Like it or not, summer is coming.  We’ll be ditching the jackets and showing off more skin.  If you’ve been diligently exercising and eating right over the colder months, you probably have nothing to worry about.   Some of us might turning to a “quick fix,” and is there one?










As a full time trainer, I’m keenly aware of the variety of products marketed for weight loss.  My background in science also makes it simple for me to understand product claims and understand their worth, if any.  These days, lots of people in and outside of the gym ask me, “hey what do you think of this weight loss product?” and most of the time, it’s something that I know won’t work for them.

Here are some of the worst questions I’ve encountered:

What do you think of those booty toning slippers? You can see the results of an independent study here or take a look at the funny review Will  covers on that subject here.  If you want a nice booty, learn how to squat, deadlift, lunge, and otherwise build your glutes.

What do you think of (insert whatever brand) fat burner? If you’ve amassed a nice layer of coating over your abs over the winter season and think that popping a pill is going to miraculously correct months of inactivity and poor diet, think again. Certain supplements DO work, those that are properly dosed, from reputable companies, and used in conjunction with exercise programs and a sensible diet.  You can see a list of such products here.

No matter HOW you slice and dice this one, no pill will be of any use to you unless you’ve first addressed the two biggies: diet and exercise.

What do you think of the latest cleansing/detox product? Ack! Explosive bowel movements don’t sound like any fun to me. I can think of a million other better things to do with my day than being chained to the potty holding on to toilet paper for dear life.  A good session in the squat rack and eating clean is all the detox I need.

What do you think of the latest (insert fad weight loss) diet? The cookie diet, the twinkie diet, the Special K challenge, etc etc.  I’ve covered my issues with fad diets here. ANY diet will work in the short term, but success happens when you LEARN what works and figure out how to make it part of your lifestyle.  My gripe with some of the above diets is that they actually ADD more sugar into your diet (how is THAT a healthy strategy?) and they’re making money off of YOU doing so.

-Sumi Singh is a Personal Trainer in Austin, TX and an online diet coach. Her website is www.shailafitness.com




Sumi Singh is a diet coach, group fitness instructor,  personal trainer in Austin TX, and a mom.  She is an ISSA Certified Sports Nutrition Specialist, holds her personal trainer certifications from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and the International Fitness Professionals Association, holds a certification in pre-and post-natal exercise, and is a Les Mills Group Fitness Instructor. She writes for her online fitness blog at www.shailafitness.com, and is a contributing author on the BrinkZone.com.


She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Tufts University and a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University.  The strong science background gives Sumi a unique edge in being able to separate fitness fads and trends from effective approaches to fitness and nutrition.

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