Nicki Anderson

New “Miracle” Diet Pills still miss the point!

By Nicki On March 26, 2009 Under Diets, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Exercise Barriers, Motivation, Today Show, Weight Loss Pill

Flipping between VH-1 and the “Today Show” while getting my workout in, a segment came on the Today Show about a new weight loss “cocktail” which includes 3 different pills. This weight loss combination is in the final stages of human testing, and could win FDA approval sometime next year. ‘Sigh’

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Medical Correspondent for the Today Show told Matt Lauer that this combination may be what’s needed for successful weight loss. She did however, follow it up by saying, “We can’t forget that these pills still aren’t the magic bullet, you still must watch your nutrition and exercise.” Halle-friggin’-lujah! Yes, no matter what, when all is said and done, you still need to eat well and exercise regularly.

Every time there is “hoopla” over a new diet pill I cringe. I cringe because I have asked hundreds of my clients, “If you weighed your ideal weight tomorrow, would you stop exercising?” Most of them say, “Yes, and then I could eat whatever I wanted!” Wait a minute, what? No, no, wrong answer. No matter what you weigh, it is still imperative to move more and eat well. Unfortunately, diets and diet pills send the wrong message, one that I have been trying to fight for years, “If you lose weight, you don’t have to do anything else because you’ve lost weight.”

So let me make one clarification before I get on my soap box, I KNOW that losing weight can improve your vitals, blood pressure can come down, cholesterol, triglycerides, I know, I get that piece of it. But I also know a lot of skinny/fat people that although they are seemingly thin, inside they are not healthy and more often than not, these are the folks that will be getting their hands on this drug.

So before any weight loss pill starts getting all of this attention, I think we’re missing out on the TRUE weight loss “miracle” which ironically is right under our nose. The miracle is our body. The ability to exercise and choose our food wisely. Pills may have the ability to help people lose their cravings, but if they’re not taught or encouraged to eat well, when what little appetite they have resurfaces, often the food choices they make are not healthy. I know this because the people I have the privilege to train, share this information with me. IN other words, many people will choose weight loss over health, hands down.

It’s almost like we’re giving people this choice, “O.K. you can take this pill and do nothing and the weight will fall off, OR you can exercise 4-5 times per week, eat healthy most of the time and weight loss will be a gradual process. ” Hellllooo? Which do you think they will choose? C’mon we’re a society of quick fixes, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know which choice most people will make. Thanks to shows like the Biggest Loser and trendy diets, weight loss is made to look “fast-n-easy,” so everyone is seeking that. Consequently, that choice is the most detrimental as they are learning NOTHING about the value of taking a genuine interest in their health. It makes me crazy.

So, when I heard about this potential diet “miracle” cocktail, was I excited? Funny thing is, someone said to me, “Yeah, if the drug passes and people start dropping weight, as a trainer you’ll be out of business!” Why would I be out of business? People STILL need to exercise, people still lack motivation

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