“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

Gimmicks aren’t sustainable

“Start losing weight today with this easy weight loss device. Simply get this little device fitted at our lab and you’ll be on your way to SlimTown!”

Look, I’m SURE you know someone who knows someone whose friend lost twenty kilogrammes just by wearing an earring or bracelet or waving a magic wand…

And there is even some evidence to suggest that these gimmicks COULD work for certain people. I’m not saying it’s completely impossible.

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Why? Because wearing such an item can prompt people to alter their behaviour. It’s not necessarily the device that causes the weight loss, but the constant reminder that it’s there can also help remind dieters to make better eating decisions.

Is it sustainable?

In my experience, people who use these devices may lose a few kilogrammes in the beginning (as most people do when they start a diet). BUT the weight loss isn’t always consistent and long-term. The ‘novelty’ wears off, and the dieters end up going back to their old habits.

What should you do instead?

Weight loss is about eating less, and exercising more. A gimmick can’t do either of these things FOR you. At the end of the day, YOU are in charge of your own weight loss journey. There isn’t a ‘quick fix’ or magic wand that will wave the fat away in an instant. If you put in the hard work, you WILL see results.


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