Daily Dose of Coach #134: Why Diets and Diet Pills Work?

Why Diets and Diet Pills Work?

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I hope everyone had a great Holiday weekend. 

While enjoying the festivities, I observed a bottle of "Pro Clinical Hydroxycut -- 99% Caffeine Free" and took a closer look. I was interested because I was thinking, "who the heck would want to take Hydroxycut with no caffeine?" There had to be something else in it.

As I observed the ingredients on the back of the bottle my attention shifted to the Directions (see picture). It wasn't the recommended dosage, but the second paragraph that made me say hmmmm.  It read:

"For best results, use Hydroxycut for 60 days in conjunction with a calorie-reduced diet and regular exercise program. Consume 8 to 10 Glasses of water per day."

Interestingly enough, that sounds like the formula you need for weight loss, right there on the bottle... I'm guessing, and I could be wrong, but I doubt it, that most people buying these "rapid weight loss pills" are not as interested in the diet and exercise part. But even Hydroxycut understands that the real key to losing the weight is controlling energy balance (energy in/energy out).

This brings me to my point.  Committing to any kind of diet or even committing to following the directions when you're taking diet pills can work!  They force you to control your energy balance.  To lose weight you need to simply take in less energy (food) then you expend (metabolism and activity).  This creates the energy deficit you need for weight to start coming off.

When people go on diets they usually restrict calories and exercise more, no matter what kind of diet it is.  What you'll eventually learn is the problem isn't the diet, it's the sustainability and eventual lifestyle choices that bring you right back to where you started (sometimes ending up even worse).

If you're serious about your health, it's about much more than just changing the way you eat for a certain amount of time.  It's about making small, subtle, and sustainable changes that you can continue on for the rest of your life.  And yes, Hydroxycut can be a magic pill.  Actually, the directions are the magic. If you follow the directions exactly as they say (even if you don't ever take one), you'll lose weight.