Everywhere you look, there’s a new product or gadget that promises to help you lose weight for good. Unfortunately, most of these products have no scientific basis for their claims, and in many cases, can actually do more harm than good.
Steer clear of these weight loss “quick fixes” that are anything but.
Laxatives and diuretics
Long-term use of laxatives can be harmful, and even fatal in some cases. Overusing laxatives, or using them for weight loss can cause dehydration, nutrient deficiencies, and only results in loss of water weight, not fat. Similarly, with diuretics, you force water out through urine and stool, but you won’t lose any actual weight. A better bet: drink plenty of water to keep bloating to a minimum, and avoid bloat-inducing foods like fried foods and high-sodium, processed snacks.
Spot-reducing machines or routines
Americans spend millions of dollars on products designed to exercise one specific muscle group such as the abs or thighs, claiming to help you spot-reduce that one problem area. Spot reduction is a myth; in order to slim down any area of your body, go for total fat reduction with diet and exercise. For annoying trouble spots that don’t respond to your efforts, body contouring procedures done by a skilled plastic surgeon are your best bet.
“Natural” diet supplements
Many health food store and pharmacies sell products labeled as “all-natural” and “safe” because they contain herbs or other plants that claim to help you lose weight. These products are not regulated by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily safe. In fact, many of these supplements have been found to contain unlisted ingredients that can be dangerous.
Waist trainers and corsets
Some celebrities swear by wearing constricting waist trainers or similar garments to achieve bikini bodies. The reality is, nothing you wear on the outside changes your body composition on the inside. That said, try wearing shaping garments on special occasions, but keep in mind your body will go back to its original shape after taking them off. Just make sure your garments aren’t too tight, since some garments can constrict breathing or result in cracked ribs in rare instances.
Don’t sacrifice your health by trying weight-loss products that aren’t safe. If you find that diet and exercise aren’t giving you the look you desire, talk with a plastic surgeon about options such as a tummy tuck, Smartlipo™, and other ways you can tighten and restore your body back to a more youthful, sculpted shape.
For more information about body contouring procedures and other plastic surgery options, contact Monarch Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation today!