Why Diet Pills Don’t Work

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Diet pills are a dime a dozen. Walk into any drugstore or supermarket and you’ll see at least fifteen different kinds of diet pills, all promising to do the same thing – suppress your appetite and make the pounds melt off. It almost seems too good to be true, right? The truth is, it is too good to be true.

Diet pills aren’t much more than cleverly marketed supplements, and at best won’t do much to help you lose weight without modification of your diet and integrating exercise into your daily life. At worst, dangerous ingredients in diet pills can do more harm than good, causing increased heart rate, sweating, nervousness and other adverse health effects. Long term use of diet pills has been shown to cause more serious side effects, such as heart problems.

But do diet pills actually make you gain weight?

In a way, yes.

Do They Really Stop The Food Cravings?

Many diet pills have ingredients that work to suppress your appetite, or stop you from craving food. This may seem great at first, but it’s not doing you any favors. Diet pills don’t address the real problem people have with food. They don’t address overeating, or poor nutrition. They don’t tackle the root of the problem – they are simply a Band-Aid solution. When you don’t take the diet pills, chances are, you are really going to want those cheese fries.

Do They Really Increase Your Metabolism?

Most diet pills use some kind of stimulant to boost the metabolism, like caffeine or ephedra. These are the components that can cause you to feel jittery or nervous, or cause heart palpitations. Honestly, you aren’t burning that many more calories just because you’re on a crazy caffeine high. What often happens is your body uses up your blood sugar stores quickly, leading to a fast drop in your blood sugar. This, in turn, triggers your body to want to eat, and to eat now. So while you may have done well in the morning with your yogurt and granola bar, by lunchtime, your body is going to want protein, carbs and sugar. Likely, in the form of a McDonald’s value meal.

When The Weight Comes Back With A Vengeance

Whenever you stop taking diet pills, you will gain the weight you lost right back, and usually you will gain more. This is because you never learned how to truly lose weight. Healthy weight loss involves learning to eat well and exercise regularly. When you learn to change your lifestyle and the way you look at food, it’s a permanent change. Diet pills? They’re just a fad. 

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Winter Workout Tips

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Working out in the winter can be tough. It’s cold, you really don’t want to go outside and curling up on the sofa under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa sounds way better than donning your yoga pants and getting your exercise on. However, if you don’t keep your fitness level up through the winter, it will be that much harder to get back in the groove when it warms up and when you actually do want to get out there and stay fit.

Here are some easy ways to get your butt into gear during the winter when all you really want to be doing is snuggling up next to the heater with a good book.

Light Therapy

Light therapy is commonly used for depressive disorders, especially Seasonal Affective Disorder – a disorder in which many people become depressed or notice depressive symptoms in the winter, when they don’t get out as much or are stuck in the house. Light therapy uses a solar lamp to deliver white light for a specified period each day. While it is primarily used for depression and other similar disorders, you can use it to help you get motivated to exercise. Because it can help boost mood during times that there is less natural light available – like during the winter – you can use light therapy to fool yourself into feeling revved up just like you do when the sun is shining outside.

Vitamin D Caplets

The sun increases your body’s available Vitamin D, and in the winter, we naturally get less vitamin D because we are exposed to less natural light. If you can’t get a solar lamp, consider supplementing your diet with vitamin D caplets during the winter. You can also use vitamin D supplementation in addition to light therapy. Vitamin D can help you feel more energized during the winter, instead of tired and lethargic.

Bite The Bullet

Getting out of bed or off the couch and working out is the hardest part – once you’re actually up and doing it, it’s no big deal. Working out makes you feel fabulous for the rest of the day. Even if it’s a blizzard outside, you’ll feel great all day and have the energy to power thorough your “to do” list. So just bite the bullet, get up and exercise. Flip on your winter workout DVD and go to town, even if you can only stand to do 10 minutes of it. Throw your hair up, slip on your tennis shoes and get in the car before you can talk yourself out of going to the gym. It’s hard getting going during the winter, but once you’re finished, you’ll be glad you did it. 

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How To Meet Your New Years Weight Loss Goals Without Diet Pills

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Diet pills are often touted as a great way to lose weight quickly, without a lot of hard work, but in all actuality, diet pills can be dangerous to use and the effects don’t last very long. Once you stop taking the diet pills, the weight you lost (which often isn’t much in the first place and is mostly water weight anyways) usually comes right back and you’re forced to take the diet pills again to lose the weight and keep it off.

This is great for the diet pill companies, but not so great for your body and your overall health. Losing extra weight and maintaining a healthy weight is an important long term goal, but you don’t have to use diet pills to do it. If your New Year’s goal is to lose weight, you can do it without diet pills for longer lasting results! It may take some effort, but the hard work will be worth it come bikini season.

Calculate Your Basal Metabolic Rate

This is the amount of calories your body needs on a daily basis to perform basic functions like breathing and digestion. You can find a BMR calculator here. (http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/)

Reduce Your BMR By 500 Calories

You can lose weight fairly quickly if you create a 500 calorie daily deficit in your BMR. This forces your body to use the calorie stores your body has – also known as fat – to perform its daily functions. However, you don’t want to create a 500 calorie deficit in just your diet, or just exercise. Doing so is very hard to actually maintain. Who can truly stick to a 1100 calorie diet? It’s not healthy, first of all. And it’s really very difficult.

The best way to create the 500 calorie deficit is to do so by splitting up the calories between exercise and diet. Reduce your BMR by 250 calories and consume only that amount of calories a day. Then, make sure to burn at least 250 calories through exercise each day.

Losing weight may seem difficult at times, but it honestly is a simple mathematical equation. If you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight!

Always discuss any weight loss plan with your doctor first to determine the right plan for you and your body type. He or she can recommend the best foods to eat and forms of exercise for your specific health situation.

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