Recently, a friend asked me what I thought about the newest weight-loss supplement craze: raspberry ketones. Without bashing supplements, the media or Dr. Oz, I will explain why I don’t think raspberry ketones (or pretty much any “weight loss” supplement) will be worth the money for anybody I know.
TODAY is your lucky day! You just won a contest (you were chosen as “Most Awesome Person Ever”) and now you get to build your own, custom-made car. Piece by piece, you get to assemble your dream car. Cool, right? One caveat: you have a time limit. At a certain point, you won’t be able to do anything more to your car.
The clock starts. You choose the frame of a Ferrari, and have it painted bright red, with black lightning streaks down the sides (why not, right?). Next, you pick the smoothest, fastest tires on the market, and set them off with platinum rims. You are loving this! Now you aren’t just going to be the Most Awesome Person Ever, but the Most Awesome Person Ever, with a crazy pimped-out Ferrari!
What’s next? Hmm… A killer, state-of-the art stereo-system! Leather interior, voice-activated GPS, heated seats… And then suddenly the buzzer sounds. Times up. You inspect your prize car, gleaming in the sunlight. You can now take it home and show it off!
Only… You forgot to have them put in a Ferrari engine. In fact, right now you have no engine at all. Someone offers to get you an engine, just to get you home. They show up with a rusty old engine from a 1994 Hyundai. Halfway home, the engine sputters and overheats. You call AAA, and they come and have it towed to the nearest garage. For $1000, they’ll fix up the Hyundai engine for you. You tell the mechanic that you’ll be right back, you’re just going to go to the bathroom… and you take off running into the woods, never to return to the station.
By now, you may have guessed it: raspberry ketones, caffeine pills, magic South American fruit extracts, injections, grapefruit only diets, etc. are the paint job, stereo system and platinum rims of weight loss and fitness.
The engine? That would be:
- Eating less food than you were eating when you were overweight.
- Eating unprocessed, natural foods cooked without fractionated oils or trans fats, not packed in sugar or salt – foods that you could, in theory, actually find in nature.
- Get at least mildly strenuous exercise 2-3 times a week, nearly every week of the year.
- Sleep an average of no less than 7 hours a night.
If you are not doing any one of those four things, you’re going to end up getting towed to the mechanic with a disappointment on your hands that no paint job will make up for.
Save your money, stick to the basics, and all will be well!