Women’s Fitness Central – 3 Key Concepts For Body Shaping Women Must Apply to Achieve Their Goal

In an attempt to get fit, reshape your body, and meet your goals, there are key components in your womens fitness program that need to be applied. Unfortunately, most of the myths we hear about today go against these basic concepts. However, despite the misconceptions that have been passed down through the generations, the 3 components of body shaping women need to apply to get the body shape you want are listed below.

But before covering the 3 key components, it’s important to realize that in body shaping women need to find a program that allow two things to occur. One is that you add muscle. The second is that you lose fat. The two activities go hand in hand and your results will be minimized if one action is achieved and the other is not. If you just lose fat and do not do anything to increase muscle, essentially you get the benefit of the bean pole look and that doesn’t offer much shape to your figure. (Of course you could then be the lucky one called on frequently to squeeze into tight confined spaces.) If you build muscle but don’t lose fat, then you can enjoy the sumo wrestler appearance. And well…in picturing that shape, I personally do want to look in the mirror and see a marshmallow staring back at me. Remembering the concepts below will help you avoid this fate.

Lift heavy weight – Most women when asked about their goals always state that they want to get toned but don’t want to bulk up. Here is the good news…women don’t bulk up. It takes extreme concentrated effort, very specific targeted training, and typically illegal supplementation (IE: steroids) for a women to actually gain any muscle bulk. Now this is not to say that you won’t build muscle because that is the purpose of resistance training. However, the extent to which you build that muscle is limited. Besides, if you are looking to do a little body shaping women need to add a little muscle as part of that. So lift the weight, push yourself, and see how heavy you can go.
High intensity cardio – There’s a deceitful little button on most cardio machines that’s labeled “fat burning mode”. It’s deceitful because its label implies that by working out in that mode you are actually accomplishing a lot more than you really are. It’s a nice easy pace with little effort. The truth is that it takes 2 to 3 times longer to burn the same amount of calories using the fat burning mode as it does when you work out at a moderately high intensity for 30 minutes. If you want to make cardio exercise worth your time and get some real benefit from your work, you need to put in some effort…push yourself, elevate the intensity, raise your heart rate, and above all AVOID the fat burning mode.
You can’t out train your diet – The bottom line to any womens fitness program is that the diet plays the biggest role in body shaping women. And for any significant changes to occur, calories need to be cut. Although most of the time I wish there was another way, the truth is that you have to makes changes in your nutrition habits and reduce your caloric intake. Maintaining your same habits in taking calories into your body and continually attempting to add more time to your workout to cause a caloric deficit may have some very short term benefits. But in the long run, your time, energy, or body will run out long before your goal is reached. Consider this; to work off the extra slice of cheese pizza you had at lunch, you’ll have to run on the treadmill for an extra ½ hour at a moderately hard pace. Now I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to have to spend any more time exercising than I have to. Keeping that in mind, I personally think twice about whether I really want or need that second slice.
Apply these keys in your women’s fitness program to start your body shaping women. Working with these concepts will have your body refined and redesigned in no time.

Fitness Boot Camps For Women – Fitness, Health and More!

Many women have not considered joining a fitness boot camp to improve their general health or to lose the extra flab. Few women have joined in the past only to understand the benefits of joining in a fitness camp. They are proven to lose weight faster and stay in shape better than their counterparts sweating it out in the gym. A camp instructor devises a plan for a regular and a consistent workout without being dependent on it unlike a regular gym. It pushes the lady into the habit of working out regularly and reduces the dependency on expensive machinery.

Many women have trouble losing weight in the traditional gym method either due to lack of commitment or motivation. A boot camp is a tested and proven way for a lady to lose weight and maintain the same for years to come. It is highly effective than the exercises done in a gym. It teaches how to workout completely in a short time like in less than an hour so it motivates the person to exercise regularly.

There are different camps for different levels of the participants. A boot camp classifies its participants based on their previous experience with exercise and puts them in one of the three categories – novice, intermediate and advanced. The difficulty of the fitness program increases with time so as to challenge and increase the capability of its participants.

