I don’t know about you guys but lately my social media feeds have been filled with these “miracle” products that promise an array of things from dramatic weight loss in only a few days to the complete removal of cellulite. To make matters worse some of these products are promoted by influencers such as IG models and celebrities which leave people convinced that these types of products actually work and see them wasting their money on them.
We live in a society where we are constantly taught to love and accept others but rarely reminded that this love and acceptance should be applied to ourselves. When we covet something we want to have it as soon as possible and in the easiest manner possible. So it comes as no surprise why products which are marketed to our insecurities promising quick and easy results become so popular.
The non-sexy and unmarketable truth about achieving fitness goals (or any goal for that matter) is that they take time (a lot of it), patience, hard work, discipline and dedication. You didn’t get to where you are overnight, so you’re not going to get to where you want to be overnight. If a product is offering you something that seems too good to be true, the likelihood is that it probably is.
Lets talk about some of these for a minute:
Waist Trainers: these are based on corsets which were worn in the 16th century. The logic behind them is that if you wear them for a certain period of time everyday you will see a reduction of size in your waist.
- There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that the shape of your body can be altered through the use of spot reduction.
- While the illusion of an hour-glass figure created by a waist trainer is temporary the damage caused by waist trainers can be permanent including damage to internal organs, the spine and ligaments.
Detoxes: The idea here is that after an indulgent period of eating (such as the holiday season) you can wash away toxins that have been accumulated by the body (from unhealthy foods and drinks to the polluted air that we breathe) by drinking juiced vegetables and fruits. One of the main benefits other than removing these toxins from the body is weight-loss.
- Doctors and investigations conducted over some these detoxes have found that they aren’t backed by science
- Edzard Ernst a Professor of Medicine at the University of Exeter has said that “the healthy body has kidney’s, a liver, lungs and skin” that detox the body
- The best way to react after an indulgent period is just to eat well and to exercise
- Moreover the weight that is lost during these detoxes is not fat it is water which will comeback as soon as you start eating food again.
The message to take home is do your research before you use or buy products. Don’t just use them because your favourite IG model or celebrity is using them.
Just some food for thought