Writing the title, “Dr. Oz and the Magic Pill” reminded me of a children’s book. Doesn’t it have just the right amount of mystery, magic and intrigue? But this blog is not about a children’s story. This is real life, where truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Even if you haven’t been watching the Dr. Oz Show, you have likely heard about green coffee bean extract, saffron extract, safflower oil, white kidney bean extract, raspberry keytones, or any of the other supplements that his producers have scrounged up to promote weight loss. Everyone has been asking me, and you are probably asking yourself, “Does this stuff really work?” The answer is yes. And no.
Wait! Before you storm off in frustration, let me explain. Yes, every one of the supplements that Dr. Oz has promoted have qualities which lend themselves to be viewed as supportive in the process of losing weight. Whether it be to raise metabolism, reduce carbohydrate assimilation, cut cravings, or provide your body with the good fats it needs so that it can release the bad fats that it is storing, all of these supplements can be beneficial. But, my readers are smart, so I am going to appeal to your smart side right now with these three points.
First, there is no magic pill. You probably know someone who has lost weight and felt great while taking “Chinese bee pollen”. I put it in quotes because it comes with many different names and is essentially a combination of herbs and B vitamins. But, just when you start to wonder if you should try this stuff yourself, you learn that it has been banned in Canada and US distributors are disappearing like criminals. Perhaps there was an ancient Chinese secret in those pills? Perhaps an unlisted illegal drug? I’m not a pessimist, but if it seems too good to be true, it probably is to good to be true. It might cause you to lose a few pounds, but what is it doing to your heart, or your liver?
Nothing is more important than your health, and if you are focusing on your health, your weight will fall into line. We all think we are invincible, and we want to be invincible. We will continue our bad eating habits past slightly overweight and well into obesity and still hope that there is some way to shed the weight without changing our lifestyle. As a nutritionist, I continuously see clients with mild health issues who show resistance to improving their diets. At the same time, I am meeting with people who are fighting for their lives and are willing to do whatever it takes to stay alive. Why wait until you are diagnosed with diabetes or pancreatitis to start focusing on your health? It is much easier to maintain good health than it is to recover it.
So, how do we maintain optimum health? Is it by taking 15 pills that will raise our metabolism, reduce our cravings and cut our carbohydrate intake? I’m sure you know the answer. If your body is already packing on pounds, you need to start providing your body with the nutrients it needs instead of unnecessary nutrients that are being packed away in your fat cells. Those nutrients are not found in pills, but in real food that your body needs to function optimally.
In every process, there is an order of events that must take place. There are things that must occur before the next step can happen. It is the same for weight loss. If you are not taking the most basic foundational steps, such as changing your diet, establishing a plan and creating a support system, then the answer is no, those pills will not work.
Have no idea what those basic steps are, or where to begin? Join me for my Slim Down for Summer program. It’s twelve weeks of education and support, all from the comfort of your own home. This program is for you if you know it’s time to do something, but you haven’t been able to commit 100%. Need a little push? How about a whole community of women who are looking to achieve the same goals? You can check it out here, or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.