Exercises taught in a boot camp are devised scientifically so they provide guaranteed results provided the camper practices the exercises on non-camp days. Joining a camp is the best and the fastest way to tone muscles and to lose the extra weight. A fitness camp runs on time-tested techniques of resistance and cardiovascular activities. It builds muscle by boosting the body’s metabolism and thus reduces fat and even prevents fat-buildup in the future years. As the participant gains interest and results, exercises get tougher to bring out the maximum talent in the person.

Women have the risk of getting a heart disease more than men do, so it is important for her to do certain exercises more than men do to prevent getting a heart-attack. A boot camp concentrates on cardio-vascular exercises so it is highly useful for a female. It gives enough exercises to boost the cardio-capacity and successfully prevents a heart-attack or a stroke. It is important to choose a program that specializes in cardio-vascular exercises.

Boot camps rarely use any kind of equipment or machinery. These programs effectively make use of body weight to reduce fat and tone muscles. Exercises which involve weight-training are scientifically proven to increase bone density in women. Women are at a higher risk of getting osteoporosis than men due to certain hormonal differences in their body. By training effectively a woman can strengthen her muscles and bones and stay out of the risk line.

Busy professional women in an office or a stay at home lady both find it hard to devote any time to them especially in the area of fitness. An average workout in the gym use up more time and does not provide results quickly. But in a boot camp, the lady is brought in to a habit of working out and she is taught how to do a complete body workout in less than 45 minutes in a day. This saves lots of time and it is also more efficient than the traditional exercise style taught in a gym. A fitness program designed specially for women is the best choice for a lady who wants to lose extra flab and get into shape.

Time For A Reality Belly Fat Check

Can Your Weight Be Affecting Your Sex Life?

Putting on some extra pounds is something that occurs to most married couples-and for a justifiable reason! You are more joyful, more agreeable and at a point in your life when you need to concentrate on different things than your physical appearance.

So you must ask yourself, can your weight put a damper on your sexual relationship?

I recently found an exceptional article in The Huffington Post entitled, “My Weight Ruined My Sex Life” by Kimanzi Constable in which he writes about the effects his weight gain (due to excessive junk food cravings along with a few other actors) wound up costing him sexual stimulation, pleasure, and his self-confidence, and eventually his marriage.

Uncontrolled weight gain is not only undesirable, it can have a strong influence on your self-consciousness.

It’s important, nevertheless, that you keep in mind that it’s not your weight nor how you look that determine who you are or your values – that is an ideal you must work on regardless of your weight or appearance.

On the off-chance that you can identify with this, or you’re wanting to have a more clear perception into the mindset of your “better half”, Kimanzi Constable’s “My Weight Ruined My Sex Life” will be a wonderful read for you.

In The Meantime…

Peel back the layers by taking a long and hard look at yourself… Do you like what you see? Are you in your best shape ever or are you just playin’ down the fact that you’ve put on a few extra pounds – let’s be real here… too many extra pounds, particularly around the belly area? You are the keeper of your destiny so what better time than now to start rethinking what it is that’s holding you back from achieving your goals in life.

Shaking off those extra pounds and trimming inches off your belly is certain to require an extraordinary deal of effort on your part. You can’t sit on the couch watching TV munching on junk food and dream of being able to run a marathon.

Get the tips you need to get your health, fitness, and energy levels back on track, you can make it happen a lot sooner than you may think possible.

Refuse to approach one more day battling with your weight, when you can shed those ghastly pounds and slash inches off your belly.

Don’t let procrastination be the pitfall of your endeavor to reclaim your health and waistline.

Avoid Eating Junk Food…

You know that there are no benefits to indulging in junk foods, they’re only bad for you… that’s why they’re referred to as “junk”.

So why not avoid junk food binge?

