Sunday, September 13, 2009

What Part Should Weight Loss Supplements Play in the Fight Against the Bulge?

By Rodney Morris

The question as to what part weight loss supplements should play in the fight against the bulge - as the individual weight loss endeavor is called - is one that is being increasingly asked by many people, experts and laymen alike, in weight loss circles. The question is coming up more frequently nowadays in response to the intensive marketing efforts employed by the makers of the various weight loss supplements, with a core message which tends to leave people with the impression that one can actually lose weight through the use of these weight loss supplements only, that is, without the need for any effort on their part.

Yet even as their name suggest, weight loss supplements are supposed to only play a supplementary role in the weight loss process, where to supplement means 'to give a helping hand.' But what, someone might ask, are the weight loss supplement supposed to give a 'helping hand' to in the weight loss process?

And as it turns out, these weight loss supplements are supposed to supplement the user's efforts at losing weight, the very effort that most of us are so averse to being told that we will have to apply. The effort in question here, by the way, involves only following a proper diet and a proper exercise regime, with the weight loss supplements only playing a 'supplementary role' to these efforts.

The truth of the matter is that if one wants to really lose weight, they first need to ensure that they are not sabotaging themselves by taking food that makes the weight problem worse - which, coincidentally, tends to be the most attractive food. And to really lose weight sustainably and in a healthy way, one has to ensure that they only eat enough food to 'power' their bodily operations - which means only eating when one is hungry and stopping to eat once one is full.

The term proper exercise as used in the weight loss context, on the other hand, refers to getting enough physical activity to burn up any extra fat that your body could be storing up, even as you attempt to control your eating habits.

So it is towards 'supplementing' both the dietary and exercise practices that lead to weight loss that weight loss supplements should come in - in, for instance, helping burn of extra weight that has persisted even in spite of the best dietary and exercise efforts. Conversely, this is to say that weight loss supplements cannot offer an alternative to weight loss efforts; the dietary and exercise effort has first to be employed, and then weight loss supplements (optionally) introduced to expedite the weight loss.

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