Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Quick Fix Society

It seems like we are always looking for that quick fix, that one magic pill that will help us obtain the body we always wanted.  We live in a fast paced society that wants solutions yesterday, however when it comes to the game of fat loss and getting healthier, its a slow and steady race.  No one wants to hear that because its not what you want to hear.  You want to hear "oh you can drop 10 lbs in 5 days" which isn't realistic and I always hear comparisons to The Biggest Loser, where they drop like 10-15 lbs a week.  Again unrealistic.  First off, that's their full time job, 7 hrs of working out, second, they have people cooking for them, third, their weight loss can be attributed to fat loss, muscle loss, and water weight, so the show isn't great to compare yourself to. 

Anyway I'm stopping myself before I go on a complete BL rant.  My main focus is the fact that we are now bombarded with ads for medication that will help with weight loss. 

Ever hear of Alli, Sensa, or Lipozene?  I see commercials for these 3 all the time. 
Alli is a lipase inhibitor, meaning it blocks your body from absorbing fat that you eat.  Only problem there is that eating fat isn't the main reason you're overweight or obese.  Yea it could be partially to blame, but my guess is its the overeating that's doing it.  Second problem is that your body needs to absorb fat because contrary to popular belief your body needs fat to function.  Specifically neurological function.  Blocking fat absorption also affects the absorption of several key vitamins, like A, D, E, and K, all fat soluble vitamins.  Not to mention all the possible side effects that come with taking this medication.  Which leaves me asking, "is it really worth it?'  Or could you just clean up your diet and get a little more active. 

Sensa is an appetite suppressant designed to trick your body into thinking its had enough to eat.  Basically since you cant control yourself around food, sprinkle this on top of it and poof, you wont eat as much.  You still could eat garbage, but at least it wont be as much. 

Just one last example, Lipozene.  I'm sure you've seen the commercials.  What it really is is glucomannan and what it does is form a thick, viscous paste in your digestive system which could give you the feeling of being full.  Sounds pretty safe right? 

So pills aren't the quick fix.  No duh!!!

Lets take a look at 2 other "surgical" solutions that provide a quick fix.

Bypass surgery and now news of this food pump. 
Bypass surgery usually works, but if there is no change in dietary habits, the weight can come back, and in most cases it does.  The body is quite resilient and can adapt to any situation.  If you continually over eat or eat crappy foods, your weight loss will still hit a snag, or even worse, go in reverse. 
This food pump is just insane.  It pretty much allows you to continue your bad dietary habits, but guess what, you can hook up a bag and drain about 1/3 of the food you just ate.  So binge and then drain before you absorb all the fat.  Why not just throw up?  Seems about the same to me.  Is this the new kind of bulimia? 

What happened to actually putting in the effort to train hard, eat right, and get results?  Leave out the quick fixes that usually don't end up working in the end, and do what you know is right.  Everyone knows what they SHOULD do, but never get around to actually doing it. 

Stay Active! Get Moving! Perform your best!

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