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Today, throughout most of the Western world there is a huge problem. No pun intended but the problem has to do with obesity. Obesity in many countries has reached epidemic proportions. The reason is quite simple. Many people today are overweight either because of what they are eating or because they do not have a regular exercise program. One of the main reasons for this is that it is just not easy for many to lose weight because of their busy lifestyle. So what can a person do? How can they lose weight and keep up with their busy lifestyle at the same time?

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Many want to lose weight, but they simply do not know where to turn for the answers. Maybe they need to only lose a few pounds. Or could it be a larger project and they must lose a lot of weight. Where do you start? Where do you begin? A good place to start off is by going to the Internet. There is so much information on the Internet today that it is mind-boggling, confusing and you just don’t know which information is true or false. Well let’s see if we can get you started in the right direction.

First of all we need to understand why do we want to shed some pounds? For many it is because they are concerned about their health. Before being obese becomes a major health issue in your life you need to make a plan. You need to revise your food intake, your exercise routine, and your attitude. It’s time to stop struggling with those constant diets that are here today and gone tomorrow. It is time to stop trying to lose weight from those fad diets and exercise products that so many people are trusting in. You have been to the gym, you have tried every type of diet, you have bought every piece of equipment that promotes losing weight in an easy manner and still you cannot keep the weight off.

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If you consider yourself to be overweight then the effects can be devastating on both your mental and physical health. It will affect your confidence and how you react with others. It can cause your self-esteem to tumble lower and lower. You never like to go shopping because all of the clothing that you want to buy makes you feel fat. Everything that you’re wearing everything seems to be uncomfortably tight. You constantly avoid taking vacations to tropical places because of the chance that you may be required to wear a bathing suit. You cringe if someone suggests that you have your photograph taken. It is frustrating because you feel lost with nowhere to turn for help. What can you do?

The bottom line is that you need a plan. You need a plan and someone to motivate you to lose weight and keep it off. You will have to make a decision on what proven weight loss program best suits your lifestyle. If you have a busy lifestyle, eat too much and have very little time to go to the gym, then you too are part of this huge problem.


Dieting can be a slow process.  At times it can be so slow that it almost seems as if there is no progress made at all.  So it is no surprise that diet supplements are used by many Australian adults to help give their weight loss a boost.  There’s an entire weight loss sub-industry devoted to supplements which stops fat absorption, increase metabolism, and decrease appetite.  

While it is true that most weight loss experts will not recommend most of the products that are sold as weight loss supplement, there are some which do seem to work.  There are six products which can be bought at drug stores or health food stores and which have scientific evidence behind them that they help with weight loss:

Calcium

Several studies have shown weight loss benefits from eating three servings of low-fat dairy foods daily. The studies found more weight loss when the calcium was received from food than when it was gotten from pill supplements.  

Green Tea Extract

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Not only is green tea loaded with antioxidants, it also helps with weight loss.  Green tea extract contains caffeine, theanine and catechins and these have shown to help with weight loss. Decaffeinated green tea does not seem as effective as regular green tea.

 

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

This is a fatty acid which occurs naturally in red meat and dairy products.  As a diet supplement it seems to work, but it also may have side effects which can be a concern.  CLA may raise cholesterol levels and adversely impact liver tests.  Before an individual takes a CLA supplement, they should discuss it with their doctor.

Fiber

When trying to lose weight, a supplement that makes the individual feel full can help with weight loss. Fiber is definitely good at this and makes it much easier to not eat as much.  One thing to be careful of, though is not to eat too much fiver because it can cause constipation.

Meal Replacements

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These are the weight loss supplements with the best science behind them. These supplements include replacement shakes and bars.  They must be used as directed and a fairly strict diet must still be followed.

Over-the-Counter Orlistat

This is technically a medicine, but since it doesn’t need a prescription, it is considered a supplement.  It is sold under the brand name Alli and is proven to work.  This supplement blocks 25% of all fat calories which are eaten from being absorbed.  Those who take Orlistat and who also follow a sensible eating and exercise plan will lose weight.  Orlistat does have some inconvenient side effects including gas and anal leakage.

When using weight loss supplements, be aware that most of the weight lost supplements sold today are not regulated by the FDA nor are they really very effective.  