Although you do feel a quick rush of energy and craving satisfaction come from nibbling on sweets and chips, and drinking energy drinks, sodas, or coffee, they merely offer a short-lived stimulation boost of alertness and energy. You will find that as you consume these “junk foods” you will crave them more and more, which will only increase the frequency of your body crashing, and feeling restless and tired.

For a healthier lifestyle, both physical and mental, and longer lasting healthy energy, you should consider snacking on foods high in protein and fiber instead. Not to mention that avoiding these (and other) junk foods will help keep those excess pounds off — And get you back into those stashed away jeans!

Here’s another quick tip to help you answer the crucial question, “Do I Want To Improve My Relationship With Myself?”

Endeavor to Uncover the True Motivations Behind Your Thoughts and Actions

Are you accustomed to doing things because you “have to” or to going along with others to satisfy the masses, even to the detriment of being deceitful with yourself concerning what you believe you really need to do? If so, you may find it hard to separate from your own particular motives for acting and those that are essentially forced on you by others.

To recapture your ability to get authentic with yourself, pinpoint your actual plan for completing an action – say, joining a dance class or going to a company party. Is your driving force a direct view of what others anticipate you will have, or does your plan seem to be valid to whom you truly are?

It’s crucial that you make every attempt to ensure that you recognize the truthfulness behind your thoughts and behavior and move forward towards adjusting your actions in accordance with YOUR values and principles. This truthfulness is the only thing standing between you and your capacity to free yourself from the ties of duplicity encouraged by the need of satisfying others at the cost of sacrificing your own values and principles. It’s this weakness that prevents you from achieving your goals, be they financial, losing weight… or even finding the perfect partner.

Diet Soda and Aspartame: The Unhealthy Ugly Truth

Soda, diet soda, and other processed diet foods usually contain high fructose sugar or aspartame, artificial and synthetic additives, filled with GMOs that are poison to your body. No nutrients, vitamins, just unhealthy ingredients.

Many people believe that diet soda can help you lose weight but just the opposite is true. Diet soda or any processed diet foods that has aspartame and other toxic ingredients have proven to actually cause you to gain weight.

Need Some Proof:

Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) at San Antonio gathered 10 years of data on 474 participants form a larger group that was an ongoing study called the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging. These participants consumed 2 or more diet sodas a day and their waist sizes increased 6 times greater than those who did not drink diet soda.
According to a study from by researchers conducted in 2010 from the National Institute of diabetes and Digestive and Kidney diseases found that the body’s reaction to ingestion of artificial sweetener appears that it confusing the brain on how to process it, which also indicates that it is causing many other negative and unhealthy consequences in your body functions.
At the annual meeting of the american Diabetes Association (ADA) completely debunked the notion that drinking diet beverages is helpful to lost weight. According to their studies diet beverages with artificial sweeteners (aspartame) in causes an increase of 70% in waist size. They believe that using the term DIET is completely misleading. Further research showed that aspartame is actually responsible for raising blood sugar levels.
Studies have shown that soda contributes to many other health issues such as:

Osteoporosis
Diabetes
Heart Disease
Liver Disease
Cancer
Oral Health – can cause cavities
There are many reasons why not to drink diet soda or regular soda. So why not make today the day that you take the step to quit drinking soda completely and start living a healthy lifestyle

If you are trying to lose weight or just want to live a healthier lifestyle my suggestion would be to stop drinking soda, cut out processed foods, refined sugars, and simple carbohydrates.

Why not try eating real food that is organic or local harvest straight from Mother Nature. Clean organic whole foods can help reteach your body how to digest and use nutrients from healthy foods that God put on this earth for us to eat and stay healthy. We have to make a conscious decision on how we want to live and eat and those choices we make will dictate in so many ways how healthy our bodies are. Don’t you think it’s time to make some changes in your life and remember that your body is your temple!

