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Diet Pills

June 27, 2012

I read this today and it got me thinking. I’ve never been a big believer in the “pills for anything that ails you” philosophy.   I’ve never been a drug user or really a big drinker either so maybe it is that sort of lifestyle that informs this? It could also be what I do for a living which involves a heavy amount of pessimism regarding vendor claims and marketing spin. Whatever it is I have no faith that you can achieve meaningful weight loss with a pill and I’ll go even further based on what I’m learning, I doubt they can even assist you in it. The best of them have a placebo effect and are harmless and others have such terrible side effects you might want to just stick with being heavy. I think the bottom line is the only way to really get to where you want to be is to eat less, eat better and move more. That’s it.

I know, I know, I know, I used to always read that sort of thing and think “no way, too hard, can’t do it” but I swear it really is that simple. I was never really taught much about nutrition growing up, there wasn’t a lot of that sort of info around (I’m old so this was pre-internet days) and anything that was around was almost cult-like. I was very set in my ways and just doing whatever I wanted. Once I realized I was doing almost everything wrong, I simply changed it. I didn’t attach a lot of emotion to it and I didn’t try to make it sound like I was horribly punishing myself, I just did it. Believe me I didn’t want to, I wanted to just take a pill and make it all better but the world simply doesn’t work that way and neither does your body. In addition all the pills out there tell you they don’t work anyway if you don’t alter your diet and exercise.

I’ve recently taken to walking along the lakeshore where I live with my two dogs, it’s the easiest exercise ever. I do it about three times a day on the weekends and twice during the week. I lift some weights when my insides aren’t rebelling and currently do very little cardio (bad lungs). The whole process takes less than an hour, now don’t tell me you don’t have an hour to spare. One day I will post my schedule and you’ll see how that’s simply not true, you can find an hour for yourself in your day if you really want to. There are no easy fixes and everything worth doing or having requires some work and effort. I’ve always applied that philosophy to my work life and now I’m starting to apply it widely to my real life. It is strange but good.

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