i was wodnering what people thought of thsoe excel pills from acelarade that supposely help you in running and weight loss by bettering your metabolism? any thoughts?
Wow, that's two posts now on pills and weight loss!
Suggestion, DO NOT BOTHER with the stupid pills. They are just marketing shticks to get peoples money because they are too lazy to cut back and monitor what they eat as well as are frikin' lazy to work out. Go out, walk, swim, bike and run, what ever! There is NO easy way to loose weight except to cut the meals in half and workout moderately. Get checked out by a doc before you do any tri stuff if you are new and then eat properly and exercise. Deveop a good base and you WILL have a higher metabolism. NO pills. They are just bad news. If you want to loose weight the best thing to remember is:
Weight loss= Calories in < Calories out
There is NO other way to loose weight.
You're right about pills. Performance-enhancing and weight loss products are multi-billion dollar industries; and to my mind, are a huge waste of people's money. Want to be a better runner or cyclist? Put in the miles. There are no short-cuts.
As for weight loss, I'd question your suggestion to "cut the meals in half," though. That's way too simplistic, and probably would not result in a healthy diet.
Ya, I guess so, but I was speking in a "general" sense. I find that many people eat way too much and workout very little, thus they put on the weight. As long as you monitor your body and the food intake with exercise intensity you should be fine.
If you already an athlete (eg fairly thin and been exercising regularly) just looking to lose those last extra pounds to improve performance, its actually more complicated than for someone with more extra weight who is not looking to simultaneously improve athletic performance.
Do some research. Read Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes by Monique Ryan and/or Food For Fitness by Chris Carmichael. They both have chapters on changing your body composition.
Stay away from all those pills and fad diets. Those are just for the "my laziness is more important than my health, money, and happiness" types of Americans.
You'll probably lose some weight (or lose fat and gain muscle) just by training and eating nutritiously. A trick I use sometimes to keep eating nutritiously when I'm hungry after a good ride is when I have my eye on a candy bar or something, eat equal calories in something healthy first and then have the candy bar if I still want it.
I wouldn't do pills again because I tried twice and never noticed ANYTHING. Since I started working out, I've lost 35 pounds and am still loosing...but it's because of my working out, and I eat "slightly" better. I was using the pills as a supplement and was hoping it would help during my workouts (I'd take them right before lifting or running or whatever). I asked for the high octane versions from GNC that had a bunch of caffeine in it....still didn't experience anything except a faster heartbeat. After I finished the bottle, I never bought another one. I am of the feeling now that any results you get from pills are entirely from the "placebo" effect. But that's my personal opinion from my experience.
Totally agree with JoseM.
Personnally, I think that everything is in your head. Placebo effect.
Okay, the heart beats a little faster, but come on...
Diet pills = Dangerous!!!
Especially if you already are working out. And if you don't. Either way, please stay away!!!!
We speed our heart rates up while exercising which puts ademand on that muscle.
Diet pills will again speed your heart rate up. Most of them do that by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system and/or speeding up metabolism. Whether it is through epedrine (adrenaline type drug) ot thermogenic herbs used to speed up the metabolism, the results are frightening. The sympthetic nervous system (just in case some are not sure) speeds up your heart rate as well as vacoconstricting (tightening up of your blood vessels) to raise blood pressure. This is known as the "flight or flight" response that happens during extreme stress. It enables our bodies to perform under the demands of heightened stress/crisis.
If you add an artificial Sympathetic response to our already raised heart rates during our regular exercise, it is a very bad and dangerous combination. :eek:
To those that are not fit with very efficient hearts, to concern becomes different; will those peoples' hearts handle the artificially added stimulation consistently and suddenly? :(
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