Skip the diet pill

I get weekly invites to these groups or at least daily notifications from them and I usually just scroll past, I’m sure you’ve had them too. Whatever you need, Facebook seems to be a market place for it all and all the power to these companies! This week I was mindlessly scrolling on Facebook when I came across someone who was trying to sell a diet supplement. The post started by asking,

“Lack of energy?

Burnt out?

Can’t make it through the day?

Curve Cravings?

Blood sugar out of control?

Benefits:

Burns more calories

Boosts metabolism

Increases energy”

This person obviously believed in their product and was super pumped about selling it to others. I re read the start of the post several times, thinking it over in my head and questioning why anyone would need to add this diet pill to their daily routine in order to help those symptoms? To me, this product sounded like a shiny bow to stick on the underlying issue of what normally causes those feeling, bad diet and lack of activity. Those symptoms listed could easily be fixed by tweaking some small things in someones diet and adding some extra activity in their day.

I went to the website selling this product and in the small print it states “The typical person can expect to lose 1-2 lbs per week depending on a variety of factors including the amount of exercise and motivation to stick to a reduced calorie diet.” Guess what? The typical person can lose 1-2 lbs per week following a good diet and exercise program WITHOUT the pill and save themselves the $64.99 per bottle.

Which got me thinking….. how many supplements are out there that really have no place in our diet and how many people are buying into the gimmick spending hundreds of dollars for a product promising weight loss when all they really need is a diet change. Sure, I bet some of these have awesome qualities or are filled with vitamins that maybe you’re a little low on. I’m not arguing the fact that some supplements may be useful, I take fish oil, vitamin D and magnesium every day, the only point I want to make is that before turning to any diet supplement, take a good hard look at what you’re eating. If you’re eating non local, processed, GMO, or multiple ingredient foods that you have no idea what the ingredients are, than that is probably the #1 reason you’re feeling those symptoms mentioned earlier.

In todays world there are ads EVERYWHERE with quick fixes and big empty promises. You can’t make it through a show on tv or a few songs on the radio without hearing someone pitching their product to you and many of them sound too good to be true. Thats because they probably are. There are no shortcuts and no secrets to living healthier or shedding that excess body fat, it just takes hard work and consistency. If you want to feel better, start with small changes. Start drinking more water, clean up your diet a bit by tossing out those processed foods and adding in more nutrient dense whole foods. Get to bed at a decent hour. Start adding 15 minute walks into your day.  I cannot emphasize enough how much of an impact those little changes can make.

I LOVE what I do. I am passionate about helping people have a positive relationship towards food and for them to feel the best they can. This does not mean I’m pushing everyone into counting macros. I’ll flat out tell you flexible dieting isn’t for everyone because tracking and measuring out your food may just not work for your lifestyle. Will we try to accommodate in any way we can to make that transition easier and doable in your schedule? Absolutely! But I understand it isn’t for everyone and thats okay. We will continue to share our knowledge with everyone in hopes that we can help you improve your life one way or another, whether thats though flexible eating or not. I read a quote recently from WAG founder Adee Cazayoux that stated “ The good program you follow is still better than the perfect program you don’t”. Our mission with Flex Fuel is to educate and support as many people as we can about nutrition and hopefully create or enhance their positive relationship with food. Flexible eating is my preferred method that works for me and what I’m truly passionate about but we post a ton of blog entries with tips and tricks anyone can practice to live a healthier life. It is not solely one way or the highway thinking and whatever method you do choose, I can guarantee the right plan will not require a bunch of expensive diet supplements. You can save yourself the extra bucks for something special when you reach your goal :)

With love,

Mallory