Mistakes that may be responsible for your weight loss plateau

A fit figure will always be in style, but a lot of times, people want the easy way out. While trends come and go, the endless supply of infomercials and fitness fads are often meant for one purpose. And that is to slim down your wallet.From fat-burning pills to the jiggly things, here are some of the most outlandish, yet strangely popular ways people have marketed fitness.

Anything in a chair: Lots of people would want to lose weight sitting down. They're willing to slide, rock, and twist away the pounds from their waistline. The most blatant opportunistic offenders are the one that has swiveling base and is supposed to tighten your abs while you sit. Unfortunately, sitting is the antithesis of exercise. Nevertheless, the makers of these chairs are millionaires now thanks to people who didn't know any better.

Things that vibrate and jiggle: Sure, those vibrating lap belts from the 1950s seemed like an easy way to stay in shape, but that didn't stop people from making more jiggly things like the Shake Weight. This vibrating dumbbell became a media sensation on novelty value alone. Instead you can buy regular dumbbells, and time-tested exercises like curls, lifts, and presses.

Toning shoes: There are a lot of shoes on the market that promise you to sculpt everything from your butt down just by walking. They not only cost more than the shoes you're wearing now but they don't do anything different.

Electric ab belts: Who could think that using similar shock technology utilized in some physical therapy treatments were a way for people to get a six-pack. These belts shoot electrical impulses into your abs, causing your muscles to contract instantly. The hope is to have abs lean enough to scrub your shirt while you're still wearing it. Now you know why you should never go for it.

Weight loss pills and powders: The worst that it can do is cause adverse side effects, especially on the heart. Weight loss in a pill sounds too good to be true and it is. These “miracle” pills that supposedly boost metabolism often contain hydroxycitric acid, chromium picolinate, or ephedra, which either have absolutely no nutritional value.

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