Vinluan: Is burning fat as simple as swallowing a pill?

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By Bobby Vinluan

Sports Psychology

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


PEOPLE may not be totally fat obsessed, but had not been keeping track of what they ingest, yet they think the idea of liposuction is as barbaric as bloodletting. In real life, fat or obese individuals have the greatest problem of reducing weight to get thinner, a stressful yet depressing problem.

Obesity in an instance also creates problems of the individuals’ social acceptability, risk of illness, or psychological imbalance that usually makes the individual think unaccepted, a glutton, and having a weak personality. Their inhibitions make them want to burn fat and lose weight at an instance.

Individuals wanting the instant solution of burning fat and lose weight usually put themselves in the ‘weight-loss wonderland’, and usually see themselves comparing advertisements of fat- burning supplements searching for the right pill to get them out of their misery.

How deliciously simple: one swallow and the incinerating begin. No wonder fat-burning supplements or thermogenic acids are a multi-million industry wherever you go. Lining up fat-burning products in the shelves of local nutrition and fitness centers look impressive and inviting, but look at their labels and it indicates what these supplements contain.

Usually indicated are minerals, amino acids, herbs and other natural substances, and their formulas are often based on real scientific research. The trouble is, supplement manufacturers often stretch the limits of the research where the facts are embellished.

For example an ad for a chromium-based product promises “you’ll be able to eat more food, while burning fat and increasing lean body mass”. If claims like this were true, then thousands of people probably would not be battling obesity. Embellishing the facts of supplementary products may be one way of getting individuals to buy what they think is best for them and it is a company product competition.

Because supplements do not fall under the watchful eye of food and drug administrations, such overblown assertions have been fairly easy to get away with. So it’s good to be curious about it, it won’t hurt to ask your nutritionists or doctors, the abridged answer if burning fat is as simple as taking in fat-burning supplements, the answer is “no”, because fat won’t simply melt away, and in the worst scenario, you can end up with an array of health problems, from diarrhea to high blood pressure or even heart disease. Since no long-term health data are available on these products, then it’s good to ask yourself if it is worth the risk.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 12, 2013.

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