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Why I’m Over The Quick-Fix Health Industry (And You Should Be Too)

By May 18, 2017Live, Think

Reality check: quick-fixes don’t work.

The “quick-fix health industry”, by my personal definition, is any company/person that sells a product specifically designed to “make you skinny, fast”. It could be a diet pill, a spot-reducing device, an impossible-to-maintain nutrition regimen, or any other improbable (and likely miserable) manner of weight loss. I’m sure you’ve all seen or heard the following buzzy phrases:

  • “Lose 10lbs in 10 days!”
  • “It’s the diet your doctor doesn’t want you to know about!”
  • “This new, vibrating body corset will melt away belly fat!”

Important PSA/news flash/message for the public: it’s all nonsense. 

The Evidence

Exhibit A

First of all, my Facebook is absolutely plagued with a product line called, “It Works!”. The brief breakdown is as follows: the company sells body-toning products, and is most infamously known for their “crazy wraps.” As explained in this brilliant article by one James S., “the only thing It Works! works at doing is to make the owners wealthy by selling multilevel marketing weight loss bullshit.” 

Can anyone really explain to me how these products create “lasting” results, scientifically? And how can anyone possibly believe that this is sustainable?

Exhibit B

Garcinia Cambogia (GC): everyone’s favorite diet pill! (Sarcasm, my friends.)

You’ve likely seen the ads, read the reviews, and/or have been skeptical of its effectiveness. Here’s the real talk: in a Women’s Health article, author K. Aleisha Fetters explains that GC is not FDA regulated. In this article, Sue Decotiis, M.D, explains that “Most brands of garcinia cambogia extract diet pills, including big names, have failed independent laboratory quality and quantity testing.” Hmmm… Additionally, the pill hasn’t been tested against a placebo, which means theres no guarantee this actually works.

You might have seen crazy before/after pictures that lead you to think otherwise. If you have, just know that the pill and other products like it often steal images/information from reputable sources and call it their own. 

These are just two I chose out of infinite examples: juice cleanses, no-carb diets, and waist trainers are just as bad.

These fads typically get worse in the summer.

Watch our for headlines about dropping 20 pounds or getting a bikini body.

How To Get A Bikini Body:

  1. Go to the store.
  2. Buy a cute bikini.
  3. Go home and then put on the cute bikini.
  4. Congratulations! You have a bikini body.

Seriously, that’s all there is to it. You are beautiful and wonderful and fabulous, and beside that, you don’t want what these phony fitness fanatics are selling.

Okay, so let’s say you fell off the “healthy lifestyle” wagon (maybe you’ve forgotten what a vegetable looks like), and would like back on.

You came to the right place!

Fit University is here to offer you support, guidance, and an entire community of resources and allies.  We’re not trying to sell you a quick-fix; rather, we’re here to offer you fun and also sustainable ways to reach your goals.

Not only do we give you free access to workouts, wellness news, and fun-yet-healthy-yet-so-delcious recipes, but we’ve got each other’s backs, we hold each other accountable, and we provide unconditional fit-family love, even when you’re at your lowest.

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So before you call up your local quick-fix provider, take a minute to think about what you deserve. Be wary of those who claim fast results with no effort. These products are ineffective in the long term. Also, they can take you down paths of disordered eating and diet yo-yos. Lifestyle changes are slow and steady, but with patience, you’ll achieve all you set out to accomplish. 

Instead of a quick-fix, you can try out a new class, incorporate more fruits and vegetables onto your plate, or/also take time out of your day for yoga or meditation

In conclusion, I implore you to stay away from these brands/companies/sellers, and I ask you to take care of yourself– sustainably. You’re worth it.

Additionally, if you find yourself in need of a support system, Fit University is a judgment-free ally. I can promise you that our events, chapters, and social media accounts are way more exciting than wrapping yourself in plastic wrap.

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Author Casey Douglas

Casey Douglas is a junior year at Boston University, where she studies public relations and anthropology. In her free time, she enjoys lifting weights, getting lost on runs in the city, and eating grapes. Casey hopes to one day work in the communications industry and represent a company in the field of health and fitness.

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