We’re all about loving your skin and your body on this site, which is why we will always be honest with you when it comes to things or supplements that work, and those that don’t work.
But, while we celebrate that the best women come in all shapes and sizes, and that what looks strong on one person may not look so on another, we also understand that there may be times in your life when you want to lose weight in order to achieve a healthier body composition.
You are not alone in this. According to Bupa Global research, 65% of people worldwide have been on at least one diet in the last five years. Looking specifically at the United Kingdom, that figure rises to nearly two-thirds.
The good news is that we’re here to help you along the way and ensure you approach any weight loss in a balanced and healthy manner.
That means no unsustainable quick fixes, like weight loss sprays, which appear to be causing quite a stir on social media.
Because, simply put, They. Do. Not. Work.
Continue reading to find out why.
WHAT ARE WEIGHT LOSS SPRAYS?
A weight loss spray is essentially a mouth spray that contains active ingredients that are thought to aid in weight loss. Squirting them into the mouth allows these ingredients to be quickly absorbed by the thousands of capillaries (tiny blood vessels) that lie just beneath the skin’s surface. And why would that be beneficial? Because they avoid the acidic and hostile environment of your stomach and do not require metabolization by the liver. It is believed that this makes them more effective and efficient at assisting you in losing excess weight.
Fat Burning Sprays are also often used in conjunction with other weight loss methods such as dieting or exercise. The active ingredients found in most weight loss products are primarily ephedrine, synephrine and caffeine. These are generally natural substances that have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese herbal medicine and western-style over-the-counter medicines.
Their use is not limited to weight loss applications, however; they can also be found in other types of medications like asthma inhalers, cold preparations, muscle relaxants and heart medication. We didn’t do a study on any of these products, but we did find that many of the weight loss supplements contain ephedrine, caffeine and synephrine in varying amounts.
The idea is that one will help reduce your appetite while the other may speed up metabolism and help burn more calories. Some also claim to provide energy, pain relief, improved moods and more as well. In general they are considered safe for use; however, we always recommend consulting with your doctor before trying them.
HOW DO WEIGHT LOSS SPRAYS WORK?
They are thought to deliver active slimming ingredients directly to your body, as previously stated. We know what you’re thinking: what exactly are these weight-loss miracles?
Consider tamarind, which is thought to suppress appetite; caffeine, which is thought to increase metabolism; and green tea, which is thought to help reduce belly fat.
Take note of the key word in the previous sentence: believed.
“Although there is research into the effectiveness of sprays as a method of administering medicine,” says Dr Aria, Behaviour Change Psychologist and Creator of the F.I.T. Method, “there is an absence of substantiated evidence to support whether they really work.” There have also been no studies to determine the long-term risks associated with using weight loss sprays.”
WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER TRY WEIGHT LOSS SPRAYS
Over to Dr. Aria.
“I would classify weight loss sprays as a passing fad.” They claim to have the solution to weight loss and weight maintenance, but it is such claims that fuel the diet industry. According to surveys, roughly two-thirds of people who diet end up regaining the weight they lost – and more. Furthermore, the psychological impact of using weight loss sprays is rarely discussed. They send the subconscious message that you can’t lose weight on your own and that you need such a device to make changes, which can have a negative impact on self-esteem and confidence in the long run. This, in turn, can have ramifications in all aspects of your life, from relationships to your career.”
Another reason why fat loss sprays are not a good option is because they don’t address the root cause of weight problems. Sprays are a quick fix solution that rely on highly processed and chemical substances, like caffeine and ephedra, that can be harmful to your health.”I would classify weight loss sprays as a passing fad.” They claim to have the solution to weight loss and weight maintenance, but it is such claims that fuel the diet industry.
HOW CAN I LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT WEIGHT LOSS SPRAYS?
First, read the WH guide on how to lose weight effectively, and then try these hacks for combating hunger pangs recommended by a psychologist, nutritionist, and physical therapist. Don’t tell me we never spoil you.
And, because it pays to be prepared when it comes to losing weight well (and without the use of weight loss sprays), here are Dr Aria’s top three tips:
1. Shift your mindset
“Instead of looking for quick fixes, recognize that diets and weight loss sprays are not the answer; in fact, they are the opposite and will hold you back from reaching your weight loss goal, as well as risking making you gain more weight in the long run.”
2. Start very small
“Start with adding a five-minute walk into your routine, or making one meal of the day healthier, or even simply doing 15 star jumps. If you struggle to maintain that change, go smaller. The simpler the behavior, the easier it will be to create the habit.”
3. Enjoy you what you love
“Life is too short to deprive yourself, and omitting certain foods will only make you crave – and eat – them more. Instead, focus on enjoying everything in moderation.”