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Prescription medications that are made up of several different ingredients usually contain very specific amounts of those ingredients. The dosages are also very specific. All of this is necessary to ensure the medication does what it is supposed to do and does not do things it is not supposed to do.
It should be the same with diet supplements but unfortunately that is not always the case. The higher-quality diet pills and supplements feature ingredients that have been added in exact amounts, and the dosage, often expressed in tables or capsules per day, are also exact. It is these higher-quality diet supplements that prove to be the most effective in curbing appetite and thereby causing weight loss.
Creating effective weight loss supplements isn’t done by magic. It’s an exact science, which is one reason it’s usually best to stick with well-known brands that have established a track record.
Since the leading manufacturers of weight loss supplements have usually put a great deal of effort into the product they deliver, making certain the right ingredients have been added in the right amounts, it would make sense to assume the higher-quality products should cost more. Ideally, that would be the case, but there are a number of products out there that will do little if anything to help you lose weight that are priced up to $100 or more for a one-month supply.
One way to ensure you are getting your money’s worth is to purchase only those products that feature a money-back guarantee. An even better way is to purchase only those products whose companies rely on third party testing. Third party testing is expensive, and the added expense is likely to be folded into the price of the product, but at least you will know you are more than likely to get a product that will actually do what it claims to do, and give you your money’s worth.
While not all diet supplements work exactly the same way, most of them follow a fairly simple pattern. Understanding just what happens when you are taking weight loss supplements can make the dieting process a bit easier, since you can almost visualize what is happening in your body that is causing the pounds to melt away.
The food you eat is converted into energy as the nutrients are absorbed from your digestive system into your blood stream. When you eat more than you need, some if it passes through your digestive tract, and is discarded as waste. Some however is not, and more nutrients and calories are absorbed in the form of glucose than your body actually needs.
Your body manufactures special enzymes that convert this excess unused energy into fat, in effect storing energy for a rainy day. As more unused energy is stored, your weight begins to increase. This is where weight loss pills come into play.
Weight loss pills do not burn fat. What they do is block the enzymes that are responsible for converting glucose into fat. A good weight loss product will do even more. It will increase the levels of serotonin in your body, which tends to place limits on your appetite while at the same time giving you increasing energy. This in turn increases your metabolism, which causes fat to burn away more quickly, with the net result being a loss in your weight. Weight loss supplements do not burn fat directly. They set the stage and put things into motion that allows your body to do it naturally.
When you go on a weight-reduction program your chance of success may be a little greater if you visualize what is going on inside your body. In doing so, you will be less likely to quit since you can almost “see” the fat being burned away.
Dropping your body weight is 100 times simpler if you are psychologically ready for it. This may sound primary; however, most dieters quit their weight loss plan not because they feel hungry or have difficulty with the menus, but because of psychological reasons. Either, they become bored or disappointed with their rate of weight loss or suffer a short-lived lapse and become overwhelmed by guilt or feel too “denied” to continue.
Then, in an attempt to describe their failure, many of them blame their diet plan, their domestic circumstance, or their genetic failure to drop weight. This process frequently repeats itself. As a result, some dieters can spend years unsuccessfully attempting to lose weight, without ever realizing the true reason for their problem. Here are three usual mental issues we experience when attempting to lower weight, in addition to some tips for ways to overcome them.
Not Knowing How Weight-loss Will Help you
Whether we wish to lose 20 or 220 pounds, we have to alter our eating routines and possibly several other things in our lifestyle. Making these changes could not be difficult on Day 1 or Week 1 of our weight-loss diet plan, since our initial enthusiasm typically gives us sufficient motivation. However, normally within 2-3 weeks, our “brand-new” eating pattern begins to interfere with our regular way of life and, unless we are ready for this, our desire to continue dieting will start to fade. Instead of seeing our diet plan as a key to a better weight and shape, we see it as an obstacle and a problem. It becomes something we are doing because we “need to” instead of since we “want to”. This is the first big psychological problem we experience when dieting.
To conquer this problem, we need to know precisely why we are trying to drop weight. We need a clear idea of how it will benefit us. Because only if we have a clear benefit to anticipate, will we be able to withstand the temptation to go back to our previous bad habits. General benefits from having a leaner, lighter shape aren’t effective enough. We require an egocentric, specific benefit, something we can envision and that commands our attention. Perhaps a beach holiday, or dream clothing to put on for a specific occasion, or a new shape to display at Thanksgiving. Whatever we select, it needs to make a noise inside our head! Bear in mind, the moment we begin to feel that we “need to” do something, it becomes a problem like paying taxes, or clearing out the basement and our inspiration flies out the window. In order to attain lasting weight loss, we need to “want it”.
Attempting To Be Perfect
Regrettably, lots of dieters insist on attempting to be perfect. As an outcome, when they do fall off the wagon (as they always do), they find it impossible to tolerate their “failure”, and become overwhelmed by guilt. So even though their lapse may have been relatively trivial (a weekend binge), they go to pieces. Because, as normal, it’s the guilt that does the genuine damage, not the bingeing.
The lesson is this. When dieting, do not waste time attempting to be perfect. It only causes increased guilt and failure. Instead, accept that you are going to make mistakes, and don’t let them distract you when they take place. See them as a learning experience. For example, if you drink too much alcohol when dining out, and massively overeat as a result, do not get up the next morning in a fit of depression. Rather, relish your experience and appreciate that you have made a crucial discovery: that too much alcohol makes weight-loss harder. By responding like this, you will prevent a sense of guilt and find it much easier to return to your diet.
Treating Your Diet As Race
Another typical issue concerns speed of weight reduction. Numerous dieters anticipate to lose weight extremely quickly, and are psychologically not prepared when their body refuses to act in this fashion. If a week passes without any weight decrease, they become dispirited and start to lose interest. Regrettably, like it or not, the human body is developed for survival not “look”. For that reason, it has no interest in shedding body fat, which it sees as a vital source of energy throughout times of starvation. As a result, the optimum amount of fat we can lose in a week is about 3 pounds, while someone who is less than 30 pounds overweight could lose about 1 pound. Anything extra is most likely to be a mix of water and muscle weight.
To conquer your impatience and preserve stable weight loss, stop thinking about your diet plan as a race. Instead, see it as a trip. This reduces stress and anxiety and provides you more “breathing space” to settle into your new eating habits.
So when you start your next diet journey, just bear in mind: there’s no rush. Set yourself a reasonable weight reduction objective and let Nature take its course.