Do The Weight Loss Programs Really Work?

Advertisements for weight loss products are very poorly regulated by the government. Unscrupulous people can say whatever they want. They are not required to produce evidence that their products are safe and actually help people. The government does not demand such evidence and for the most part, television networks, newspapers, and magazines do not require anything but a check before running advertisements, even though some products may hurt people.

You and I could put together the most bizarre and ineffective diet in history, make any claims we want, and have an infomercial on the air tomorrow. We could claim it produces miracle results, boosts metabolism, helps you lose weight while you sleep, and more. We could get people in white coats to say it works. We could have before and after pictures. We could have testimonials from people who say how wonderful it is.

If claims like the ones you saw were true, the world would know about it. You would see the news written in newspapers, doctors would know about it, and the whole world would be using it. There have been many thousands of such products over the years, and where are they now? What are the chances that Fat Blaster represents the ultimate solution?

To lose weight, it makes sense to eat a reasonable, healthy diet, and to follow a reasonable, health exercise program.

There are a number of resources available for eating healthy, exercise, and controlling weight. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has an excellent web site with nutrition information. Information from other government agencies is also available. Another fine resource for information on nutrition and healthy eating is the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Their web site is http://www.eatright.org/. This site provides nutrition tips but also explains how to get an excellent guide for healthy eating – a book called “The American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Guide.” In addition to this book, the ADA offers nutrition resources and tips at the following web page: www.eatright.org/nuresources.html

WebMD has a number of resources in the Nutrition Center.

Finally, physical activity is a key to losing weight and maintaining it. The good news is that modest amounts of activity can be a real help. An excellent resource for information on healthy ways to increase physical activity is the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Their web site is http://www.acsm.org . The ACSM offers tip sheets and brochures on physical activity at http://www.acsm.org/brochures.htm .

Nanci S. Guest is a certified personal trainer & nutritionist, and is completing her Master of Science degree in nutrition this June. She owns "Power Play: Nutrition, Fitness, Performance" in Vancouver, BC, and for the past 8 years she has been providing individuals, sports teams & the community with nutritional consulting & personal training services, as well as research services, seminars and article writing for local & national publications.

Her specialization is sports nutrition, catering to a variety of athletes of all levels. Some of her elite athletic clientele include members of the Vancouver Canucks, the Vancouver Giants & the BC Lions, the Canadian National Freestyle Ski Team, Iron Man participants, athletic teams from BC high schools and universities, and a variety of other provincial and national team members.

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