Originally Posted by lovethoscurls
I am 21 years old and have put on about 30 lbs since last summer. I really want to take this weight off. I went from working 50-60 hours a week on my feet to working a desk job. I can't exercise for about 3 weeks due to surgery but really want to start taking off the weight. I hear about all these diet pills all the time but do any of them really work??________ Are they safe??_________
I've helped to separate the most important question. The answer? NO, most diet pills are FAR from safe and generally include a plethora of drugs that will end up hurting your body in ANY amount.
There is a good side to this information, though. Some of the most effective dieting pills included citrus products as a prime ingredient. In all truth, even if you've heard the rumors and didn't believe them, eating grapefruits and drinking small amounts of grapefruit juice as a diet aid WILL cut calories. In fact, I assume all citrus fruits have more or less the same or a similar affect on your digestive system.
((( *** marks foods that MIGHT be high in calories alone, and though they can help to speed your digestion and push things through without as much absorption, I highly recommend you keep these foods to a limited amount of consumption. Anyway, I don't know anyone who can eat more than 2 kiwis without having mouth sores from the acidity. I do eat them differently, myself, though. I eat the entire furry outside, too, and so that could further irritate my own mouth and worsen the experience.)))
Add those things to the MIDDLE of your meal, and preferably AFTER you get a good amount of fat into your stomach. In fact, cooking anything in lemon or lime juice is an automatic plus. Lime/lemon cooked fish is one that's particularly tasty to most people and still holds a certain high level of nutritious value. If you pick the right fish, it's already low calorie, and then you'll be catching some of the fat using your citrus fruits and pushing it through with a smaller chance of having it digest fully.
Another thing to think about is RAW, unbleached (and possibly organic), natural Coconut oil. I don't care if you've heard good or bad about this. There are rumors and market strategies, and then there are scientific findings and "facts". I'll speak for the second. Medium Chain Fatty Acids, such as Coconut oil, (which just happens to be readily available at any oriental market, restaurant supply, and likely most grocery stores) help to reduce the amounts of energy your body absorbs from the food you eat.
Reason? Coconut oil, for one, is pretty much pure usable energy. VERY little has to be done to it to retreive this energy, and it's potent.
"Won't this make me GAIN weight??"
Nope. Unless you're eating spoonfuls of the stuff, you are, in fact, pretty much promised to absorb fewer calories than you normally would have.
Medium Chain Fatty Acids like Coconut oil break down upon reaching one of the earliest parts of your intestinal system, and so it's used waaay before other foods of more complex energetic makeup. It's like opening a door, unlocking a door, and picking a lock to a door. Opening a door is as simple as digesting coconut oil, while picking locks is equivelant to, say, eating animal fat or eating a carrot. : )
Now that you understand this, I should inform you that because of this super boost of energy, (assuming you're not in the middle of a famine and are, in fact, still eating normally) your body sees LESS of a reason to take energy from other foods. It's going to focus more on pushing this food into other phases of digestion to find the other nutrients it needs. It WILL absorb energy, but less.
You see, you need energy to digest food, and so normally your body would use left-over energy from previous meals or food, or more commonly it would utilize its fatty deposits to power digestion. Medium Chain Fatty Acids like Coconut Oil take VERY LITTLE to digest and use, and so your body won't feel a need to take energy from foods and then later store that as fat in compensation for digestive energy taken.
The estimate most commonly repeated among those who have tested it:
You will be absorbing 3/4ths of the calories as normal IF you only eat one tablespoon of coconut oil. This is tricky, however, as increasing amounts leads to a higher chance of fat storage. Under a tablespoon or just at is a good idea.
Not only does it help you to lose weight HEALTHILY and NATURALLY, but the bi-products of digestion of Coconut Oil in specific are good for yeast and fungal infections aroudn the body. : )
I hope some of that information helps you to lose weight as fast as preferable, and most importantly, as healthily as possible. There's absolutely no reason to take your body through a crash-landing in hobbiest weight loss by forcing VERY harmful synthetics down its tubes. Don't take drugs unless the reason is a very serious one.
Verdict: No drugs, no wonky promise-products. Walk 30 minutes to an hour a day, IF possible and WHEN possible, non stop...and get citrus fruits and some coconut oil. Coconut oil at the beginning of your meal, citrus fruits preferably during the middle of them, and after eating fat-filled foods. Cut bleached sugar and try to sweeten with things like honey and real maple syrup, as they're better for you and work to your advantage during weight loss in many ways. GET FIBER. A high fiber diet WILL make you lose weight. It's another thing that can promote faster digestion and fewer calories caught. REAL, whole wheat bread (unbleached) is one of the best sources, if you ask me, but eat what you like. Citrus fruits contain quite a bit of fiber, depending on which you chose.
By the way...30lbs is unbelievable in my opinion. If I STRUGGLED, at my level of health, I might be able to FORCE 10lbs on in a rush period of a year. (in fat) A healthy person will NOT gain that much weight from simply eating too many sweets. They're body will simply rid itself of the extra energy in a couple of creative, organic ways. I highly recommend you stop taking drugs of any kind that aren't necessary to keep you working correctly at the moment. They're a prime contributor to weight gain like that. Even pain medication, which seems so harmless, has toxic side effects up the wazoo. If you can get a good diet, you'll heal faster after surgery, and better yet, you'll have little need for it ever again. Find a healthy diet, and your body will have itself healing things you never thought it had within months. After 1 year of healthy eating and moderate activity, I couldn't believe what I had felt like before. So heavy, so sluggish...painful, out of breath or tired all of the time. I had multiple "disorders" that oh so magically became "curable" once I took on healthy habits, and I assume many of you will find the same will happen to you eventually through intelligent dieting.
Back to subject: 30lbs isn't something to be disgusted about or ashamed about...but to fear. There's something very wrong with your body if you put on unhealthy weight that easily. Your systems will regulate your body weight if you're healthy, so rather than popping pills or looking for mystical hoopty herbs that'll cost you both of your fingers in debt...do yourself a favor and get what you really need to keep yourself working properly and healing quickly. The building blocks, not the "magic pill", will allow your body to HEAL ITSELF.