Weight Loss Remedies aren't Fitness

Why Weight Loss Remedies Don’t Make You Fit

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I’m going to take a moment to vent about claims associated with some weight loss remedies. This is one of those topics that pushes my buttons. While I usually try to keep my topics upbeat, I’ve been thinking about this one for a while. Even though it’s not the bubbliest little cupcake of a topic, its time I address it.

Weight Loss Remedies Aren’t the Same as Fitness

To start, I have nothing against weight loss remedies. In fact, I love them! I use lots of them to be able to have my cake and eat it, too, and then still fit into my jeans! I think that when you’re doing well with your diet and exercise overall, it’s the tips, tricks and hacks here and there that can really bring your efforts over the top.

That said, just because weight control has to do with building great diet and exercise habits, it doesn’t mean that if you lose weight, you’ll be fit.  Once I tame the muffin top I regrew at the start of the pandemic, I’m not going to have six-pack abs under there automatically.  Okay, let’s be real, I’m just not ever going to have six-pack abs because it’s just not the sort of thing I’m willing to work for. But that’s exactly the thing, I’ll use weight loss remedies and lifestyle changes to lose body fat, but that doesn’t mean I’ll also have built lean muscle and strength.

Exercise to Get Fit

If fitness is your goal, weight loss remedies aren’t the way for you to achieve it.  Sure, you can use them to help you to burn off extra body fat if you’re also overweight. If your goal is to have a healthy BMI and also have a stronger body, you can chase both goals at the same time.  Just don’t forget that they are two goals and that burning fat doesn’t mean you’re gaining muscle.

One great thing is that if you are exercising and preserving or even building your lean muscle mass, you will be giving yourself a serious helping hand with your weight control.  I may not have six-pack abs under my muffin top, but I can tell you that I have a good strong core now! Doing regular cardio, some strength training, and some yoga over time have meant that I do have muscle under there even if I won’t exactly be in a commercial for a bodybuilding product.

I’ve taken the slow and steady route, and I highly recommend it for anyone else who wants to build fitness in a healthy way. Yes, I’ve used weight loss remedies for body mass control, but when it comes to my fitness, that’s something I’ve achieved all on my own.

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