“Lose 5 pounds in one week!”, “Eat whatever you want and still slim down!”, “2 minutes of this exercise per day is all you need to trim bodyfat!” These promises sound so good and promising do they not? So good in fact, that a lot of us are willing to hand over whatever price is being asked in exchange for those diet pills, workouts, and eating plans.
The actual claims and the results of these products have long been debated upon. It’s obvious that those products will not work unless we actually put them to use (well, that goes for everything really).
So how much of our progress is based on those actual products? Are there anything else in play that affects my progress? If so, what are they and are they within our control? Are those products really worth our money? Continuing reading to find out the answers and more.
What Does Using The Product Involve?
Let’s take a moment and dive into what it means to really use a specific weight-loss product, whether it’s a diet pill, meal plan, workout plan, etc. You have the product itself and the instructions on how to use it properly. If it’s a product that you physically take like a diet supplement, then using it is pretty cut and dry. Simply take the product as instructed. But if the product is a workout plan or a meal plan, it may be a little trickier.
Other Factors To Consider
Depending on the product, it may come with very detailed instructions on different aspects of what you’d need to do to make the most of the product. Those are easily distinguished from cookie cutter programs because they account for other things that contribute to your weight loss besides just the workout, meal, etc. But if the product is solely focused on training in the gym, or eating certain foods, and nothing else at all, then you may want to reconsider before purchasing such a program.
Granted, if all you’re looking for is program that only gives you the specified workout or meal plan or dieting tricks, then it may be exactly what you’re looking for. But we’re talking about weight-loss, probably the number one hot topic in the fitness industry. Sub-topics such as body fat percentage vs weight, glycogen storage (water weight), muscle mass, and others play a huge role in our weight-loss.
The Most Important Factor That’s Easily Forgotten
Considering all those factors, it is easy to see that weight-loss is not solely dependent on any single aspect of your life. Sometimes when we’re looking for something to help us along our journey of losing those extra pounds, we can easily get distracted with all the promotions and promises of the offer, but forget this most important factor.
Well-roundedness. This means that whatever it is you’re buying or trying should at the very least touch on those points I mentioned in the previous section. It doesn’t mean they have to go into details of that specific subject but it should get across to you that in order to effectively lose weight, there may be more involved than just what’s included in that program.
Staying With What’s In Your Control
First off, we should consult our doctor if we plan to start any type of weight-loss plan. It would be a good idea to do our research as well as far as the product itself, but more importantly, if we need the weight-loss or not. I have personally seen weight-loss programs that requires expensive gear, crazy amount of supplements, or even dangerous advice for eating and exercising. It would be a complete waste of your time and money, and you’d be risking hurting yourself for nothing if you do not need the weight loss in the first place.
So what about all those requirements for the program that you may not have the cash or time for? Well, if after doing your due diligence and you still find the program to be a good fit, then simply follow the program to the best of your ability. If you’re required to purchase something out of your budget to continue, then consider if the purpose of that specific purchase is worth it. If so, see if you can find a DIY guide on how to make a cheaper version.
Supplements does not have to brand name. Look into if substitutions are appropriate. If a program relies so heavily on supplements that substitutions are not allowed, then it may not be all that trustworthy. I cannot speak for any program that fits into that category but supplements are meant to do exactly what the name implies, to supplement the main work that you’re doing. It
should is not the make-or-break aspect of your weight-loss.
Worth Our Time and Money?
So with this perspective on weight-loss, many of us may now be turned off from buying most of weight-loss products we come across. But that’s the approach that I’m promoting here. What we all should consider when making a decision whether to go with certain weight-loss products are not include the following:
- The promises made by the product
- The content of the product
- Well-roundedness of the product relative to its promises
- Reviews of the product
- Fulfills your specific need
Some of us may be completely new to losing weight and any program in the market may seem like a good match. If this applies to you, it’d be better to research for free information on your specific need first. There are more than enough free information on the internet now even for the most experience to learn something new to further their progress.
In my personal opinion, these programs are good for beginners who have a very basic understanding of weight-loss. Following a specific program may give those of us confidence and also experience the initial stages of weight-loss. Once experience is gained through more research, weight-loss programs are not necessary to continue progression. In a future post, we will discuss the most important factor in continuing progression.