Yoga, Nutrition, Organic Food, Health & Wellbeing Have All in Recent Years Become Very Much Stylish

As Gsy Life gave me the theme for this month; I am sat in Planet Organic on Tottenham Court Road, amidst a flurry of people rushing to bag their supplements, gluten free crisps & organic veg, it is rammed wall to wall with funky Yoga Mat’s or bulging gym bags slung over shoulders. Queues are bustling and tills are bulging and there is a real buzz in the air. People are not only embracing the new trend of wellbeing, they actually seem genuinely excited to be taking care of themselves.

And yes, I feel stylish just being here! I’ve got the ‘gear’ on and have just ordered my healthy and nutritious salad, whilst taking a lunch break from training at a well-known London Yoga Studio, and yes it feels good to sit back and watch all this unwind in front of my eyes. I have spent much of my yoga career in and out of various global studios in all corners of the world, and, ironically a leading yoga teacher based in L.A. recently expressed to me how much she loved that London ‘was finally catching on!’

We are slowly but surely turning our backs on consuming vast quantities of fast and processed food, packed to the rim with refined sugar and salt, and lets be honest much more synthetic rubbish.

I mean we have all been there – constantly checking our phones, ignoring the aches of our bodies and cry for rest, grabbing that quick snack or processed meal because quite frankly we just don’t have the ‘time’ to stop and prepare something healthy!

We have become a population of every time the phone beeps or we hear a new sound, the hormone cortisol level spikes, but the thing is this, our cortisol levels were originally created for us to be in a ‘flight or fight’ mode when we have a rather scary encounter with a bear in the forest whilst out hunting, not for reacting to every aspect of our modern day technology.

Our sleep quality has drastically declined, our levels or medication prescribed to combat stress and anxiety has ten folded, and quite simply we are losing touch with ourselves as human beings more and more.

Now, I am not the person to bang on about how we should be, in fact I have been guilty of all the above personally – and shock horror, sometimes still even do with a studied level of awareness. I know first hand how checking our e-mails first thing in the morning, just after opening our eyes has become something of the norm. I worked in finance for 14 years and ignored my lower back pain, my stress levels constantly overwhelming me, and at one point on a secondment in Asia; finding myself amongst the rest of my colleagues after a long day watching our three flashing screens, observing market fluctuations in an array of red and green, was quite simply to head to the local wine bar and remain there until we had fully blocked any signals from the mind or body to slow down.

So my point being is that whilst Yoga and Health and Wellbeing are certainly stylish, I hope that rather than become the next fad in the cycle of cool or the latest thing, that we practice becoming fully aware and continue to take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing.

When current trends are in fashion; we tend to go head first into changing everything all at once, and cursing ourselves for when we ‘slip up’, however wouldn’t it be wonderful if instead, we just allowed these positive changes in which ever form they come to manifest by simply caring for ourselves a little better, committing to recognising when we do need to slow down, and when we are feeling overwhelmed or simply exhausted, actually taking the time to stop if only for a moment, perhaps cooking a healthy meal, as apposed to clicking onto the escapism in the form of social media.

Personally, learning how to take better care of myself in a gradual and digestible manner allowed me the chance to reflect and become a lot more mindful, and with practice to just be a little bit kinder to myself, which sometimes also means enjoying cocktails with the girls and not feeling guilty for it, and most certainly eating that last bit of cake!

In yoga, we say our practice is life long, we practice to improve our quality of life, but not to be perfect. We practice for our bodies and our minds, not for our egos.

And I truly hope with all my heart people continue to educate themselves on the vast knowledge of nutrition & wellbeing, which right now is everywhere.

Target Healthy Food and Nutrition

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Why not come by my site which I hope you will find informative and useful. To target healthy food in the current world can be quite difficult, we have less time than ever before and we are always looking to cut corners and save some time for us. Unfortunately, cutting corners affects our health and nutrition. I hope the information inside this web site helps in your quest for a new healthier lifestyle and together we can change your life forever!

the ultimate guide to weight loss
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Health and nutrition go hand in hand and it is advisable to understand what is actually healthy. Just because a restaurant gives you “Healthy Choices” doesn’t mean they are healthy options, just healthier in comparison to the normal menu.
Planning and knowledge is the best way to determine how to target healthy food for a healthy lifestyle.

