Have you been watching the Dr. Oz show lately? If so, you’re probably familiar with the headlines: “Bust belly fat with raspberry ketones”, “Lose inches with 7-Keto DHEA”, “ Melt fat away with safflower oil”, and “ Control emotional eating with Relora”. It doesn’t matter whether you’re shopping online or at the drug store, reading a magazine, or watching television, marketers are trying to sell you the latest, greatest weight loss phenomenon. Even in a small community like Ontario I spend several hours each day answering questions about advertised weight loss products. I spend even more time counseling people who have used weight loss supplements and feel disappointed because they were not effective. It would seem like common sense that if a weight loss product sounds to good to be true, it probably is. The reality is that 78% of Americans are overweight, with 34% considered obese and 6% morbidly obese. What’s more, as Americans we are not accustomed to waiting for results, we want a “quick fix”, we want it now, and we want it cheap. So, it should come as no surprise that Dr. Oz, a highly respected cardiologist turned media celebrity, has used his extensive knowledge of holistic medicine to raise awareness of nutritional therapies. Dr. Oz has been a positive force in helping people understand their nutritional options, but often times the pursuit of network ratings has replaced evidence based nutrition. I’ve worked in the health and nutrition industry for over 20 years and I can tell you with a high degree of certainty that it is impossible to lose body fat by using an herb, vitamin, or exotic juice alone without permanently changing your diet and lifestyle. Anything else and we’re just chasing a dream and wasting our money. Dietary supplements marketed for weight control, depending on the formulation, can only assist in the weight control process; they are not going to “melt the fat away”. It’s not responsible for Dr. Oz or anyone to recommend a “quick fix” nutritional supplement for reduction of belly fat. Body fat reduction is extremely difficult for most people and involves calorie control, exercise, and tremendous discipline. With this in mind, there is one nutritional supplement that Dr. Oz has recommended that I feel can be used safely and effectively to assist in the weight loss process. It is evidence based and clinically researched unlike many of the “quick fix” diet scams available. This product is called PGX, a unique fiber supplement that can decrease appetite to help you control calorie intake and stabilize blood glucose, two important issues to address in any weight loss program.
Every one I’ve worked with who has successfully lost weight and kept it off has reduced calorie intake, increased calorie expenditure (exercise), made healthier food choices, and had the discipline, focus, and dedication to make the necessary sacrifices. Please keep in mind that if you’re overweight or obese it took years for you to accumulate excess body fat, and thus it’s going to take a focused effort to lose that body fat and achieve a healthy weight.
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