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With all the diet pills and abdominal belts out there, some of us might get the idea that it’s possible to really get in shape without actually doing any work. That’s not necessarily the case.

You may have seen a few commercials advertising some fancy belt that gives you sexy, toned abs in x number of weeks, or some pill that helps you burn x amount of body fat. You might’ve noticed how they play them up to be substitutes for good, old-fashioned dieting and exercising. Unfortunately, not all of us look closely enough to see that these products are only supplemental to a proper diet and exercise regimen.

The Contour Core System, an abdominal sculpting system, promises to take inches off your stomach without requiring you to do crunches or sit-ups, but the fine print at the bottom of the screen yields a disclaimer: “Participants adhered to the complete Contour system which includes the Contour CareBelt, diet and exercise guide.” The same thing happens in this commercial for Hydroxycut, a weight loss drug, with a nearly unnoticeable disclaimer saying that results depend “on your diet and exercise program.” Technically, they do inform consumers that their products aren’t complete substitutes for actually doing the work to get in shape, but they overshadow it by hyping how easily and how much mass people POTENTIALLY lose. Typical advertising.

Know the truth before you spend your money expecting some miraculous way to get fit without doing things the old-fashioned way. Diet and exercise are the only time-tested, proven method of getting in shape; there are no substitutes, only boosters that can be done without.

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