Change of Lifestyle



I was in a conversation this week with someone who was told by their doctor that they had some problems with low levels of vitamins and that if they exercised it would solve this problem. Their first question was to their doctor was, “Do you make a pill to help this?”

Why would you want to do that to your body? I know it’s the easy way out, at least short term, but in the long run, when a doctor tells you that you can exercise and you will get better why would you not choose that option?

If you are a new reader to this article, let me catch you up. Several weeks ago I decided that I would like to challenge all readers to commit to a change in the way we live. We all need to live healthy. By this, I do not necessarily mean we have to all become “skinny.” Losing weight is just an added bonus when you eat healthy and exercise. It’s a lifestyle change that will take baby steps.

I started running. I hate running, but I know it’s great exercise. Last week, I ran 17 miles. I will run 18 miles by the end of this week. I am sore and tired, but it’s a good sore and tired. It makes me eat better, because I refuse to have a horrible diet as hard as I am working. So I am getting there…..I hope those of you who have been with me from the beginning have made changes in your own way.

There is NO magic pill, if there was I promise that I would have found it. The only way you can be healthy is to eat right and exercise.

Many people have turned to diet pills due to claims that they help people lose weight without exercise, and reduce food cravings. These weight-loss pills and fat burners contain stimulants that work like caffeine. The effect is raised energy levels and a decreased appetite – this is what the manufacturers claim causes the weight loss.

While some people may have short-term success losing weight on a diet-pill program, weight loss using pills may have inherent dangers and undesirable side effects

Many dietary supplements are hyped for their stimulant effects and their ability to enhance metabolism with subsequent weight loss. These pills often include two similar ingredients – ma huang (ephedra – a botanical source of ephedrine which is similar to amphetamine) and guarana (which contains caffeine).

Since 1994 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of several deaths associated with ephedra supplements and hundreds of reactions ranging from dizziness and nausea to seizures, heart attacks, and strokes. This had led the FDA to issue a warning about the supplement.

The most common side effect – increased blood pressure – commonly occurs in young, healthy people and even a single dose of ephedra can cause a mild elevation of heart rate. Herbal products with this drug are particularly dangerous because they vary in potency, so overdosing is common.

Weight lost using a pill will not be permanent. In reality, the only way to increase metabolism is by doing weight-bearing exercise. When it comes to using diet pills, the only thing that is “slim” is the chance of keeping the weight off, especially if you have not learned the lifelong good habits of healthy eating and exercise.

If you need help, I am here. I would love to help you reach your health goals. If you will visit the Gym we will give you a two-day pass that will allow you to try some of our exercise programs. If you decide to join, we will offer you the best price that we can. If you can’t join the Gym, I will still be glad help you however I can.

Remember: If you don’t take care of your body, where else will you live?

Lynn Pass is owner of The Gym in Oneonta. She holds
a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance
from Auburn University and personal training and
aerobic certifications in ACE, AFFA, and ACSM.