in the way the fitness industry shifts from trend to trend between the newest diet plan or the new exercise machine. The industry targets the population by pushing the newest trends for weight loss, trendy diets with celebrities with no knowledge of nutrition or exercise machines that apparently build better buttocks by sitting down on it.
As a Strengh coach I can only shake my head. I cannot imagine what may be going on in the heads of the consumer who is not aware of such fallacies. The false claims for getting into the beach body by drinking some type of tea seems absurd to me, but what do I know, I only went to school to study the human body and its physiological, mechanical, and psychological mechanisms.
I am having a harder time explaining to people why some of these crazy fads do not work, and if they do, it is only a matter of time when you will see the side effects. I had a person come up to me saying that they will be partaking in the spicy lemonade detox plan. That was the first time I heard about it, but apparently it has been around for a long time.
From what I have researched, it consists on mixing maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper all while on a fast from solid food for several days and is best done on spring?
Would I do this? Heck no!
Is it safe? Doesn't seem like it. Apparently the side effects are: headaches, joint stiffness, aches, acne or other eruptions, watery bowel movements, hunger, more pain, lethargy, brain fog. I think the list is longer...
Is it scientifically proven? Nope, I could not find any good peer-review journal that proved this was a great "detox".
The human body has this great cleansing system called the liver. It alone can cleanse your body from all the garbage you put into it, i.e. liquor from the weekend, fast food processed meat from the burger joint down the street, the pills that help you "study", I can write an entire list but I think you get the picture.
All you basically need to do is stop consuming so much crap and start to respect your body. Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind:
1. Stop looking for shortcuts if you want to loose weight in a healthy way.
2. Reduce the trips to the fast food places
3. Cook your own meals
4. Reduce the liquor intake
5. Drink more water
6. Be more active. You don't nessesarily need to join a gym, just walk more, play with
your kids, walk the dog, take the stairs.
7. Consume less canned foods = less sodium in your diet which can have a huge postive impact in your health...errr I don't know, maybe reduce hypertension and reduce blood pressure.
Notice I have just given you a list of things that don't make you spend money, if anything, it saves you money. It is also a list for a change in your lifestyle.
Simple things can alter your health. Start now! not tomorrow, not on New Years, not after your birthday or this weekend. NOW!!!!
Below is a video of a Coach MIKE HOWARD whom I personally know and respect. He is a huge advocate for a healthy lifestyle, check it out, I think he delivers the message much better than I could. Follow His page on facebook LEAN MINDED