Weight loss supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry, but there is little scientific evidence to support their long term effectiveness. In fact, some weight loss supplements can even be harmful. The vast majority of weight loss supplements contain ingredients that have not been clinically proven to help people lose weight. Ingredients, such as caffeine and green tea extract, may have some mild effects on weight loss, but these effects are not significant nor are they sustainable. Most of all, many weight loss supplements contain ingredients that have been shown to be harmful. For example, weight loss supplements containing ephedra were banned by the FDA due to its serious side effects.
What is your ultimate reason for taking weight loss supplements? Lose weight and keep it off!
If you are thinking about starting a weight loss journey that includes taking a weight loss supplement, it is important to consider what happens when you are done. What happens when you finish paying for and taking the weight loss supplements? How do you keep and sustain your weight? Do you know how to eat out or cook a meal at home that is delicious and healthy?
The truth is, that after you stop the expensive weight loss supplements which are typically accompanied by a strict diet, you are not sure how to eat for the body size you want. With years of ingrained habitual behaviors you notice that old habits slowly sneak into your daily routine. This contributes to weight slowly creeping up and before you realize, your old undesirable weight is back, plus a few extra pounds. Sounds familiar? Probably, because we all have been there and experienced the yo-yo diet effect of losing, gaining, losing, gaining… until we are mentally exhausted, depressed and have lower self-esteem.
Here are some tips for losing weight safely and effectively:
- Eat a consistent healthy diet. A healthy diet is the foundation of weight loss. Make sure to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and drink plenty of water.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise helps you burn calories and build muscle. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep is important for overall health and well-being, and it can also help you lose weight. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
- Be patient. Losing weight takes time and effort. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results overnight. Just keep at it, and eventually you’ll reach your goals.
If you still find yourself struggling, speak with your doctor. Most medical professionals recommend the tips listed above and/or working one-on-one with a weight loss professional, such as a lifestyle or health coach. When working with a heath coach you will learn how to:
– Live a sustainable, healthy lifestyle without any extreme measures or limitations.
– Stay accountable to yourself which is a key pillar to your progress.
– Receive nutritional and physical advice that is appropriate and evidence based.
– Learn how to adopt healthy habits that will improve your overall health.
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