Before using any weight control supplement, it is important to discuss the decision with a doctor.  Also try to avoid any products that have excessive levels of caffeine because they can cause side effects such as increased blood pressure or heart rate.


Weight loss is a big issue for an important part of the Australian population. Even from young age we are subject to temptations such a fast food, sweets and carbonated soft drinks, which are poor in nutrients but rich in sugar, preservatives and empty calories. Once an individual passes a certain weight limit, controlling it becomes practically impossible.

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What is it considered rapid weight loss?

Traditional diets state that everything that’s more than 2 pounds a week is considered rapid. The calculation is based on the conversion of pounds into calories. If a weight loss program assumes a calorie deficit bigger than 1000 calories per day, it will be very hard to compensate with exercise, therefore the person won’t be able to secure the minimum amount of nutrients the body needs.

It’s funny what people would do to lose a few pounds as fast as a couple of days. They have short term objectives. For instance, a girl might want to lose a three-four pounds from Monday to Sunday, because she’s going to a date or a party and she wants to fit inside a certain dress she loves. For that matter, she’d starve herself for five days, without considering she might harm her stomach or even trouble her metabolism. If she doesn’t make sure she drinks enough water, she might also experience dehydration. This is a big price to pay for simply fitting into a dress.

Effects of a long term low protein diet

A long term low protein diet will cause malnutrition. It will also lead to diminishing the muscular mass, because the body will consume its own protein when it doesn’t find it in the food. Protein is found in muscles. When you lose weight, you want to get rid of the fat, but keep your muscular mass intact. This is why you need a minimum protein intake no matter what diet you choose.

Experience shows that rapid weight loss significantly increases the risk of developing gallstones. This risk occurs whether or not the weight loss is intentional. If it is unintentional, a visit to a physician is recommended as soon as you notice it, even if you were overweight, so losing weight without doing anything for it seems awesome.

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There might be situations when rapid weight loss is actually needed and recommended by a doctor. Weight loss surgery, for instance, may require the patient to lose a significant amount of weight in order to become eligible. However, such cases will always be closely monitored by doctors, so the risk of developing secondary conditions is minimized.

If you were just thinking to start some rapid weight loss diet, consider talking to your doctor first. Your body will thank you.


Weight loss pills, also commonly known as diet pills, can be a useful supplement in the battle of the bulge; however you do need to be careful since there are a number of risks associated with them. If this is the first time you are thinking about using these pills there are a number of things you should be aware of.

Consider pricing

Diet pills can be costly. It’s difficult to give you an exact estimate since there is such a wide range available on the market. Some diet pills retail for under twenty dollars, whilst others can set you back several hundreds, or even more. Before paying for any make sure they are really what you want and that they are affordable as you may need to be taking them for a while.

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Use the internet

It’s a good idea before buying any weight loss pills to check them out on the internet or talk to your pharmacist, try and stick with reputable or the more well known brands. The internet is a good resource for finding information and if there is a problem with the pills you can be certain someone will have been online and commented on it somewhere. Just Google the name of the product you are thinking of buying and see what comes up.

Many people trying to lose weight join online forums and are often quite willing to share their experiences with different weight loss methods including the use of various diet pills and to tell you how effective or not they have been for them. You can also use the internet to look for discount offers or coupons for enabling you to save a few dollars compared to buying in your local chemist.

Buy from reputable establishment

Whether you are buying weight loss pills online or offline, you should always choose a reputable point of purchase. If your choice is to purchase online, make sure the website is well established and has a number of good reviews. If shopping locally, try to avoid purchasing diet pills at discount and dollar stores, you are better to go to a reputable pharmacist or health store. It’s important to your health that you know exactly what you are buying.

Check pill ingredients before purchasing

It’s important to check the ingredients of the diet pills before purchasing to make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the contents used. Have a talk to your own healthcare professional before taking any kind of weight loss pills and find out if there are any known side effects or other issues that you should be aware of and which may jeopardize your health.

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Eat healthy

Even though you may be taking weight loss pills you need to keep in mind they work in different ways. The majority are intended to suppress your appetite or speed up your metabolism, so be aware that you will still need to follow a nutritious and healthy diet plan.

Incorporate exercise into daily routine

You should also be incorporating some form of exercise into your daily routine as just cutting back on junk food will not achieve your expected outcome. A combination of cardio and muscle toning is a good basis for reshaping and toning your body.

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