It is an old saying, but it is very true. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. This pertains to many things in life, especially the diet and exercise industry.
The exercise industry makes every work out, or piece of workout equipment, seem like the last workout you’ll ever need. They make outlandish claims. They make it seem like only their workout is going to give you six pack abs or a washboard stomach, or lose 10 pounds in 1 week.
Mostly, the way you are is genetic. You can alter how thin or thick you are to a certain degree and get healthier, lose some weight, feel better and reduce pain. But if you have been big boned all of your life, and haven’t exercised consistently for 1 year or more in the last 10 to 20 years, and haven’t seen your abdominal muscles in 20 years, then chances are you are never going to get 6 pack abs. Let alone get them within a week or even two. Don’t believe any exercise system that promises you will.
The diet and supplement industry is full of just such claims. How many diet pills are out there claiming to speed up your metabolism and melt away the pounds while you just sit there?
Foods and drinks claim to help you lose weight. How can a food or drink actually help you lose weight? It can’t. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
The only thing that works for losing weight and feeling better is to exercise right and eat right, and to do it consistently. Consistency is the key. You have to be able to maintain the exercise and nutrition program consistently and over time. It only works if you keep exercising and eating right. It takes work, but it is not hard, it just takes consistency.
The latest diet product to make such claims is “Pepsi Special” the new drink distributed in Japan by Pepsi’s Japanese partner, Suntory Holdings Limited. It claims to prevent absorption of fat. It does this by containing dextrin, a dietary fiber that is water soluble and found in fiber supplements.
Fiber is a needed addition to most diets. Many people who eat western diets have very little fiber in their diets and need more. Fiber can regulate the digestive system, lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease, and help out in many other ways. The Japanese Pepsi company claims that Pepsi Special prevents the absorption of fat and can lower triglyceride levels. Thus making it a healthy soda.
A 2006 study from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo found that rats absorbed less fat when eating fat along with dextrin.
Lilian Cheung, editorial director of Nutrition Source, the Harvard School of Public Health’s Nutrition website said “Studies of humans ingesting dextrin suggest short term risks including stomach pain, gas, and bloating. The long term risks have not been studied.”
Dr. Walter Willett, chair of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health added in an email statement to CNN “Unless Pepsi can provide data from controlled studies in humans to the contrary, their claim should be regarded as bogus and deceptive.”
Here is the head of a nutrition department at one of the best universities in the US saying that Pepsi’s claims are bogus and deceptive. If it sounds too good to be true, healthy soda, then it is.
Adding something good to something bad doesn’t make it good. It can be deceptive and misleading to the public. That is the goal of many of these companies who are trying to get you to buy their harmful and unhealthy products.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a food safety and nutrition consumer advocacy group, recently sued 7Up’s parent company because 7Up was making outlandish and unrealistic claims. It claimed that it’s Cherry Antioxidant, Mixed Berry Antioxidant and Pomegranate Antioxidant varieties were as healthy as antioxidants from the actual fruits. In reality it only contained a small amount of vitamin E.
The trouble with this advertising is that it encourages people to drink more of the soda, thinking that they are getting healthier while drinking it. They will only be consuming extra calories. A drink with artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, high fructose corn syrup, and other additives will never be healthy, and will always be bad for you, even if vitamins or minerals or other supplements are added to it.
These are not isolated incidences. Chips were introduced 5 to 10 years ago that were supposed to be healthy and prevent the absorption of fat. It turned out that the chemical that caused the non-absorption of fat was olestra.
Olestra has the unfortunate side effect of anal leakage. It’s as bad as it sounds. Olestra prevents the absorption of fat. The body has to get rid of fat somewhere.
There is no substitute for exercise and eating right. Alone they both can work. But together they are much more effective. It is essential to exercise and keep your body moving and to burn calories. If you want to decrease pain then exercise is even more essential.
But exercise in the right way. If you are in pain and haven’t exercised in years then you won’t want to get into an intense exercise routine. You will need to ease your way into it, slowly and consistently. You have to move around. There is no better way to reduce pain, increase activity and lose weight.
The Pain Free Lifestyle program is set up to enter at any level of fitness. It is easy to follow and can be done at home with only a few light dumbbells. It is less expensive than joining a gym. It is gimmick free. What you put into it is what you will get out of it. It will work, but only if you stick with it and do it consistently.
Losing weight and feeling better without taking pills, or doing something extreme, is safe and easy, and is the Pain Free Way.