Weight Progression

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.

Grtape-403595_640anted, 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 personallpeople-1316412_640y 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

direction-1013995_640Some 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.


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I've just started getting serious about health and fitness around 2014. Since then I've learned the insider info on how to optimize athletic performance and healthy living through both nutrition and proper training. The most important thing I've discovered however, is the connection between the mindset of those that excel in athletics, and those that succeed in their life pursuits. I've spent the last couple years observing and drawing these connections and similarities, finally created a platform to share with you all what I've found, and how to apply them in your own life to get similar results.

11 thoughts on “Losing Weight Fast- A Different Perspective

  1. Hey man, I’ve been training and working out for a few years now but only till the last month I have started seeing unbelievable results. It all happened when I bought my first program that I researched very thoroughly before I actually made the purchase. I agree with you that there is a lot of scams just looking to get peoples money, so they have to be careful with what they buy. Good Luck!

    1. Jose,

      There’s really nothing like seeing results from your hard work! The same frustration from not producing results turn into delight and excitement when you do see fruitage from the work you put in.


  2. Hello Wing,

    Thank you for another great content!

    Can I also excellerate fat loss eating some kind of berries, like goji berries, I heard they have much health benefits and aging benefits, or could you write an article about the goji berries?

    Would like your help on this question.

    Joury K

    1. Hi Joury,

      Thank you for reading.

      Fat loss is really a combination of different areas. I don’t want to give you the impression that by adding one specific type of food will accelerate fat loss. I like to reiterate from the article the importance of being well-rounded. With that being said, goji berries (aka wolfberries) have a lot of benefits. In addition to being an antioxidant and anti-infammatory, it helps the cells in your body to communicate better. It’s also nutrient dense so it’s good to have in your diet. But the berries themselves don’t attribute to fat loss per se. The results you see from these berries is from your body functioning better overall, which allows the fat loss process to proceed more efficiently.

      I may do an article in the future about berries in this category (goji, acai, etc.) To get you started, if you plan to purchase these berries, try to see if you can get wild ones instead of domesticated. Dr. Todd Schlapfer proposed that wild berries, or plants in general, has a much stronger defense system than domesticated because they have to fight off insects, competing plants, and the wild habitat in general. So they provide much more nutrients, antioxidants, and other benefits than your farmed products.

      Feel free to msg or email me with any other questions!


  3. Hi Wing,
    I think you make a great point about the importance of not jumping on one particular bandwagon and doing your research. Exercise and nutrition contribute to weight loss and there isn’t one magic pill. Have you had experience with any particular product that you would recommend?
    Thanks for the info!

    1. Cath,

      I personally think that with the right exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle, weight loss should really be effortless. Any products I have in mind would really only to promote those 3 aspects. I have some product reviews coming up very soon that I think you’ll be interested in so stick around for that!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  4. We see the ads. Do this and late 5 pounds in one week. Eat whatever you like and still lose weight. Doing this only two minutes a day will trim away the fat. The promises sound so good. And the truth is we want to believe. We want it to be that easy. It’s as simple as. Taking a pill, eating a certain way, or exerting a certain way. And it’s all said and good until we actually try it, and find its much harder than advertised. There are possibilities of losing weight quickly but it’s usually just water weight lost, not actual fat. Weight loss isn’t dependent on just one thing, it’s doing multiple things and having them work together, that gets the job done. There are programs out there with dangerous advice on how to lose weight, so you need to do you due diligence and research them before buying.

  5. Great info about weight loss. From my experience all those products that sound like too good to be true, are really not good and they don’t work. One of the most important things that causes obesity is stress and suppressed emotions, so if we can become free from stress and emotionally balanced and happy, then usually it is easy to lose weight with any diet and workout.

    1. Sandy,

      Yes, stress and emotions definitely has a role in weight loss, which is contributed to our lifestyle choices.


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