The weight-loss industry is currently worth billions of dollars and this is set to increase as more and more people succumb to obesity and seek ways of addressing their weight problem. There is a simple formula for losing weight involving reducing the number of calories you consume by eating healthier and eating less, as well as increasing the amount of calories you burn through exercise. Yet, people are still shelling out significant sums of money to try to lose weight in a quick and easy way, believing that weight-loss products can potentially solve all their problems, and it is hardly as though they have a shortage of items and services to choose from.
Diet pills are popular amongst dieters as they believe that they can lose a lot of weight quickly, and in some instances can. However, pills usually work best when combined with lifestyle changes and if those changes are not implemented individuals can end up experiencing unpleasant side effects from taking the pills. If individuals decide to use diet pills there is no guarantee that they will keep the weight off once they lose it, which clearly doesn’t bother the suppliers or manufacturers who obviously benefit from people who continually come back for more pills each time they need to lose weight.
As well as diet pills there are various supplements, bars, shakes, meals and snacks which are labelled as being for dieters, but as usual there is the disclaimer – ‘this product can help you lose weight as part of a calorie-controlled diet’. Again, it all boils down to people’s preparedness to monitor their calorie intake. ‘Diet’ foods and drinks can contain just as much fat, sugar and salt as regular products, but they generally come in smaller quantities meaning that you can consume fewer calories by choosing to eat them over other items.
There is nothing intrinsically special about these items, although on the packaging of some there are claims that they provide you with all the vitamins and minerals you require. However, once again, if you don’t learn to eat healthily and practise portion control how exactly will you manage when you finish your ‘diet’? Most people end up regaining the weight they lost and surprise, surprise resort to diet products to help them lose weight again, even though they didn’t really work in the first place.
Some people join slimming clubs to help them lose weight only to go for a few weeks and never return, which is obviously money in the bank for the organisers of these groups. Those who do attend usually find they are paying for the support of other people who are as desperate to lose weight as they are and to learn more about nutrition.
It seems, though, that however people manage to lose weight it often comes back which is why the weight-loss industry is so profitable. If your health is suffering as a result of your weight and you feel you have nowhere else to turn, then all the claims made by proponents of weight-loss products reassure you that it is possible to change and that all you need to do is buy those items. When you are worried about your health and well-being there is no expense too great to improve your quality of life and many people are prepared to believe that they can change their situation with just a little bit of help.