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Exercise and Nutrition Plan

Researchers at the the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center released a study about obesity and weight loss.

Analyzing more than 4,000 obese individuals with a body mass index of 30 or more, researchers found that 63% were trying to lose weight. Forty percent of these individuals reported weight loss of 5% or more – and another twenty percent experienced weight loss of 10% or more. According to researchers, “This is great news because studies have shown that even a five percent reduction in weight can lead to improved health.”

Individuals are losing weight – but how?

The researchers found no association between use of fad diets, liquid diets, nonprescription weight loss pills, diet foods, etc. and actual weight loss. In contrast, people that exercised more and ate less fat were significantly more likely to lose weight. Moreover, researchers found an even stronger correlation between weight loss programs and actual weight loss – which may speak to the importance of structure in a weight loss regimen.

The study, which will appear in the April 10 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is good news. Not only does it reinforce what we already know (namely, that fad diets and diets pills don’t work and that proper nutrition and exercise do work), but it also means that weight loss is accessible and affordable. Fad diets and diet pills can be expensive – but anyone can take a walk, be more active and modify their diet and portions.

The bottom line: When it comes to losing weight, nothing beats a healthy diet, exercise and the right mindset to support it. It’s that simple.

P.S. If you’d like more structure in your weight loss regimen, I recommend downloading your own copy of The Davey Wavey Weight Loss Program. Combining nutrition, exercise and a foundation of self-love, I have no doubt that this program will transform your life.

Do Diet Pills Work?

Diet pills are a $13 billion industry – but do they work?

Let’s face it: We’re a society that looks for quick fixes. And so the idea of losing weight by taking pills certainly has its appeal. And each year, dieters spend more than $13 billion on weight loss supplements.

It begs the question: Do over-the-counter diet pills work?

Not to long ago, a German study was released that examined the effectiveness of popular weight-loss supplements. In the study, 189 obese patients were given either one of nine popular diet pills or a placebo. At the end of two months, there was no difference in weight loss between the supplements and the placebo. Thomas Ellrott, M.D., who authored the research, pointed out the problem:

We have so-called fat magnets, mobilizers and dissolvers, as well as appetite tamers, metabolism boosters, carb blockers and so on. The market for these is huge, but unlike for regulated drugs, effectiveness does not have to be proven for these to be sold.

Once a product is on the market, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can – and sometimes does – investigate for possible safety concerns or recalls. Courtesy of the FDA, below is a list of some weight-loss supplements and the FDA’s findings.

Product Claim Effectiveness Safety
Alli — OTC version of prescription drug orlistat (Xenical) Decreases absorption of dietary fat Effective; weight-loss amounts typically less for OTC versus prescription FDA investigating reports of liver injury
Bitter orange Increases calories burned Insufficient reliable evidence to rate Possibly unsafe
Chitosan Blocks absorption of dietary fat Insufficient reliable evidence to rate Possibly safe
Chromium Increases calories burned, decreases appetite and builds muscle Insufficient reliable evidence to rate Likely safe
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) Reduces body fat and builds muscle Possibly effective Possibly safe
Country mallow (heartleaf) Decreases appetite and increases calories burned Insufficient reliable evidence to rate Likely unsafe and banned by FDA
Ephedra Decreases appetite Possibly effective Likely unsafe and banned by FDA
Green tea extract Increases calorie and fat metabolism and decreases appetite Insufficient reliable evidence to rate Possibly safe
Guar gum Blocks absorption of dietary fat and increases feeling of fullness Possibly ineffective Likely safe
Hoodia Decreases appetite Insufficient reliable evidence to rate Insufficient information

Despite all the above, if you are hell-bent on taking a weight loss supplement, it’s important to involve your doctor in the decision. Some supplements may interact with other medications or impact an existing medical condition. Talk to your doctor first. And always keep in mind, weight loss supplements should be used as directed and never abused – as they can lead to addiction. If you or a loved one need help with any kind of addiction, programs such as Narconon Rehab are available.

At the end of the day, there really is no quick fix when it comes to weight loss. If there was, there would be a lot more skinny people walking around. And while weight loss might not be found in the form of an over-the-counter pill, it can be achieved through a combination of internal work (i.e., building a better relationship with your body), nutrition and exercise.