Continuing today with another fad diet slogan. These are tips to help you in critiquing a diet or product.
4. “Block the digestion and absorption of fat, carbs, or calories!”
These types of claims are made from supplement makers. They alter the body’s natural functions in order to obtain their desired results. The results are often unpredictable and many have unpleasant side effects.
The main problem I see with these products are that they don’t address the cause of the eating problems. It doesn’t affect change due to overeating. They allow you to eat what you want and absorb the problem foods so you don’t gain weight. You don’t change your eating habits—those issues that have gotten you overweight or obese in the first place.
Watching Biggest Loser will point out that losing weight is much more than dieting or exercise. So taking a pill that stops fat from turning to fat is just a way of allowing you to eat like you use to without any restraint or change.
Remind yourself that a little pill to curb cravings and suppress appetite just doesn’t exist. No magic potion will completely block the digestion and absorption of fat, carbs, or calories.
The majority of these over-the-counter products and “supplements” have no supporting scientific research. They may have endorsements, scientific charts, and scientific language by an expert doctor. We will see how these fit into the advertising hype in later tips.
There is at least one of these supplements approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Though these companies suggest diet changes and even exercise, they are not without risks, so talk to your doctor and do your homework first.
Some people will say we need to do whatever we can to help the obese. Taking a supplement will give them a jump-start on their diet. Even if they make it to goal, now what will they do. Taking pills may help some people but the help is temporary and has health risks.