I was watching the news last night and there are two new weight-loss drugs up for review with the FDA. This fact did not surprise me. What did surprise me is that one of the drugs contained some of the same ingredients that were in Fen Phen. This was the weight-loss drug taken off the market for increasing your chances of heart failure. Kind of an oxymoron, lose weight to be in better health, but your heart gives out instead. That’s a pretty big price to pay for a small waistline. Being healthy is more than just losing weight. It’s about being balanced with yourself and your surroundings. This includes mentally, emotionally, and of course physically. I think you know which one I’m going to talk about here (ha!ha!) I like to think the physical piece improves the other two pieces of the pie. Have you ever noticed how good your day is when you feel positive about yourself? You tend to hold your shoulders back, head up high, feel more confident, and your brain is sharper too! This is what the physical part of the pie contributes to the whole balance of your life. Sure you can try these new drugs and maybe lose a little weight, but you will be missing out on the many other contributions to the balance of your life. “But, if I lose weight wouldn’t I still feel better about myself?” you might ask. This fact may be true to a point, but how good would you feel knowing you may increase the likelihood of a heart attack. Another question this also raises is, “Do you want to take a short cut though life?” The luster quickly tarnishes on things that are attained without much effort. Creating balance in your life is work; it’s supposed to be.…but aren’t you worth it? I’m not sure who said it but we think it applies here “It’s supposed to be hard, because if was easy everybody would do it!” So the next time you see an ad for the magic pill that just melts fat away, ask yourself, “Do I want to take that short cut to life, or am I worth the effort?” I know you are, but this question is for you to answer.
Yours in health,
AFPA Certified Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist
ACE Certified Personal Trainer