To my friends who are actively participating in weight loss programs or doing their own program. I have seen/read/been told that some program are promising huge weight loss (more than 2.0 lbs per week and one that promised upwards of 5 – 8 lbs per week)…I must stress as someone who has lost a ton of weight, has their bachelor’s in Culinary Nutrition and actively works in the health & wellness industry that rapid weight loss is not good. In fact, it’s not sustainable. Several major clinical trials have shown this – looking at 10’s of thousands of folks across many cultural backgrounds and ethnicity. What does work is slow and steady. Sure – it’s not “ideal” but we need to realize the weight didnt come on overnight, it’s unrealistic for us to expect it to come off overnight. A good goal is to sustain a 0.5 – 2.0 lbs per week lost. That’s healthy. Steady. And something our bodies can manage. It’s about the long term – and being healthy. Above all, be safe on your journey and seek advice from a qualified health professional. Hugs to all ♥
- Diet Pills & Stimulants
- A man named Aesop
Diet Pills & Stimulants
It started when I hit my first plateau. I was still 17, and about 75 pounds lost. I needed to go to GNC after school to pick up some more vitamins. Unfortunately, I got way more than I was expecting. I saw a sign that said, “Plateau No More!!” Nothing more needed to be said. I took out my credit card and bought the bottle of pills under the sign. I went back to the dorms and read the bottle and it told me to take 2 pills in the morning, and 1 – 2 pills just shortly after lunch. It promised me an increase in my metabolism, rapid weight loss and so much more. So I did.
I felt alive. I felt energetic. Honestly, it felt great. So I went to the school gym and had the best workout of my life. After the gym I got my usual snack: a veggie hoagie with mustard on a 6″ roll (momentary digression here: I earned the nickname the “original Jared” later on in life since Subway by that time had not yet marketed the “real” Jared. But it’s all good – I had this sandwich nearly every day for about 3 years). Back in dorm with my snack/lunch, I realized I needed to take my next dose of pills. So, I thought to myself, “the bottle says take 1 – 2 pills after lunch…I’m big. I can handle 2 pills.” Yup…I popped two pills. I had that same feeling again…energized. Alive. I remember thinking, “where have these pills been all my life?”
I continued to take the pills for about 4 weeks. I lost almost 28 lbs in those 4 weeks…the most amount of weight since I had first started the journey. I was excited to say the least. So I went back to GNC for another bottle. And, in the heat of the moment before making the purchase I saw another sign, “Burn Fat While You Sleep.” So I inquired…It had a fancy name which I don’t remember, but I listened to the sales woman and bought the bottle. So my regimen was as follows:
- 6:00 am Vitamins & 2 Xenadrine
- 6:15 am First Visit to the gym
- 7:30 am Classes
- 12:00pm Lunch plus 2 Xenadrine
- 3:30pm Second visit to the gym
- 9:00pm 2 Nighttime Metabolic Fat Burning Pills
It wasn’t long before the jitters started. I could barely fall asleep. I would be up at 11pm, 12am, 1am doing sit-ups, push-ups…whatever I could do to tire myself out. Turns out, none of it mattered I was not tired. After dropping another 18 lbs in nearly 3 weeks, I started to feel something was wrong. My chest felt funny every minute. I asked my roommate to take me to the medical office, and it turned out – well, you can guess…I was having heart palpitations. I was admitted to the ER for overnight observation and told to discontinue the use of whatever pills I was taking. I was hesitant. I didn’t want to stop…I lost nearly 50 more pounds. I was so upset. But I listened – and within 1 week I was back to a normal sleeping pattern and back on the right track.
An aside: to my parent’s forgive me for not sharing this with you. It was something I wasn’t proud of. And to my mom: I remember you asking me how I was losing so quickly – and if you could take the pills too…remember? Well, it was after this all went down why I was entirely against it. I love you and dad.
For now. Stay healthy.