What’s in them?
The primary ingredient in most diet pills is caffeine (or some form of stimulant). Forget about all the “proprietary blends” on the ingredient label, one way or another, caffeine is the primary ingredient. Caffeine is a stimulant, stimulants accelerate the body’s metabolic processes. By speeding up the metabolic process, the body needs to consume more energy. Yes, fat happens to be a form of energy. So this is good right? Wrong! Your body is an amazing machine; it is constantly remaining in a state of balance, called homeostasis. What happens when your body becomes over stimulated from diet pills is it has to counter act by slowing down, and this is the “crash” you may experience. This crash is part of the reason why diet pills don’t work. Your body’s metabolism speeds up and then it slows way down to recover, and then a few hours later, you take more to speed it up again. It’s like taking two steps forward and three steps back!
They cost what?Some of these pills can cost upwards to $40 – 50 (or more) a bottle and most bottles only contain around a three to four week supply. That’s about the same cost as a gym membership! Save your cash and spend it on something healthy, like fruit and vegetables or even hire professional help.
Low, Low Quality
The dirty little secret about diet pills is that they are created with the idea of making lots and lots of moolah. The cost to make just one bottle of these little suckers is well below $1. The profit margin on diet pills (other supplements as well) is extremely high. To increase the profit margin even more, supplement companies contract manufacturers in third world countries to assemble the pills at bottom dollar.
Since the supplement industry is so flipping huge, the FDA (Food & Drug Association) cannot not possibly regulate any or all of the supplements sold in the United States. Because of this, supplement industries are less worried about quality of their product. Random sampling of diets by independent companies have showed trace amounts of arsenic, feces, and even small amounts of cyanide.
“How to get lean, sexy abs”
Fat loss is a systematic response to the body’s need for energy. The more energy your body requires, the more fat your body will burn. How do you get your body to burn more energy? Sorry to state the obvious, but you need to exercise! By slightly increasing your muscle mass, you can increase the amount of energy your body requires, thus you burn more fat. Ladies, I’m not telling you need to look like a bodybuilder. Slightly increasing your muscle mass will keep you looking lean and sexy.Save your money, save your time, diet pills are not worth it. Continue working out and focus on making progress week by week, and you will have the body you desire!
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Most cell phones now have some sort of camera on them. This camera can be used as the ultimate diet tool. Before we talk about how, let us back up and explain why it will work.
Keep a food log if you want to lose weight
If there is one thing that I would have everyone do to lose weight, it would be to keep track of what they are eating. Now I’m not talking about tracking every single calorie that goes into your body, just simply documenting what you eat can make the biggest difference in ones diet.
I find a lot of my new clients that have struggled with losing weight simply don’t know how much food they are eating. Many of them have even told me that they have tried “dieting” but it had failed to produce results. When I ask if they could write down everything they ate in the last 48 hours, many of them scratch their head and are unable to do it. Then I ask:
How can you be on a diet if you don’t know what you are eating?
Problems with keeping a food log
Many of my clients have complained that keeping a food log is difficult habit to get into. I suspect this is mostly because their meals are squeezed into their busy schedules and they are having hard time writing down their food. The other issue they run into is that they do not like carrying a food log notebook around with them everywhere.
Enter the camera phone
Your camera phone can help solve these problems by acting as your food log. Before you eat your meal just snap a picture of it. At the end of the day or when you have time to get your food log caught up, go through and review all your pictures. I do not suggest going more then one day without reviewing all your meals. If you start going several days without updating your log you may start to miss details about certain meals. Also, part of keeping a food log is the awareness you create of the amount of food that you are consuming, simply taking a picture and forgetting doesn’t help this.
How to make dieting with a camera phone easier
One thing I find that makes food logging easier with camera phones is setting up your phone to email the picture to yourself. By emailing the pictures to yourself makes it easier to review all your meals at the end of the day. Another tip is to add notes to the image such as how much food you ate, where you ate the food, the mood you were in when you ate the meal, and any condiments you might have added.
Keeping a food log can be difficult, however by simply using a camera phone, you can make it a lot easier!