Myth of the Miracle Pill

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We all want a magical pill that we can help us instantly lose all of our excess body fat. Basically, we want a simple solution that will miraculously change our physiology without actually having to expend anymore energy then we are already expending. As in not getting off the couch, taking a pill and miraculously losing weight. Who as time to get active? Hate to break it to you folks, but that might have just been debunked!


The Miracle Drug Science

Recent research published in British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology points to the fact that these so called “miracle drugs” aren’t really doing you much good. In essence, the weight you are losing is all water weight and therefore will result in a weight rebound because you really didn’t lose any significant fat. The study found that only real weight change (actual fat oxidation) levels off at about 200—300 grams per week or a little more than 2.20 pounds.

So basically, you can only lose about 2.2 pounds a month of FAT no matter what miracle drugs you take. Juan Del Coso, a researcher at Camilo José Cela University and a lead author of the study explained, “This means the weight changes we experience when we start exercising are not based on fat loss, but mainly on fluid loss. This is why the majority of ‘miracle’ diets and slimming programmes produce a ‘rebound’ effect due to the recovery of the lost fluid.” Not only that, but he went on to say, “That should be the aim: to lose a kilo per month, but a kilo of fat. It’s less attention-catching than miracle diet slogans, but scientifically speaking, effective change would be at that rate.”


So What Does This Mean?

Well, this means that it’s time to drop the ideas that we can take a simple pill and lose a bunch of weight and keep it off. Yes, these pills can help you lose fluid weight very quickly, in the long run you end up gaining it back and your psyche will probably suffer as well. So we need to do it the right way. We need to aim to lose a few pounds of fat a month. We need a sustainable approach to reach these goals.

But really, we just need a mindset change. Instead of thinking that you will lose 15 pounds in 3 weeks, be happy with the small victories that will add up to great results. It’s time to stop doing things the easy way considering the easy way got you to where you are. It’s time to shoot for losing 1-2 pounds of fat monthly and keeping it off forever. That’s the real goal: lose weight and keep it off for good. So would you rather lose 7lbs of water in a week and gain it back 2 weeks later or lose 2 pounds in a month and keep it off forever?



We all want to get fit, be healthy, and look good, but there is no point in significantly harming our mentality and physiology just to drop 5 pounds of water in a few days… It’s like a horror movie, it will just keep coming back time and time again. Get your mindset and goals right and your health will follow suit!


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Magnesium Magic



“You really need to start taking 400 mg of Magnesium twice a day.”  Those were the very stern words of my neurologist, probably tired of hearing me griping yet again about the endless migraines despite the countless medications I am on.  I’ve done everything he’s asked me to, except the Magnesium.  I’m not even really sure why I resisted it, I just did.  The thought of taking yet ANOTHER something just annoyed the hell out of me, and I just tried to ignore his suggestion.  He was less than pleased when we once again came back to the same conversation.


HIM:  “Why have you not tried it?”

ME:  “I don’t know. I guess I just don’t want to take anything else.  I just want them to stop.”


Yes, I’m certain my neurologist thinks I’m a royal pain.  Fine, whatever, I’ll start taking it.


Of course, I immediately took it to Dr. Facebook and was met with countless comments from ladies who have started taking it and have nothing but positive things to say about it. Their comments also talked about things I hadn’t even mentioned that I’m dealing with:  leg cramps, perimenopause, focus, energy, a host of other things.   The very first question I had is:  what the heck IS Magnesium?  (Hey, it’s been well over 30 years since I took chemistry.  Cut me some slack!)



Magnesium is a mineral that’s crucial to the body’s function. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady.  (From WebMD)


Why do people take magnesium?


Experts say that many people in the U.S. aren’t eating enough foods with magnesium. Adults who consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium are more likely to have elevated inflammation markers. Inflammation, in turn, has been associated with major health conditions such as heart diseasediabetes, and certain cancers. Also, low magnesium appears to be a risk factor for osteoporosis. There’s some evidence that eating foods high in magnesium and other minerals can help prevent high blood pressure in people with prehypertension.


