The “new” Fat Fighter?!!

Scanning through a freebie “fitness magazine” (they have the same name as my bootcamp so sent it free with a view to me advertising in it!) there was a page long advert for yet another miracle “fat loss” pill.

On further reading it sounds similar to that massively successful “Alli” pill which came on the market, and has dissapeared equally as fast!

However, there was an exert from it, and a heading which I just had to comment on!

Here it is;

“Have you ever wondered why sea animals never get fat? Now this new revolutionary slimming substance has finally been discovered and developed into a remarkable diet pill.”

Prof. Sandrine Gautier PhD. (expert in polymer science) dedicated several years’ research to come up with a high powered and patented diet pill with no side effects. Now she has discovered the special ingredient millions of women and men have always dreamed of: Xipisan. The idea is as brilliant as it is simple. Have you ever seen an overweight fish? Or an oyster with a few pounds too many? Everyone knows that sea animals never get fat. That’s because their bodies contain Xipisan- extract from Aspergillus Niger which is now available as a diet-pill at your pharmacy for everybody who wants to lose unwanted fat.

– Errrr NO! I’ll tell you why sea animals never get “fat” – because (1) rarely do they stop moving, a still fish tends to be a dead fish! (2) Because they don’t eat crap! They don’t have take-a-ways, they don’t have alcohol, they don’t have biscuits and crisps – they eat what they are supposed to! That’s why they aren’t fat you foolish woman!!

And at the bottom;

Victoria Keane (45) housewife: “7 weeks ago I weighed 12st 8lb (size 18) now I am down to just 9st 4lb (size 12)! During this time I didn’t change my eating habits at all: the pounds must have disappeared due to the new slimming capsule.”

– Rubbish – this pill will not have had that much effect in such a little time without any changes to your diet. She was probably given nutritional advice along with the pill, and I guarantee the nutrition advice would have been what caused the weight loss, as drastic as that was!

Everyone is always looking for a pill or a quick fix as the answer.
How bought making some changes that will enhance you’re health at the same time?
– Remove alcohol in the week?
– Only have a takeaway once a month?
– Remove sugar from your diet for 2 weeks?
– Stop eating high amounts of Saturated fat in the first place?!

You didn’t get fat because you were missing the “magic pill” you got fat because you didn’t move enough and ate too much of the wrong foods!
Make some changes and stick to them!
Clean up you’re diet, and you’ll clean up your life!


Well, they’ve arrived!



Well, following my post on 7th April, and keeping ahead of the game, these Fat Loss pills have hit the UK, with no need for prescription, as I saw when walking past Boots today, and seeing a big poster in the window. (I’m not gonna name them, and give them further marketing)

I can just see the visit’s to the doctors becoming more and more frequent, leaving those that need GP’s advice and treatment, being pushed to the back of the queue.

The power of marketing…….

These pills do nothing  for your health, it doesn’t even look like they do anything for the fat already in you’re body – so really pretty pointless.

Do tell me if you feel otherwise, but yet again it’s something brought out to give people an “easy option” when trying to lose weight.

Face it, the only way to lose weight, and get fit at the same time is through sensible nutrition and exercise.

Don’t look for the easy option. Work hard, put in the effort, and you will have results to be proud of and talk about.

Fat Binding tablets

On a forum I was looking at the other day, posters were discussing the benefits, and questions over fat-binding pills. Nobody was getting great results, just a few extra pounds here and there, but still the questions and interest kept coming!

After about 15 replies to the post, I had to interject, with my favourite line of, “If 1 pill worked, everyone would be taking it, and nobody would be obese!”
To which I got the reply, “It does work, it works, by binding to the fat you eat in your diet, and not allowing about 30% to be digested. You then excrete this fat, and so you don’t store fat”

At this stage, I was shaking my head, and my fingers just couldn’t type fast enough to get my reply in!

“Eating fat, does NOT make you FAT! Excess calories make you fat, be it carbohydrates, protein, fat, whatever! Plus if you’re eating excessive amounts of saturated fat, why not just cut back on the fat you’re eating, instead of almost eating what you like and then taking a “Fat binding pill”
Plus, what about the fat already in you’re body, it’s doing nothing for that?!!”

They just couldn’t get it!

When I looked at the ingredients, one was talc (yep talcum powder!) and the other was a laxative. OK, maybe we’re now getting to where any weightloss may come from! Plus, posters were saying that if you eat something with a reasonably high level of fat while on the pills, you will get an oily, orange seepage from your skin…….how nice!


These pills are crap! Full stop!

Be accountable to yourself, don’t look for “easy options” or magical cures – they just aren’t there.
Pay attention to what you eat.
Think about what you eat. – “Will this danish pastry get me closer to my goals or further away?”
Eat a balanced diet, minimising man-made or processed food, with the majority of your diet coming from natural foods, and drink lots of water.
Combine this with exercise and you will have a lean body, a steady supply of energy, and hopefully won’t have any oily seepage!!

Get Sensible – Get Real!