Hey everyone! Henry here. I’ve been sniffing around for you all and stumbled across a sort of new way of thinking in the diet pill industry. A lot of the diet pills on the market are junk, plain and simple.
I’m sure you’ve been following my growing list of ingredients and their purported effects on weight loss. The fact is, many of the ingredients in diet pills are used to help you lose weight rapidly via laxative or diuretic type effects. Some are fat burners or blockers. A few are starch blockers. And of course, you have your stimulants that help you burn fat or control your appetite. They also boost your energy levels, which may make it easier for you to exercise.
All in all, though, they don’t help you conquer the major issues that cause weight gain. You’ll either drop the weight rapidly through unhealthy measures (laxatives, diuretics), and then gain it all back OR you’ll control your appetite or energy levels through artificial means. None of these things help you lose weight permanently.
That’s why I was intrigued when I noticed a new trend in diet pills. Rather than target all the usual suspects in weight gain, they are targeting something we don’t think about as often: How our moods affect our weight.
Stress makes you gain weight. When you are chronically stressed, large amounts of cortisol are dumped into your system. Cortisol is a stress hormone and overtime, it can lead to an increased amount of belly fat. Then, those belly fat cells grow to larger, and larger sizes. THEN, your leptin levels are affected. Leptin is the protein responsible for controlling your appetite. So, now you are storing more belly fat AND you want to eat more.
Depression can lead to emotional eating. If you’re sad or down a lot, you might begin to crave sugar. This is a natural response because sugar stimulates the release of serotonin, which is a calming hormone that can counter the ill effects of stress. Low levels of serotonin may lead your brain to send out cravings for sugar in an attempt to provide balance.
Anxiety can lead to compulsive eating (plus all the stress issues above). You know how it is when you are worried about something, right? Nibble, nibble, nibble… Sound familiar?
So, what do these new fangled diet pills contain to help you ward off the ill effects of a crummy mood? Herbals and other compounds that have a calming effect on the body. Ultimately, they all lead towards the release of serotonin, dopamine and other calming hormones and/or endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers).
Do they work? Some do, some… not so much. Again, it’s all dependent on the quality and quantity of the ingredients.
So, keep reading my growing list to see what’s up with these supposed “calming” ingredients and whether you should look into some of these supplements or diet pills. As the trend continues to catch on, the scam artists will be crawling out of the wood work!
In the meantime, here’s a list of some natural things you can do to manage stress and improve your mood:
1) Exercise! One of the best ways to counter the negative effects of stress. Exercise cleans up after a stressful situation by using up excess fats and sugars. It also helps release calming hormones!
2) Get your Zzzz’s! Sleep deprivation can make EVERYTHING seem worse. Your anxiety levels will be higher. Have you ever noticed how overly sensitive you are to things when you haven’t had enough sleep? Right away, you’ll perceive something as being worse than it actually is. There’s a reason they say “sleep on it.”
3) Take time to stop and smell the fire hydrants… I mean, roses (hey, to each their own!). Seriously, when you don’t take regular time outs (DAILY) from a hectic life, you are bound to suffer the ill effects of stress including weight gain. Find time everyday to do something you enjoy and find relaxing.
4) Turn on the tunes! Music therapy is an amazing thing. When you feel sad, resist the urge to play a sad song and instead, turn on something fun and dance, sing and be as silly as you want!
5) Journal the good stuff. I know sometimes life seems rough. I know when I’m investigating and find fraud after fraud, I tend to get a little down in the dumps. But then, I just have to remember all the people I HOPE I’m helping and it cheers me up! Try doing the same by writing down the good things in your life so your focus is more positive. The more you focus on the good stuff, the more good stuff you’ll get!
Stay tuned! I’ll keep sniffin’ things out for you! For now, take care everyone!