Monday, August 05, 2002

Supplements useless without self-discipline

By David Patania

        Question: I have tried the diet and exercise route with minimal results and would like to know what supplements could help me get results?

        Answer: A supplement of any kind is useless without disciplined eating habits, consistent exercise and a true commitment to make proper nutrition and physical activity a solid part of everyday life.

        What I hear you saying is that you want an external solution for an internal problem. You are not digging deep enough for the strength that I know you have to discipline yourself with your eating and exercise habits.

        We can go back and forth, but at the end of the day it is all about making it happen and disciplining yourself by adjusting the intensity level and/or duration of your workouts to initiate change and adjusting your eating habits.

        Know that you are not alone. Ninety-five percent of the U.S. population is looking for the same magic bullet that you are. This mentality has created a demand for supplements that will “quickly shed pounds,” “boost energy” and “increase metabolism.”

        Because of this demand, there is a huge, confusing selection of supplements to choose from and the companies that sell the stuff capitalize on people's desire to lose pounds the easy way.

        This desire is widespread — from the competitive athlete to the weekend warrior.

        The human body, regardless of genetic gifts, was designed to perform physical activity, eat nutritious foods, metabolize that food and extract nutrients in order to increase chances for survival. Survival is the key term because you must focus on foods that are best for survival and consume a few treat foods every now and then for fun.

        Figure out what is most important, make a decision and make your move. You must first master the art of eating high quality foods five-six times per day spaced every two-three hours and do it consistently in order to create changes that can be accurately measured and maintained.

        Supplements only come into play after proper, consistent eating/exercise habits are established. Then you can supply your body with extra nutrients.

        Getting the results you desire will require you to change some habits — or all your habits — in order to succeed. Consult a fitness and nutritional consultant for an effective plan of action. I know you can do it, so do it!

        E-mail certified personal trainer Dave Patania at


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