It should come as no surprise that I'm a pretty firm believer in losing weight in a sustainable way. That is, no crazy fad diets or elixirs or powders. I lost more than 50lbs without a single cold-pressed juice fast, and I'm committed to losing the rest of the weight the same way. If you want to take fancy schmancy supplements and powders and shots and shakes, by all means, get down with your bad self, but these things aren't necessary for weight loss.
[UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT] The only magic bullets for weight loss success are discipline and consistency.
Another non-surprising fact is that my journey has had a fair amount of bumps and derailments along the way. But sticking to the plan and eating within my points (consistently!!!) is what produces results. Going to the gym on a regular basis and challenging myself in my workouts produces results. Giving up weekly Jimmy Johns (I still love you, JJ) and instead finding better ways to treat myself produces results. No magic fixes required.
I don't say any of this to shame anyone who chooses to do these things. I say it to hopefully offer advice to those who are worried they need to do those things to be successful: you don't. Weight loss on its own is intimidating enough, so know that you don't need expensive fancy supplements for success. You don't need fancy DVDs or Lululemon apparel or a costly gym membership (you do need a good sports bra, though). Most importantly, you just need to learn how to make the right decisions about nutrition and working out. Every damn day.
What's your recipe for weight loss success?