Short Cuts or Bullshit? Detox Teas, Meal Replacement Bars, & Waist Trainers
Skip the #FitnessHacks and go right for success.
Health and weight loss go hand in hand and the sooner you realize that the better off you will be. Many people are misguided when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape. Social media has given everyone and anyone a voice to spread advice, sell products, and offer services. Now anyone with a 6 pack is automatically a fitness model and expert in health & fitness, offering "custom nutrition & training plans with limited spots!" Don't be fooled. There are PLENTY of qualified trainers and nutritionists who paid a good amount of money and spent a good amount of time studying and working gaining real knowledge and experience that you can turn to for coaching. In most cases, when something is excessively marketed to the public with claims that are too good to be true it is smart to steer clear. Chances are they spent more money on marketing than on the quality of the product. They are prepared to sell something cheap in bulk to make a profit rather than work on the quality of their product or service letting the results sell for themselves. If a product or service has a list of reasons to convince you why it is needed in your life then chances are you probably don't. Let's take a look at a few examples of trending fitness products that are selling like crazy because of social media advertising: detox teas, waist trainers, protein bars, and online training/nutrition plans from your favorite instagram fitness model! I'm going to breakdown the stupidity of each product BUT will also include any benefits a product might actually have. I'm not trying to be an asshole writing this I just want people to understand that there are NO shortcuts that yield lasting results and that just because someone with a great physique or beautiful face is selling a product does not mean that it works or that they even use it. It's all a fame game, nothing else. I will also suggest a better, more effective, healthier way to achieve whatever the product is claiming the results will be.
Let's start with the famous detox teas! Things you should ask yourself before you go to purchase and put all your hope in a boxed tea: What exactly am I detoxing? How is this tea going to detoxify me? How will this tea bring me closer to my goal? What is even in it? After you answer those questions you should find out that your "detox tea" is either a laxative or caffeinated diuretic that if anything will help you temporarily lose some water weight or spend some time running to the bathroom.
Instead of sitting around drinking tea hoping for weight loss, I want to introduce a much better, safer, healthier way to detox. It requires you to actually put in some work BUT it will actually give you some REAL results. Simply start with a 21 day sugar detox. It takes 21 days to break a habit and after a couple weeks you won't even miss it. It will be hard at first and you will start to become aware of how much sugar you were actually consuming on a daily basis. It is EVERYWHERE and you may not even realize it. Instead of negative side effects and runs to the bathroom you will actually start to feel BETTER. You will find you have more steady energy throughout the day and won't need to rely on that mid day high carbohydrate snack.
The real solution: Remove sugar from your diet and replace it with fibrous veggies, carbohydrates such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oatmeal, healthy fats, and lean proteins. Real results will come quickly and you don't even have to wait 2-3 business days for your "results" to ship to you.
I'm going to keep this simple and cut right to the chase because to me this product is ridiculous. You can't train your waist to be thin and you can't reshape your waist or target fat loss. I mean, I guess you can if you want to wear it under a dress for a night but if your wearing it in hopes for lasting results you better prepare to be painfully disappointed. Not only do you NOT get results from this tight clinching corset around your waist.. if you plan on wearing it to the gym then really be prepared to diminish any benefits from that workout since you won't really be able to move, breath, or do anything productive. It will actually do more harm then good so don't waste your money.
The real solution: Stick to a healthy diet paired with a regular exercise routine including weight lifting and a few cardio sessions.
Protein bars & shakes as meal replacements
When someone embarks on their journey to health and fitness they will almost always come across a fellow meathead or pesky sales guy who knows all the latest bro science and leads them to their first supplement stack. I mean come on, you can't just walk into the gym and lift the weights... the weights won't even allow you to touch them unless you have your pre workout first. Not saying all supplements are bad there can be a time and place for them, a very small one, but they are definitely not necessary for a new gym goer.
Protein powders and bars are the biggest sellers in the fitness industry and are now making their way into supermarket shelves. Everyone is looking for a fast digesting protein powder and a protein bar to replace meals on the go. Truth is nothing can compare to actual food. Most protein bars on the market are worse than a snickers bar, loaded with sugar while the other ones that claim to be "THE BEST" with "NO SUGAR" are filled with artificial sweeteners that are calorie free (Ex. sucralose, sugar alcohols) and a list of other scary ingredients that were man made in a lab. Swapping calories for chemicals? YUM. Most of these products cause extreme digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and cramps. This is from the use of cheap protein, fake fiber, thickeners, processed artificial calorie free sweeteners. These products are engineered to look like a healthy alternative to a meal, key word engineered here. Those are just some of the immediate short term side affects, what happens after long term use? Stop looking for short cuts, prepare your food in advanced, stop the guessing game and stop the excuses. Anything that seems too good to be true usually is. Nothing good comes "free" and nothing worth achieving comes "easy".
Like I said, Not ALL protein shakes and bars are awful. There are a handful of decent products hidden on the market. You want to look for a product with the fewest amount of ingredients listed and recognizable, low in sugar, and preferably sweetened with stevia or monk fruit. Shakes are ok by themselves after a workout for fast digestion and bars are good for emergency meal replacements. Whole foods should take up 99.5% of your diet with the remaining 0.5% from supplements.
The real solution: Prepare your meals in advanced or order them from a meal prep company and plan ahead so you are never left hungry and unprepared.