Fat Flush, 7 Day Diet, Miracle Ab Zapper...Reread as SCAM

Fat flush. Diet cleanse. 7 Day Abs. Lose 20 pounds in 20 Days. All of these crazy diets and usually accompanying workout plans generally garner the same reaction from me: first a laugh at how insane they are and then a groan. I often also wonder who not only comes up with this stuff but who are the people feeding into it and buying it. The thing is, especially in writing about, or doing anything related to health and fitness, you are going to be inundated with the latest gimmicks, 'master plans', cutting edge supplements, and the like. That's actually one of my biggest pet peeves in trying to write up anything having to do with fitness in general, it is that more and more often the work is getting lumped in with this other fitness propaganda I will call it.

This is not to say there are not plenty of worthwhile, insightful, helpful, and interesting things to read about in the fitness and sports online world by any means; but the sad fact is that many people are looking to make a profit and they turn to pedaling diet supplements or plans because let's face it obtaining that 'ideal' body is a quest most everyone is on. In the break of the obesity pandemic it's ironic that the obsession with being slimmer, more cut, and 'healthier' is at the forefront of most everyone's minds. So then these supposed 'miracle cures' for flab, fat, cellulite, and sloth capitalize on it all and unfortunately too many people are looking for that quick fix, the easy way to a rock hard body, and they disillusionally tell themselves that plunking down some change and investing in the latest craze will do it.

To me, anytime I see or hear anything akin to fat flush, 'such and such' master diet, a program that boasts you will drop a pound a day, or insane workout contraptions that promise you will have a six pack in only two minutes every third day, I reread it as scam. Sorry to be cliche but if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Let's be honest, if you want to be fit, healthy, and competitive in any kind of sport it takes hard work, effort, dedication, and yes uncomfortablity. Working out requires exertion, sweat, and a certain kind of pain in the form of burning muscles; but at the same time that can be fun and yes, even addicting. I relish the feeling of sore muscles the day after a killer workout or a PR in a race; to a certain degree it is perverse that athletes sort of crave that unique pain of pushing your body to the limit...I've said before that distance runners are the best at kicking our own butts. (Okay, other sport athletes don't get offended because this can apply to you too! haha) Now, for genearl overall health you don't have to necessarily take it that far, but any amount of legitimite exercise will take more effort than a leisurely stroll or heaven help you strapping on that Ab zapping machine.

The truth is that it isn't all that complicated when you get right down to it in terms of diet, exercise, or losing weight. It's a matter of input versus output, elevating the heart rate, hard work, and consistency. Of course there are different approaches or training plans, some better than others, but in the end there isn't going to be a quick, and easy fix. Do you think the people winning races or on the winning teams do so by foregoing the day's workout but make up for it by sipping on some liquid miracle drink instead? Of course there are tips and supplements that work alongside workouts and can improve performance, but I think what I want to get across is that hopefully people will begin to reread many of this fitness propaganda for what it is and will instead of being sucked into them laugh at their ridiculousness. I also give my full support in also laughing at, or at least pitying, the poor folks wasting their own money and time on said products. On that note, what did you do to break a sweat today? :)

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  2. boxinglover9 Says:

    OT: Wanna be inspired by Manny Pacquiao? Watch the Peoples Champ as he does his abs workout. Watch the Manny Pacquiao complete AB workout at his official MP Youtube Channel now!

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