I agree... the gym is great for increasing fitness and muscle tone. Being fit really makes life a whole lot easier! It is a problem though if you find that you HAVE to go in order to burn off all the extra food. That was what I was doing... pigging out and working out
Certainly does put an extra strain on the body
Now when I go to the gym, I'm burning fat, and putting on muscle. Excellent
Soy protien shakes are the way to go after an excercise session. Delicious and great for the poor muscles
(The one by nature's way contains 88% protein, I have found that to be the most cost effective
) When I remember, I also take some L-Carnitine before the workout. It's an amino acid that's vital in the fat burning process, so it helps the body to burn fat during excercise. I notice that I get a lot warmer when I take it too...
Re diet pills, I'm taking ThermoSlim Plus at the moment. Sorry but I can't say whether or not it has had any effect. I've taken a just about everything available over the years, and I just don't know!
I also take Chitosan when going out for dinner. It is a marine fibre that binds fat in the digestive tract and stops it from being absorbed into the body, ie, it's a fat blocker. Great when there is no way of avoiding fatty meals! But, not to be used as an excuse to consume extra fat
I also used to take a hunger suppressant called Agel FIT. I found that to be really effective in reducing hunger, but because I eat emotionally, I found I ate regardless
Anyway, now I have changed to a low carb/high protien diet (roughly following TF), I have found my hunger, and my appetite, have reduced drastically just by this change in my eating!
Hope that helps!
Oh and I've started taking vitamin B5... my low-cost attempt to reduce excercise and stress related fat retention. I have taken some other cortisol reducing pills/capusles in the past, but they are soooo expensive! Not worth it if you're not sure that it works