Most people who opt to diet, build muscle or just decide to get healthier fail before they start. Without careful planning and understanding, there is no right or wrong, good or bad, false hope and expectation. We all need a plan in life to succeed. Plan before action. Plan during action. Plan following action. All three are important.

How to target healthy food with planning.

Contrary to what you have been taught, it is not about taking chips off your menu or chocolate or pizza …… You can and should be able to eat what you want. Everything in moderation is the key. Just by understanding the benefits of a good health and nutrition program, you can protect yourself against diseases and feel great packed with lots of energy.

Foods are to be enjoyed and savoured. There are no “naughty foods” or “good foods”.

Planning meals is what determines whether the meal will be healthy or not

Forget the fad diets! Target healthy food to eat and be healthy!

IMPORTANT!!! For health and nutrition

One third of your diet should be packed with fruits and vegetables. Aim for five portions per day.

One third of your diet should be starchy foods such as breads, cereals, potatoes, pasta and rice. Aim for 2 to 3 portions per day.

The final third should be split into three parts. 2 to 3 serves of milk and dairy per day, 2 to 3 serves of meat or fish per day and very small amounts of foods containing fats and sugars.

As a very rough estimate, men should consume 11,500 kj per day and women 7,800 kj per day. Everybody is unique and all have different body shapes and varying degrees of activity so don’t take these figures as gospel. 140kj per 1kg weight is the average recommendation.

Also inside this site, we will learn and discover the basics of food groups and how they should be incorporated in your diet for a healthy balanced diet. We will analyse the benefits of nutrients and which foods they are in. What are the benefits of a healthy lifestyle? This health and nutrition guide will be regularly updated.

Obesity – We will investigate obesity in adults and children. What are the causes of obesity and how do we combat it.

BMI – Take a look at the body mass index calculator to find the recommended range for your body.

Tips for healthy eating – Simple straight forward to do list to help steer yourself to a healthy eating lifestyle.

Target weight loss – A good healthy eating program and exercise is the focus of losing weight. We will661434_woman analyse the benefits of “super foods” in our diet. Do fat loss diets work? If you want better weight control, more self esteem, to feel and look better, lots of energy and knowing that changes made today will have long term benefits to your health then this site is for you.

My top 3 fat loss programs

The effects of detox on the body – Do we need to detox our body? How to detox your body with a detox cleansing diet. Can you lose weight with detox? What are the benefits to detoxing? What about side effects? So many questions!!

The secrets to building lean muscle mass – Stop paying for supplements with promises to make you big and ripped. Don’t believe the hype in the magazines. They want you to buy their magazines and their supplements. Understand how they work and if they will work for you and how harmful are they to your body. If you don’t want to get sick, keep your testosterone production and prevent man boobs through excessive oestrogen levels then stop and educate yourself. How to build muscle mass steroid free. Which foods have anabolic effects are naturally occurring.

Basic cooking for beginners – We cover the basics of cooking including the effects heat has on food and the different ways of cooking. Do you want to learn to cook like a chef? This site is growing and will be updated regularly so keep checking!!

Fresh, quick and easy healthy recipes for the whole family – Have a dinner party and surprise your friends and cook various healthy food recipes from all around the world. I will keep the methods as simple as possible and easy to understand. Lots of Mouth Watering recipes will be added on a regular basis, including healthy recipes for kids. Keep a check!!

Food Nutrition for Weight Loss – Can You Really Lose Weight Entirely On Your Own?

Have you been fighting a losing battle against weight gain for quite some time now? Have you tried a variety of diets and exercise programs to no effect? In fact, it sometimes feels as though there is a conspiracy to keep you fat no matter what you eat or do. Sadly, there are lots of people who share your problem because it is really very difficult to lose weight without outside help. It is time that you approached the problem once more, but this time with professional help, especially from food nutrition experts.

