Deciding On The Tools To Use For Your Next Weight Loss Program
What is a Weight Loss Tool?
While we’ll be giving a little extra focus to technological solutions and supplementation, a weight loss ‘tool’ can be many things.
A tool is really any application of a technology (be that modern or old) that acts as a ‘force multiplier’.
In other words, a tool should help you to get more benefit from the same amount of effort and to thereby accelerate your progress.
To this end, you can consider many things to be tools, including:
- Books and eBooks
- Gadgets and devices
- Apps and software
- Expert consultation
- Clothes and gear
- Supplements and diet
- Diet plans and training programs
- Exercise machines
- Combinations of the above
We’ll also see how we can combine several of these tools to create a training plan that’s truly a technological marvel.
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight for a while now, then there’s a high chance that you will already have tried using one or several of the many weight loss tools out there in order to shed pounds.
If you’re reading this post though, then it’s probably safe to assume that none of them has quite worked just yet…
The bottom line is that finding tools out there that work is hard and before you go any further, it may be useful to look at just why this is and how you can identify the time-wasters before they damage your efforts and your motivation.
Beware: Cash Grabs and Scams
The first thing to be on the look-out for when assessing whether a tool is worth your time and money is whether it’s just a cash-grab or a scam.
You need to be very vigilant here as the unfortunate reality is that there are a lot of these scams out there – especially online.
These scams include everything from fad diets that don’t work and that may well actually make you seriously ill, to eBooks that don’t provide any real value.
How do you spot a scam versus a genuinely beneficial product?
One particularly tell-tale sign to look out for is ‘over promising’.
In other words, you need to assess whether the promises associated with the product you are looking at are realistic or if they are overhyped.
For instance, a diet that promises you’ll lose several pounds a day is something to be extremely skeptical of as it’s likely either a huge exaggeration or very dangerous!
Likewise, pills that promise to help you gain height or increase testosterone are generally just snake oil.
Many fat burners are too!
Likewise, eBooks that make a lot of bold claims without providing any concrete examples of what you will learn should also be avoided.
Ask yourself what this text offers that others don’t. What’s the USP? And how are they justifying the price tag?
More importantly, try looking at reviews online to see what others are saying. If there’s a genuinely groundbreaking product out there then you should be able to find reviews from other users that will be raving about it and recommending it. If you can’t find such things, then reconsider your purchase.
You should also look at the science behind the product you are looking at.
Is there any research to suggest the claims are accurate?
Does the described mechanism of action make sense from an objective, logical standpoint?
Be wary of made up statistics and sponsored studies too.
If you are going to buy a weight loss supplement or anything else that could potentially cause you harm, then it’s always best to stay away from them.
Everyone is Different
But even if a product isn’t a ‘scam’, that still doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you.
The key thing to recognize here is that everyone is different.
Biologically any two people are going to react differently to some nutrients than others, are going to have different metabolisms, different types of twitch muscle fibers and different levels of hormones.
There are countless ways that people vary in terms of weight gain that we know about – and likely many, many more that we don’t.
This is something that the very best personal trainers now take on board.
It unfortunately means that there is no ‘cookie cutter’ solution to weight gain problems and that you may have to try a number of different options before happening upon what will really work for you.
Which brings us to the next point…
One unfortunate reality of weight loss is that it can be expensive. Losing weight costs you money in all kinds of little ways.
Here are just a few examples:
- Gym membership
- Gear (running clothes etc.)
- Personal training
- More expensive meals
Note that many of these expenses are directly related to the tools that you’ll be using.
Now take into consideration the fact that many of these tools won’t work to start with when you first start employing them.
As we’ve seen, different strategies work better for different people so you may want to try multiple things before settling on a program or solution that really works for you.
This means that some of your expenses are likely to essentially be money wasted – so you don’t want to pay too much for each one.
Another consideration is that when you happen on something that does work, it then has to be sustainable.
In other words, it’s not enough to use said supplement for 10 days and give up.
If this is going to be your long term solution then you’ll need to keep it up forever. Suddenly that $10 bottle of l-carnitine becomes $120 a year and $9,600 over the course of your lifetime.
Consider this when making your program.
Is it sustainable? If not, then can you use the tool to give your weight loss a head-start and then subsequently taper off of it?
These are just some of the challenges involved when it comes to weight loss tools.
Fortunately, we’ll be look in much more detail at each of them in the coming posts that you can read on this website.
Look under the “Weight Loss” category of this website to know more about losing weights.