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I've always liked to consider Livestrong.com a legitimate site. Who here DOESN'T know who Lance Armstrong is, and is unfamiliar with the distinctive yellow wristband? I think Lance's achievements, both on and off the bike, are well known around the world (and we'll avoid the discussion of steroid use for the sake of me making a point)
Imagine my horror to find a shocking and dangerous article hosted by Livestrong.com. How To Lose The Most Weight In The Shortest Amount Of Time. Since I'm sure the complaints are flying in, and the website will pull this article momentarily, let me break down their "recommended" steps to lose weight quickly.
- Take a fat burning supplement, preferably one with ephedra.
- Drink black coffee or strong green tea immediately before working out.
- Take sports supplements like whey protein.
- Drink water. A gallon daily, at least.
- Take Acai Berry to cleanse your toxins.
- Stay active, doing 30 minutes of exercise daily.
- Don't eat if you're not hungry.
- Ephedra. EPHEDRA? You mean the stuff that is linked to a high rate of side effects and DEATH? The same ephedra that the FDA banned in 2004, and upheld the ban on in 2006? Even labels that say "legal ephedra" don't actually contain ephedra in it's real form. They're synthetic or herbal. Ephedra is NOT legal in the US. Is Livestrong suggesting that I purchase my supplements online from an overseas retailer?
- Black coffee...green tea...right before a workout. Because every fitness instructor I've ever had has 32oz of black coffee beside them...oh. Wait. No. That was water. I'll be over here, NOT having a heart attack from the combination of ephedra and black coffee right before a high-intensity workout.
- I don't really have a problem with the sports supplements, if they're the healthy ones used properly.
- Okay, can we please bury this myth? Yes, water is good. Yes, drink lots. BUT, this big study that everyone quotes saying "64 oz of water is needed daily" ALSO says that we gain a large amount of this water through the food that we eat. But, no one remembers to tack on that part. Drink water, it's good for you. But there's no need to spend your day in the bathroom, either.
- ACAI BERRY? You mean, the scam that's going around the internet and health sites? The one that has NO legitimate study proving that it does ANY good at all? Yes, it has antioxidant properties. So does pomegranate and blueberries, and you don't pay $30 a bottle for them.
- Ya think? Working out can help me lose weight? You don't say!
- Oh. Really. Never heard that before. Thanks!
I want to lose weight. But I don't want the next challenge I face to involve a hospital room and a crash cart; I LIKE my heart beating on its own, thanks.
I'm SHOCKED that Lance Armstrong would even allow his name or foundation to be associated with something so irresponsible.
Cross Livestrong.com off of my checklist.