The problem that most would be dieters face is that they have very little information about what they should do. Most people assume that they have to remove everything that is tasty from their diet and switch to eating insipid food. They also assume that they have to starve themselves in order to achieve weight loss.

While it is true that one has to reduce one’s daily calorie intake, it is absolutely wrong to think that one has to starve oneself. In fact, if your daily intake drops below 1200 calories or if you make a drastic drop overnight then you will definitely have to face severe health consequences. If you were to go to a food nutrition specialist, you will get the right information about what your diet ought to be.

A trained dietician will create a new diet for you around the foods that you like to eat. You will obviously have to make drastic changes in what you eat if your current diet is completely unhealthy. The dietician will advise you about the optimal size of each meal and what it should ideally comprise of. In addition, the dietician will also monitor your progress by means of a food diary that you will be required to keep. The best professionals in this field will also be able to help you understand the psychological reasons for your overeating and will help you get a solution to the problem.

You will feel very confident about your chances of losing weight if you have the support of a professional food nutrition consultant. Your positive attitude alone will help you overcome many of the hurdles that you might face when you start your weight loss efforts. You should also bring a friend or loved one on board so that you get extra support and encouragement. This will ensure that you do not give up halfway through.

Weight Loss – Simple Strategies To Prevent Relapsing

If you have committed to start eating healthier, there is no question there will be hard times along the way. Everyone deals with food cravings from time to time, not to mention hunger that can get the best of you. If you want to maintain your results though and go on to lead a healthy life, it is essential you are laser focused on your effort to continue.

Need a few strategies to help you on your way? Let us look at a few of the best techniques you can use to ensure you stay on your diet plan…

1. Join A Support Group. First, consider joining a support group. Many people think support groups are only for those who are wanting to lose weight, but the fact is they can be for those who are attempting to maintain weight loss as well.

These groups are great for giving others support when temptation strikes or when they are just struggling to stay focused. The more people you have in your court, the better.

2. Focus On New Goals. In some cases, it can be beneficial to focus on a new goal. One reason many people relapse is for so long; they have been focusing on one goal: to lose weight. Then they lose the weight, and now they no longer have direction.

So give yourself direction. Set a new goal to follow and you might find you are less tempted to give in to foods you should be avoiding.

3. Keep It Out Of Sight. As the saying goes: “out of sight, out of mind.” Do your best not to bring harmful foods into your home. If they are in the pantry, chances are high you will eat them eventually.

Keep only healthy foods around and make your home a “safe haven” where you do not have to worry about snacking on those sugary foods.

4. Avoid Getting Stuck In A Rut. Finally, avoid letting yourself get stuck in a rut; this happens far too often. You are always eating similar meals at the same time, day after day after day. Start mixing it up a bit. One of the best things about being in a period of weight maintenance is you can be a little more experimental with your food choices.

Being experimental with your food choices does not mean eating unhealthily – it says you should not be focused on eating the same foods. Variety is critical, for eating healthily and for good nutrition.

If you keep these tips in mind, you should find it become easier than ever to maintain your weight loss and prevent a relapse.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

Weight Loss Pills Explained

Within the pharmaceutical industry, obesity is now seen as the “trillion dollar disease”. That’s the estimated amount of profit a successful weight loss drug can expect to make. But are companies getting close to delivering a diet pill that really works – meaning, a pill that is both safe and effective at solving obesity? The answer, it seems, is No.

Pills To Reduce Obesity

It’s true that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a tiny number of weight loss pills like Xenical and Meridia for long term use in the treatment of obesity (BMI > 30). But evidence accumulated in clinical trials suggests that the effectiveness of these obesity drugs is less than impressive. Total annual weight reduction tends to be in the range 8-20 pounds. Furthermore, the highest weight loss tends to be achieved by patients who participate in supervised trials involving a combination of drug treatment, diet, exercise and counseling. Which makes it difficult to ascertain the precise effect of the medication itself. By comparison, less well supervised obesity drug trials tend to have a higher drop-out rate and reduced weight loss. And the longer the trial, the lower the compliance and the lower the weight loss. In short, while helpful to some patients, weight loss drugs are not yet the answer to obesity, especially when factors like cost are taken into account.

