Although designed to share pictures between you and the rest of the world, Instagram has some pretty dark places. We’re constantly being bombarded with images of beautiful people doing wonderful things with their lives which is really enough to make anyone feel like a teeny tiny speck of a human being.
However, with influencer and celebrity culture on the rise and more within our reach than ever before, it’s not difficult to get your hands on the things that make them so beautiful in the first place. Some of these things include makeup, clothes and exercise. Not included in what celebs use to look fantastic? Diet pills. (This goes for those teas and shakes too!)
But, they endorse them anyway. They are paid to do so.
The fact is, there is absolutely no miracle cure that can burn off your excess fat and give you trim, toned abs. It’s a lie. A lie that many of us are tragically buying into when celebrities and influencers sell it to us. What we don’t realise is that, behind the images of a scantily-clad, cellulite-free, perfect makeup wearing Instagrammer, is usually a personal trainer, a lot of exercise, a great diet and sometimes a fantastic photo-editing computer program that made them look that way. There’s NO shortcut.
Don’t believe us? Ask the experts.
If it took you a while to gain the weight, it will take you a while to get rid of it, which actually makes a serious amount of sense when you think about it. Clinical Dietitian and Nutritionist, Alaa Takidin says, “always remember it took you years to increase and reach this weight you are in now. So please give sometime for your body to lose it. And please keep in mind that you need to work on lifetime changes in your diet, not strict temporary changes that will only work for a short period of time.”
Celebrity endorsements are increasing the number of people investing in these silly methods. We’re so desperate to look like an Instagram filter that we’re willing to try just about anything. You deserve better! According to personal trainer Nicole Douglas, “It’s being shoved in our faces on social media daily by stereotypically beautiful, sexy, successful women. People are impressionable and its accessible now. You don’t have to go out of your way to find the information or even purchase products, It’s in the palm of your hand. People trust and want to emulate their idols.”
Essentially, when broken down, the majority of these pills are laxatives, which is what makes them seem like the weight is just falling off (or out) of you. It basically is because your body is flushing everything out of you in a speedy and dangerous manner. By constantly needing to rid your body of food and drink, you’re actually losing all the good nutrition too which cause dreadful side-effects like cramping, bloating, diarrhea and dehydration and can lead to major health problems such as organ failure. Which seems a hefty price to pay for the simple illusion of weight loss.
The moral of the story is: these things just don’t work. Don’t believe the hype!
Dr Priyanka Sainani, Homeopathic Doctor and Wellness Coach says, “In the past there have been a few ‘claims’ that these miracle pills have ‘proven results’, but looking back at the actual clinical trials there is not much evidence to support that these pills have ‘proven’ to reduce weight without focus on desired and much needed lifestyle changes. The time duration specified in the research data to study the effects of these pills on the participants is less than what’s required to reach a reliable conclusion. Also, a study compared the end results with a placebo group which took a dummy pill and followed a better lifestyle; the difference in weight loss, between the placebo group and the group taking these miracles pills, was not much. The possible effect of the miracle pills of curbing down the appetite might contribute towards starvation leading to initial obvious weight loss.”
If something sounds too good to be true – it usually is. The absolute only effective way to lose weight without the risk of doing major damage to your body is through a good diet and exercise. Don’t know where to start? Google it.