Do diet pills really work?

How much money have you wasted on fat-burning supplements? Whatever the dollar amount, I assure you that you wasted every penny. Whether it is calcium, CLA, HCA, or some pill loaded with caffeine, no supplement can help you lose inches.

Researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA looked at the latest weight-loss pill to come on the market – a combination of rhubarb, ginger, astragulus, red sage, and turmeric. Sounds exotic, doesn’t it? Well, the results were not impressive.

Twenty-four women followed a low-calorie diet and took either the supplement or a placebo for eight weeks. Both groups lost a little weight, but the placebo group lost more. Clearly, the supplement had no impact on the diet.

But you don’t have to wait around for a “real” miracle pill to come along. You can start changing your lifestyle today to lose fat and improve your health.

Here are three quick-start tips:

  1. Set aside one to two hours on the weekend to plan, shop, and prepare your meals for the week ahead. This will help you eat right and avoid junk food.
  2. Eliminate all sources of liquid calories. Drink water or unsweetened green tea.
  3. Schedule three 45-minute exercise sessions per week. Start with 20 minutes of strength training (you can even use bodyweight exercises only) and finish with 20 minutes of interval training and five minutes of stretching.

Consistency, not pills, will help you lose the weight.

[Ed. Note: Fitness expert Craig Ballantyne is the creator of the Turbulence Training for Fat Loss system. For a free online source of information, motivation, and social support to help you improve your health, lose weight, and get fit, sign up for ETR’s free natural health e-letter.]

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at

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