I agree ... we have to focus on the long term plan, start practicing now how we will be eating for the rest of our lives. That's one of the main reasons I count calories rather than focusing on other types of diets. Because it allows me to still have that piece of chocolate cake one day, that slice of pizza another, etc. It doesn't leave me with the feeling of something being off limits forever.
That being said, I think there is room for supplements or other types of things if one is realistic about them.
I began taking a *diet pill* that claimed it burned calories, was an appetite suppresant, and would give me a boost of energy. I just assumed it didn't burn any calories or help me lose weight faster.
What I do with it most times is I take it right before I work out. The increase in energy usually allows me to spend an extra half hour or so on the bike or whatever I am doing.
It does help with appetite too, but it doesn't remove temptation or replace my own willpower.
I think that is where we get into trouble, when we think that these things will be the only answer, rather than simply a tool.
There is never going to be anything that is as effective and permanent as exercise and eating less.
1:240 2:215 3:195
4:175 (out of obese category)
5: 149 (out of overweight category)
6:125! (goal weight)
Starting BMI: 48.1 Current BMI: 44.9
Restart Date: Sunday February 13 / 2010