Should we be surprised? Not really. After all, even bariatric surgery is no guarantee of long term weight loss unless patients comply with the necessary post-operative dietary regimen. Indeed, some obesity experts claim that medical interventions like drugs and surgery are almost by definition doomed to failure, for the simple reason that they take control and responsibility away from patients. According to this view, it is only when patients accept full responsibility for their eating habits and lifestyle, that they have a real chance of achieving a normal weight in the long term.

Unfortunately, this view satisfies no one! It doesn’t satisfy the pharmaceutical companies, who need to make money. It doesn’t satisfy doctors, who need to give hope to their overweight patients, and it doesn’t satisfy consumers who want instant weight loss without having to change their eating habits. In short, there is an overwhelming demand for an obesity pill, but a viable product has yet to emerge.

Pills For Cosmetic Weight Loss

Demand for diet pills is not limited to those suffering from clinical obesity. Millions of consumers with less than 40 pounds to lose take non-prescription pills to burn off body fat or increase their rate of weight loss. According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan, almost 25 percent of girl students turn to anorectic diet pills when they’re trying to lose weight, including laxatives and diuretics.

These non-prescription pills are more difficult to evaluate, as they are not subject to the same high level of regulation as prescription-only drugs. Thus not all ingredients need to be tested, dosages and other labeling requirements are less stringent, and reporting of “adverse events” or health problems is not mandatory. Furthermore, few long term clinical trials are conducted on non-prescription pills, so hard evidence as to their safety and efficacy is scarce. Meantime, the huge profits to be made from these weight loss products means they can be supported by expensive advertising campaigns to increase consumer acceptance, making regulation and control even more of an uphill struggle. Indeed, the FDA has found it almost impossible to ban over-the-counter diet pills, even after reports of illness and injury.

Herbal Diet Pills For “Healthy Eating”

The past five years has seen a huge rise in sales of herbal diet pills, which are marketed as a form of “healthy eating”. These herbal supplements typically include a variable combination of vitamins and other active ingredients which supposedly offer a healthier type of weight loss. Such claims are not generally supported by clinical evidence, and some suppliers are under investigation by both the FDA and FTC. Nevertheless, rising demand for these herbal weight loss pills is yet another confirmation of our huge appetite for what is essentially a non-dietary approach to weight control.

How Do Weight Loss Pills Work?

In simple terms, weight loss pills are designed either to alter body chemistry in order to reduce appetite, or to interfere with digestion in order to reduce calorie absorption. Appetite suppressants include amphetamine-like stimulants such as ephedra, or pills to increase serotonin or norepinephrine levels in the brain. Pills that interfere with the digestive system include fat-blockers (lipase inhibitors) like Xenical and chitosan, carb-blockers, and very high fiber bulking agents such as glucomannan.

Are Weight Loss Pills Safe?

Obesity drugs are generally safe when used correctly and under medical supervision. The trouble starts when users do not follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Adverse health events for these pharmaceuticals include heart or blood pressure problems and strokes, as well a range of less serious complaints. The same applies to non-prescription diet pills, whose adverse health effects include high blood pressure, heart palpitations, irregular heartbeats, dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, insomnia, intestinal blockages, anxiety and depression. In extreme cases, both prescription-only and non-prescription pills can cause life-threatening conditions. Even so, safety remains a relative concept. Cigarettes, alcohol, cars and stress kill millions of people every year. By comparison with these things, diet pills cause far fewer “casualties”, and if you consult your doctor before taking them, you can reduce the health risk to a minimum.

