Last updated on Jun 22nd, 2021 at 05:38 pm

The ‘nutrition’ and ‘weight-loss’ supplement industries have been around for as long as people have been trying to get thin

(Did you know: Getting ‘thin’ has only been a human priority since around the 1850s or so?).

Pills and powders for losing weight, getting bigger muscles, and improved athletic performance have come to the fore in recent times more so than ever before, as our obsession with ourselves has increased. Supplement companies have taken full advantage of this idea and are constantly promoting new and improved ways to lose fat, get toned muscles and all those other things, almost magically.

And we fall for it every time …

Why? Because popping a pill is SO MUCH EASIER than actually doing the hard yards of dieting and exercise to achieve our goals. Throwing money at our weight problems is almost comforting: “All I have to do is pay for these magic pills and they will MAKE ME thin. Ah, that’s better, now where did I put that cake?”

Now, I’m not saying ALL supplements are a waste of money

There are a couple that I think can be helpful and HAVE BEEN PROVEN AS SUCH by unbiased science time and again. But what I am saying is “Watch out!”.

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The supplement industry is almost totally unregulated, and if you think ALL supplements contain the highest quality product at the lowest possible prices then you’re a better person than me.

The truth is this: you cannot take a pill to get thin

You must WORK to do that. [tweetthis]Earn it. Diet well. Exercise regularly. Live a healthy life.[/tweetthis] These things are relatively cheap, and they are guaranteed to work.

The pills? Maybe you should read what it says on the bottle next to the little * sign before you put all of your eggs in that basket.

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