THEMEDI8OR04210 - the problem with diet pills is that there is NO evidence that any of the over the counter ones work. For starters, most of them are unregulated, and don't actually have to do what they claim to do.
The other problem is that they don't really "kickstart" your loss. What people usually mean when they say this is that they want a fast start to motivate themselves. What happens is that they can't maintain this quick weight loss (which usually happens anyway for most people because of fluid loss in response to healthy living) and get discouraged when the rate doesn't stay the same.
Another problem with diet pills is that they teach you nothing. Even if they did work, the side effects aren't worth it, and when you stop taking them, you haven't dealt with the core problem: your overeating.
If diet and exercise isn't working, you need to figure out why. Diet pills are not going to solve that problem, and when you stop them, you're going to be right back at square one: Not working. If it's not something you want to do for the rest of your life, it's a short term solution, and not worth trying. There are no shortcuts, quick fixes, or easy outs.
Usually when our nutrition and exercise regimens aren't working, it's because of the following:
1) We're underestimating the calories we eat. Only 11% of Americans accurately know what they're eating. If you're eyeballing it, the odds are you're overeating andd not even realizing. it.
2) We're overestimating the calories we burn. Don't trust that treadmill readout! ;)
3) You're not eating the right things. All calories are not created equal! Sometimes, it's more than just calories in/calories out.
5) You haven't actually changed anything. If you've been doing the same things and nothing changes... well, if nothing changes, nothing changes.
YOu mention cheat days... well, stop having cheat days. :) It sounds like you're still in the diet mentality. You don't have to have cheat days! There is nothing in the world I can't eat. All those diets that claim you can "eat what you want and still lose weight?" They're not appealing to me, because I already am, and I already do. The trick is not turning off your brain for a day and eating whatever you want, it's always allowing yourself the things you want... in moderation.
If your program's not working, post about it in the diet & nutrition and fitness forums, and let us help you figure out why.
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