Pill That Works

Utsav Agrawal
Utsav Agrawal

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Supplementation

What if I tell you there is a supplement that can increase your performance by a significant difference and might also aid in weight loss. No, here I am not talking about creatine but much more intriguing supplement -"Placebo."

In a 2014 study on weight loss, subjects were given received lifestyle education and guidance to lose weight and also randomized into groups that were either 1) given a placebo for 12 weeks and told it was a weight loss supplement, 2) given a placebo for 12 weeks and told they had a 50% chance of it being a supplement or placebo, or 3) given nothing. Across all groups, Subjects who believed more strongly in the effectiveness of supplements felt they had lost more weight, whereas there was no significant difference in weight loss. But notably, the placebo group reported low self-efficacy and more dependency on the supplement. And this is the major problem even though few ergogenic supplements ( performance enhancement ) might work, but at the same time it increases the dependency on those supplements and reduces the trust on our own capabilities. the placebo effect can be so overwhelming that it can improve/decrease your performance and results by a significant margin. Taking a supplement MAYBE helpful 1 percent in your fitness journey but if you are not aware of this fact there’s a chance taking a supplement can harm your self-efficacy by shifting control of your fitness to external factors. Meaning, a supplement looks more attractive than diet or exercise, because if you don’t believe you have the power to change, then you need something external to change you. Reference- 1.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4182347/ 2.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30782172

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