Saturday, 20 April 2013

Weight Loss

Various changes in technology, society, and even the economy have largely affected the lifestyle of a lot of people. Everything seems to move in a hurry, nowadays, and breaks from work seem to last only for not more than 5 minutes each. Gone are the days when quality time was still spent to cook healthy food. Now, even eating is taken for granted and a lot of people rely on fast food as their daily source of nutrition. However, the beneficial contents in fast food is largely outweighed by the harmful ones which eventually leads to continuous weight gain and unmanageable excess fat. 
Because of the same heavy workload and hectic schedule, people are also deprived of the time they need to exercise or work out. A lot of individuals are then left with no other choice but to make use of medications just to shed their unwanted pounds. In response to this growing demand from consumers, companies and even some individuals suddenly came up with several weight loss pills that are now displayed in various drugstores and shops. Appetite suppressants, enzyme blockers, increased metabolic rates, lipase inhibitors, and fatty acid binders are just some of the most common terms associated with weight loss pills or medications. Aside from weight loss pills, other people avail of weight loss programs that focus on decreasing carbohydrate in-take in exchange of replacing it with other substances such as protein or fats. This means that each medication and program claim that they are the most effective in their field, a very common strategy used in advertising. However, according to a recent study done by The Weight Loss Institute, only a few and selected medications and programs are really telling the truth. Though some also have a high level of effectiveness, they also pose a big threat when it comes to their side effects. The main message here, therefore, is caution.
Societal pressure and stigma make some people decide impulsively in choosing weight loss pills that they will take. Some, by word of mouth, learn about the effectiveness and benefits of certain weight loss medications and easily settle for that opinion as assurance. However, a person should also remember that when it comes to medications, the “deciding” part is not the only thing that matters. In fact, the getting-to-know-the-product part is considered more important and beneficial. Medications are known to cause fatal reactions and result to adverse side effects depending on the substances they contain and the general health condition of a person. Problems may arise either from the substances contained in the medications or, possibly, an inherent condition of a person such as allergic reactions to medications. Few are aware that the use of weight loss pills, though often viewed lightly because of the less serious health condition it is intended for, has still been reported to be associated with incidences that required emergency medical help and situations that are almost fatal due to side effects. The most common health problems reported to result from weight loss pills include diarrhea, vomiting, rash, and heart disease.
Despite the many promises of weight loss pills for an easier way to lose excess weight, some even going to the extent of claiming that “eating more is the way to lose more weight”, the natural way of losing weight which involves decrease in food intake and exercise or workout is still the much better option. This method requires no further tests to check for possible harm from side effects. It is also proven through time by numerous individuals who have also gone through it to be highly effective and completely healthy. This, however, requires more effort and discipline. Weight loss is not just a mere act of swallowing a pill but rather a really hard-earned goal. When a person finally achieves his or her desired weight, the satisfaction is greater and success is much sweeter. Losing weight naturally is not just shedding off extra pounds but gaining more good personal values.