With the modern sedentary lifestyle, it is very easy to put on excess weight. Because of this, a large proportion of us have tried weight loss programs, and know how difficult achieving this goal can be. Motivation is a key factor in sticking to a weight loss program, and in this quick fix society of ours it is easy to lose that motivation when we can't see an immediate change in our appearance shortly after beginning our program.
The very nature of a successful weight loss/exercise program is such that we shouldn't try to lose too much weight too soon - it is thought that two pounds per week is the ideal amount to lose. However, this means that results will not be obvious in the short term, and it is often at the point of dipping motivation that people look towards the fad diets and weight loss supplements for a quick fix.
Diet supplements come in a variety of forms - pills, powders, and potions. Some of these are more effective than others, but a lot of the time these supplements are nothing more than fools gold. There will always be a supply of such products, as people trying to lose weight are a group of consumers who are desperate to meet their goals. If you are thinking of trying weight loss supplements then there are a few things you should be aware of.
If there was a magic pill available which helped us lose weight, there wouldn't be many fat people in the world. The only way to lose weight is by combining exercise with a high protein/low fat diet. This may take some time for you to experience the results you are looking for, but it is the only way to safely lose a significant amount of weight. This fact is backed up by the labels on every weight loss pill packet which mentions that the supplement will only work if taken in conjunction with exercise and a reduced calorie diet. That's like a 'Get Any Girl You Want' pill which states on the label that it will work best if taken by someone with a gym body and a Wall Street salary...
If you are at the stage where you have shifted a lot of weight and additional weight loss is becoming more difficult, you might want to look at your exercise program before trying weight loss supplements. The acclaimed book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is an excellent piece of research into how a weights program can actually help us lose fat. Basically the theory is that as you put on a bit of muscle, your metabolism increases, which in turn burns off excess fat.
Fad diets and supplements offer a quick fix, but you will rarely hear any health professional advocate their use. There must be a reason for this, don't you think? Losing weight is a difficult task, requiring at least as much mental stamina as physical stamina. This is not an easy goal to achieve, but if you stick to an exercise program and eat a sensible diet, you will achieve this goal. For motivation, imagine the various stages in your weight loss as individual goals, dropping one size in clothes, for example, rather than losing 6 stone. A series of smaller goals is easier and quicker to achieve than one big goal. You will also be less inclined to give up if you actually achieve your first weight loss goal.
Motivation is a key in any weight loss program. If you find you are having difficulty after not having lost any weight for a couple of weeks after achieving some progress, then you should look to refresh your exercise program before you should purchase some weight loss supplements or launch yourself into some weird celebrity endorsed diet.