We all want to be healthy but some of us don’t want to work for it. Turns out, we may not have too much longer thanks to an up and coming workout pill. Don’t want to wait for that to come out? Why not take a bath? Some of these non-traditional weight loss options may surprise you.
Cold Therapies for Weight loss
Also known as Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC), this method using localized chilling temperatures may seem like a far-out, sci-fi method to lose weight, but it’s here, and it has people raving. Not only does WBC help you shed pounds but it soothes irritated nerves and helps reduce symptoms associated with chronic conditions.
This method came out first in Japan in 1978 to treat things ling skin conditions and lesions, decrease pain and spasms and improve recovery time for athletes. And the reaction caused by the cold temps improves blood flow, supplies tissues with needed nutrients and oxygen, and stimulates your body’s systems to eliminate toxins. Where do we sign up?
Hot Baths for Weight loss
If you love to take baths, then this replacement workout is just what you need, and want. Soaking in the tub has touted benefits forever but can it help us lose weight, too? The truth is, it can. While we once thought that rising temperatures through sweat-induced exercise was the best way to improve health, it turns out that passive heating of the body, such as a bath, can produce these health effects, too.
Studies show that the effects of a bath were not as intense as a workout but that an hour in a hot bath did equate to a 30-minute walk and burns about 140 calories. Not only that, blood sugar response was better for the bathers than for the workout-ers. The bath also showed a higher anti-inflammatory response, meaning that your body is stronger and more able to fight off diseases and keep chronic inflammation at bay.
Workout Pill for Weight loss
While this article clearly states that this pill is being released for people unable to workout, we all know it’s the next step to a workout pill so people don’t have to workout. The drug could produce similar effects of exercise such as more endurance and weight loss, without any real exercise in sight.
The problem, of course, is that this new drug, like other pharmaceuticals, is likely to be abused if and when they do make it on the market. But the benefits of this drug, to people who truly cannot exercise, not just lazy people who crave instant satisfaction, may outweigh the risks. For instance, kids with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, who die in their teens from inactivity and muscle wasting, would no longer have to accept their short-lived fate. The potential life-saving pill could help people with acute kidney injury, side effects from cardio-bypass surgery and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and anyone bound to a wheelchair.
Ronald Evans is the director of the gene expression laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. He concludes his findings with this, “People are designed to move. But if they can’t, it’s not healthy to be sedentary. That’s why we are developing this drug. We are trying to take science out of the laboratory and bring it into the clinic in a way that can change people’s lives. If we can do that, it would be a game-changer.”
Hypnosis for Weight loss
As crazy as it sounds, hypnosis may be the way out of exercise and into good health. “Hypnosis can successfully ‘turn off’ cravings, end emotional eating, end self-sabotage, and help a person find the motivation to stay on track,” according to Holly Stokes. Stokes is a certified Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Programming author who teaches and writes about hypnosis as a way to lose weight by a reprogramming of sorts. The biggest downside is cost, as each session is $100-$250 for an hour and most insurance companies don’t cover the cost.
hCG for Weight loss
HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin and is a hormone produced in women during pregnancy. You take this hormone as part of the HCG diet but unless you are doing in through a doctor, your hCG supplements are not truly hCG. This diet does work, and you will lose weight, but it comes with a price. Not for faint of heart, hCG requires you stick to a very strict food list, that you must adhere to. Not only that but you are allowed only 500 calories a day. Yup, you read that right, 500 calories for your whole day.
Most people consume more than that in one meal alone. Not only is this diet extremely restrictive but honestly, it’s unsafe. With such little calories and next to no “fat” intake, you stand to suffer from gallstones, irregular heartbeat, and electrolyte imbalance, not to mention crabbiness and hungriness for the length of your regimen.
At the end of the day, there is no better replacement than eating right and exercising for a healthy lifestyle. But if you’d rather chill yourself or have someone hypnotize you, these plans may work just as well.