*My Take* On “All Natural” Weight Loss Products?
When you are contemplating your dieting plan, how vital do those two little words, “All Natural” become to you? To many people, this is an instant guarantee, and now they can rest assured that all of their weight loss dreams will miraculously become realities and there will not be any adverse side effects of hurting them physically or even emotionally.
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“All Natural” seems to imply to many people that everything else is okay as long as what they are taking is all natural. Not only is assuming that just because something is all natural that it is healthy foolish, but it can also be very hazardous to your health.
One all natural substance is frequently used as an anesthetic and also to kill people and used as a tool for hunting because of its unique ability to almost instantly paralyze the nervous system of whatever living flesh it comes into contact with.
While that may be an extreme case, does that sound in any way beneficial or healthy to you? Does it sound like something that you would want to have a class of, or even take a pill with your morning coffee? It is after all, all natural, so it has to be okay and also good for you right?
Now that may be an extreme example, but it should point out the folly and irrational belief that just because something is all natural that it is right for you.
Nothing could be further from the truth and this holds only as true with many of those “all natural weight loss cures” that can be purchased in almost any corner store.
Before You Begin Any Weight Loss Plan
While it is indeed advisable to consult a licensed and certified medical professional before you begin any carbs diet or weight loss plan, we both know that not very many people are going to do that no matter how strongly it is recommended to them and often for a good reason.
Weight Loss Goals
Such a visit to dietitians and personal physicians can often reveal things that you did not know that can have a severe impact on your weight loss goals and the diet plan that you intend to use to get there.
Many times, physical problems are just as much to blame for excess weight gain as personal circumstances and psychological reasons are. Still, the fact remains that not many people are going to go to all of the expense and trouble of consulting with their physician or finding a licensed and certified dietitian.
So what is the alternative?
The very least that you should do is to read the label of any product before you consume it. You need to be sure that there is not going to be anything in there that will artificially alter your metabolism or have any very un-natural effects, no matter how natural the product itself may be.
Apart from that, it is always a good idea to gain information regarding what you are trying to do. Finding a comprehensive guide to boosting metabolism that helps you to understand your personal needs is still going to be more beneficial than an all natural substance that you can pick up at any grocery store in the pharmaceutical section.
Dangers Of Diet Soda: When It Comes To Calories, Less Can Lead To More
My consumption of diet soda began in the 80’s with diet Tab. Over the years, my loyalties swayed back and forth from Diet Coke to Diet Pepsi. The last decade, my cravings had been strictly for Diet Dr. Pepper.
The thought of drinking regular soda loaded with sugar was repulsive, not to mention fattening. I justified drinking three to five cans of diet soda every day because there were no calories involved. What I didn’t realize all along was that my calorie-free drinks were probably causing me to eat more.
After consuming way too many diet sodas this summer during vacation, I decided to quit cold turkey. I was prepared for withdrawals and the first few days were not easy. I kept telling myself it would be worth it; my body would be healthier and my pocketbook would be fatter.
By the time day four rolled around, thoughts of my favorite drink dwindled. I found myself actually craving fruits and vegetables rather than salty snacks and ice cream.
I suddenly realized that all these years the calories I saved by drinking diet sodas were completely outweighed by the junk food calories that went with them.
Days passed and eventually five weeks came and went. My craving for soda had disappeared. In that period of time, I had less than 10 sodas in comparison to over a 100 I would have previously had. My body felt cleansed.
In giving up diet sodas, I discovered the enjoyment of healthier foods. I also learned that just because something is calorie-free doesn’t mean it is better for you.