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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:30 am

Does Your New Year’s Resolution Include a New Diet Aid Supplement?

Results you can feel excited about!
(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug)
Three weeks into the New Year and several pounds heavier than desired, the search for a new diet is on. While checking out the latest fad diets it may be tempting to consider a diet aid supplement to jump start a New Year’s weight-loss resolution. 
With a dizzying array of diet aids to select from, the choice can be daunting. Marketing experts do their best to design ads and packaging that grab your attention and hold it long enough to produce a sale. That’s their job and they do it well.

It is up to you to figure out which product, if any, is the right one for you and your needs. Before you rush to the cashier to ring up a bottle of promises, take a few minutes to read the label closely. 
What to believe…

Beware of products boasting of several pounds lost in a few days. Claims that sound too good to be true are very often just that! Permanent weight loss involves loss of fat, not just fluids. 
On the other end of the diet aid spectrum are the supplements that come with a caveat. In a footnote, these diet aids call out that the touted results can only be achieved when the product is used in conjunction with a specific balanced diet and exercise program such as the one used in the manufacturer’s studies.

While noting this condition of use (albeit in small print) is ethical on the part of the manufacturer…it does make you stop and wonder if the diet aid is indeed a significant contributor to weight loss, if at all.

What to do?
Permanent healthy weight-loss is achieved by cutting caloric intake and increasing physical activity. These changes are best introduced gradually enough to allow for the  development of new learned behaviors.  Healthy choices and behaviors have the ability to safely create lasting results.

Good nutrition comes from a variety of foods. Good muscle tone comes from a variety of activities. Together they will help you achieve results you can feel  excited about.

Let’s be honest, you just can’t buy that in a bottle.