The Real Problem With Weight Loss Pills

The biggest problem about relying on drugs and supplements to lose weight is not health, it’s reliability. In my 20-odd years of dealing with overweight individuals and their families, I have yet to hear of anyone who achieved and maintained any significant weight loss by using pills. But I have met a huge number of people whose weight and emotional state of mind had been significantly worsened through the use of pills. They were afraid of food, they had absolutely no confidence in their ability to make sensible food choices, and tended to rely on purging, laxatives and similar products to control their eating habits. One client – a former annual weight loss winner with one of the major dieting companies – had been fed deliberately with pills in order to achieve the weight reduction that the organization required. When she came to me for help, she had regained 70 pounds of her original weight loss. In short, relying on pills for weight control can mess up your body and your mind.

The Small Print Says It All

Advertisements and infomercials for diet pills are dominated by headlines like: “Effortless Weight Loss” or “Lose Weight While You Sleep!” and so on. But the small print often tells a different story – either that users should follow a calorie-controlled diet, or only eat at certain times of the day, or stop eating certain high-calorie foods, or some combination of all three. There may also be a reference to the need for exercise. In other words, if you want the truth about a weight loss pill, check the small print. Because, as all obesity experts and dietitians will tell you, no long term reduction in weight is possible without controlling energy intake and expenditure.

If You Must Take Pills

Whether you are a diet pill addict, or just an occasional user, here are two ways to make weight loss easier. Look for a healthy, gimmick-free diet, and follow it as carefully as you can. In the process, focus on healthy eating rather than calorie reduction. Aiming to eat healthily is much more positive than calorie control. Secondly, join an online dieting forum and get encouragement and advice from other people. Because all surveys show that losing weight is a lot easier when you have others to lean on. My own forum for instance includes a large number of former diet pill users who are now enjoying their food and losing significant amounts of weight in the process. Which proves that when it comes to weight control, people power is much more effective than popping pills.

Weight Loss Pills – Can They Help You Lose Weight?

When you are desperate to lose weight, diet pills are indeed a highly tempting proposition, more so if you have already tried and tested the conventional methods of losing weight without too much success. According to a recent report, Americans are spending more than $50 billion on weight loss products. This figure is expected to shoot up in the coming years. There is nothing surprising in that. For desperate weight watchers, the attraction of miracle weight loss pills with their astounding weight loss claims is too hard to pass up. But before you go out and empty your purse on the next batch of weight loss pills to hit the stores, make sure that the pills you have selected deliver what they promise and are safe for consumption.

Since I have been trying to lose weight through various weight loss measures, I can say with assurance that a large number of diet pills available in the open market are not only ineffective, but they may also put your health in jeopardy. Diet pills that promise a quick fix to your weight loss problems are often ineffective.

But that does not mean that weight loss pills are completely a sham. There are certain pills that can speed up the weight loss process. The trick is to identify weight loss pills that can actually help you lose weight.

In my observation, weight loss pills that help you lose weight are safe only if they are 100% natural. Use products that are made from plant extracts. Such products do not have any side effects. Even if they exhibit mild reactions like a rash or an itch, you can be sure that they will not produce any long-lasting side effects.

Always select a weight loss diet pill that has undergone some amount of testing. Products that have been approved by the FDA are generally considered safe. To be sure, visit the website of the concerned weight-loss pill and look for client testimonials. This is one surefire method of ensuring the effectiveness and the safety of certain weight loss pills.

Next, understand the action of the weight loss pill in your body. Do not fall for pills that promise to melt the fat off your body. Weight loss pills work in a variety of ways to help you lose weight, and none of them actually melt fat. Some weight loss pills suppress your appetite and thus help you stick your diet. Others promote metabolism and help you convert fat into energy. Fat binders are yet another classification of weight loss pills that slow down the absorption of fat into the body. Before you buy a certain pill, make sure that you know its intended effect on the body.

Weight loss pills are notorious for the amazing claim that they make. Ads claim that weight loss pills can make you sleek and slim without diet and exercise. Claims such as these are nothing but fiction. Weight loss pills can only accelerate the weight loss process; they cannot initiate it. To have the desired effect, you must combine the intake of your weight loss pills with proper diet control and effective exercise. Only such a three-pronged approach can help you fight fat.