I hate to break it to you all but there are no magic weight loss pills, or miracle cures that can make you lose weight without actually doing any work. Some of these “quick fixes” may work to start with, but we should all know the problems with this approach by now. (If not, read my post Calories In vs Calories Out)
There are fat loss supplements being marketed and sold to people promising extremely unrealistic results. Before and after pictures are being fraudulently used to promote these products as well, appealing to the majority of the population who are, lets face it, lazy. They would love a quick fix to actually work. If you can get great results without having to do anything except drink skinny me tea, or take African mango diet pills, of course people are going to try it. It’s only natural to want to get results without having to do any work.
The trouble is, none of these will actually work. Magical muscle building supplements, weight loss pills and teas, the latest exercise machines that promise rock hard abs in 3 mins a day – newsflash: THEY ARE A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!!
You cannot lose weight and get "toned" simply by taping an electric muscle stimulating machine to your stomach. And any sane person should fail to see how fat cavitation machines can actually physically work in any way, shape or form. Wrapping yourself in a weight loss sauna wrap or squeem to “lose inches off your waist” is absolutely absurd! Anything that guarantees results by doing little to no work in just 2-3 minutes a day is a lie.
The ab circle pro company was ordered to pay back millions of dollars (up to a total of US$25m) in refunds after losing a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit. Their marketing team falsely promised a firm, flat stomach in just weeks not months by using their product for only a few minutes a day, amongst other deceptive claims.
Skinny Me Tea – a weight loss “supplement” (laxative tea) has several fake before and after pictures on their website and Instagram account. There have been numerous health issues caused by this product with one girl even becoming hospitalised after using the tea. Yet they still have several Instgram accounts after having their first one closed down, and are STILL promoting this product. And there are thousands of people still believing their ridiculous claims, following them online and buying it in the hopes that it will make them lose weight.
Of course you will lose weight by taking blatant laxatives but this will only be very temporary. Once you stop taking them the weight will go back on. Plus it would mostly be water weight anyway.
The Lemon Detox Diet is another one that people are still falling for. I have actually done this myself many, many years ago, and wow what a joke! (I bought in to the whole cleansing thing which was in hindsight very stupid!) It is simply starving yourself for your choice of 7 or 9 days. Well, not entirely starving yourself, you get all of the nutrients you need from a concoction of maple syrup, lemon juice, water and cayenne pepper. Between that, and drinking salt water every morning (yes, DRINKING salt water) it is guaranteed to make you lose weight. Its also guaranteed to make you tired, hungry and miserable especially for the first few days. Your taste buds get destroyed by the salt water breakfasts and then any weight that was lost goes straight back on once you're done. And more. And you've completely wasted at least one week of your life.
Fat burners. Some fat burners don’t necessarily get rid of fat. However, HIIT cardio will, and so will eating in a calorie deficit. Combining a fat burner with proper diet and training couldn’t hurt, but you will get pretty good results just by eating right and training anyway. Some fat burners are useful in the final stages of comp prep, although sometimes you end up using a whole lot of supplements at once and cant tell what is working and what isn’t. Remember that you can do a lot just with proper diet and training.
Using a preworkout supplement that is also a fat burner can work well as the extra ingredients can give you more of a kick, and its not being taken just to “burn fat” You need to combine training with nutrition to get results, there are no two ways about it.
The quicker you lose weight, the quicker you put it back on when you come off the supplement and go back to what you were doing before. Many people will gain even more weight. These supplements have many side affects and wreak havoc on your metabolism, immune system and hormones to name a few. This can make it harder to lose weight again, and the cycle continues. The sooner people accept that there is no “easy way” the sooner they can start to make lifestyle changes that they can sustain. And this is what gets results. Consistency.
Small changes are enough to start with and instead of focusing on how far you have to go, breaking it down to what you need to do each day and week makes it easier to manage. Instead of trying to lose 10kg for example, a better way to approach it could be to make sure you go to the gym 3 times a week. Or if you are completely new to exercise, walking for 20-30 mins a day is a great place to start. Walking during your lunch break or getting up half an hour earlier in the mornings to walk are easy ways to fit this in with your lifestyle. Once it is part of your normal routine then make another small change, maybe more of a focus on diet and nutrition. The next change could be to add some resistance training two or three times a week, and so on.
Trying to do too much all at once gets overwhelming. People focus on the end result and this is why quick fixes, fat burners and weight loss teas are very tempting. But overall they just cause more set backs. By focusing more on the journey, consistently doing what you need to, and taking things one day at a time then the rest just takes care of itself. All of a sudden you see how far you have come, and this is much more important than focusing on how far you still think you have to go.
Nothing will get you better results than time, consistency, determination and hard work. Learn to enjoy the journey. Trust the process and the results will come. Don’t bother wasting valuable time or money on quick fixes – if something sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is!