Chances are you've seen many adverts about fat blockers - the magical pill to aid your fat loss efforts.
Health and Fitness has become a hot trend over the last few years. With more and more celebrities shown in the media flaunting fit bodies. Social media is full of people in the gym, sharing snaps of their healthy meals and pushing whichever supplement they are currently using. Everywhere you look you're guaranteed to see something health and fitness related. 99% of the time it's about weight loss.
Simply put, it's a pill you take to stop your body absorbing fats from the meals you eat. This reduces the number of calories you're taking in, thus promoting weight loss.
On the surface, it sounds like a great idea, and in theory it works.
But only to a degree.
The pills inhibit intestinal enzymes called lipases, whose job it is to break down fat. The body needs fat for good hormonal health. By blocking fat absorption you're compromising your hormonal health. Many vitamins, such as vitamin D, are fat soluble, and need fat for absorption in the body. Without these micronutrients you're immune system and overall health with suffer.
Furthermore, blockers can have gastrointestinal side effects and can even lower blood sugar. Making them dangerous for anyone with digestive issues or diabetes.
So whilst they may help you lose a couple pounds initially, the long term adverse health affects that fat blockers cause makes them a poor choice.
Rather than waste money on diet pills, invest in your body and your health by learning new exercise and nutrition habits. These habits will last you a lifetime, and ensure consistent weight loss.
Don't sacrifice your health for the sake of a quick fix.
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I'm co owner of nutricoachdiet with Celeste. Specialising in helping people reach goals I also run a full time martial arts academy and am a former world champion kick boxer so know whats needed to reach a goal and transform. Bit of a geek and a legend of a Dad if I do say so myself!!! :)