Ok, that’s great, but what about my migraines?  Here’s the scoop from the NY Headache Center, published on the US Library of Medicine:


Role of magnesium in the pathogenesis and treatment of migraines:
The importance of magnesium in the pathogenesis of migraine headaches is clearly established by a large number of clinical and experimental studies. However, the precise role of various effects of low magnesium levels in the development of migraines remains to be discovered. Magnesium concentration has an effect on serotonin receptors, nitric oxide synthesis and release, NMDA receptors, and a variety of other migraine related receptors and neurotransmitters. The available evidence suggests that up to 50% of patients during an acute migraine attack have lowered levels of ionized magnesium. Infusion of magnesium results in a rapid and sustained relief of an acute migraine in such patients. Two double-blind studies suggest that chronic oral magnesium supplementation may also reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. Because of an excellent safety profile and low cost and despite the lack of definitive studies, we feel that a trial of oral magnesium supplementation can be recommended to a majority of migraine sufferers. Refractory patients can sometimes benefit from intravenous infusions of magnesium sulfate.”

Do a quick Google search, and you’ll find a gazillion enthusiasts raving about the positive and miraculous magical ways that Magnesium can heal your body.  At first I went into my usual anti-new-age-y stance, but then I realized that I was being ridiculous because 1) with that many people raving about it, there has got to be something to it and 2) I STILL HAVE MIGRAINES.  Even with medication.  Maybe it’s time I try something more homeopathic?  Eh?


So, dear readers, I’m about to embark on a magical Magnesium journey and I really, really hope that it helps with my migraines.


Have YOU had a positive experience with it?  Has it helped you with migraines or any other medical condition?  I’d love to hear about it.  Please leave your comments below!    


Hopefully I’ll check in next month with fewer migraines and a Magnesium pep in my step.  🙂


Taunia is a professional musician and music educator.  She performs regulary with several area big bands and teaches middle school music in the Los Angeles area.  She had RNY Gastric Bypass surgery on 3/25/2008 and has maintained a 150 lbs loss.  She uses Wellesse liquid vitamins and supplements as part of her daily post-bariatric nutritional routine to maintain her new healthy life.  For more information about Taunia, her weight loss, and her music, please visit:


Energize Naturally



How many times have you thought to yourself that you are more tired lately than you used to be? Or you simply don’t have the energy to do the things you love? Or things would be so much easier if you weren’t tired all of the time?


While this does accompany aging, have you ever noticed that you seemed to have more energy back when you were more active, maybe it was due to being active all the time? There are many natural ways to energize from foods and exercise. Instead of drinking 3 pots of coffee before 9 a.m. let’s discuss some more natural  and healthy ways to stay energized throughout the day.


Energize with Morning Workouts


You may not like the idea of waking up 45 minutes earlier in order to workout before beginning your day, but it can help power you throughout the entire day. Taking 45-60 minutes extra to get in a quick workout will get your blood flowing, wakes you up faster than coffee ever would, and gets your endorphins flowing which can help make you feel happier, have a greater sense of well being, and be more energized after the workout is over (exercise in general is a great way to increase your energy levels). This can equate to a day full of energy and determination!


Eat for Energy: Top 5 Foods to Keep You Energized


1. Eggs –Eggs are an incredible source of protein and vitamins including B-vitamins and vitamin D. Vitamin D can help to keep your immune system running smoothly while B-vitamins help convert food into energy; instant energy. Grab some eggs and basically grab some energy!


2. Sweet potato – As with all good carbohydrates, sweet potatoes are loaded with energy. Carbohydrates help to fuel the body by providing glucose which energizes the brain, central nervous system, and bunch of other functions (there are GOOD carbs out there). The high load of vitamin A and C in sweet potatoes will help you stave off fatigue any time of the day. This makes sweet potatoes (think sweet potato fries) a perfect snack for energy.


3. Honey – This may be the first food that comes to mind if you want to get an energy rush. Honey is basically nature’s energy drink. Feeling sluggish, grab a spoon full of honey! Honey can help to refuel and replenish muscles during and after a workout. It does this by acting as a time released sweetener.


4. Bananas – You have got to love bananas they are full of natural sugars, which can provide us with a boost of energy. Not only are they full of fructose, sucrose, and glucose, they also have a high fiber content which can equate to a sustained energy boost.


5. Apples – Like the banana mentioned above, apples are also full of glucose. They are also full of antioxidants, fiber, and a ton of vitamins. This means that apples provide a convenient energy boost in a small package. Plus their high fiber content means that they provide us with a longer pick-me-up as well!


Just missed the list: spinach, beans, almonds, yogurt, and salmon, so keep these all in mind too!



There are many natural ways to energize yourself instead of reaching for a sugar laden cup of coffee. From exercising to natural foods, there is always a more natural way to stay energized and kick that sluggish feeling!


SEE ALSO:  Are Carbs Really That Bad? Nope. and Healthy Energy – Who May Benefit from a B-Complex Supplement?


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