As the New Year’s resolutions fade away from the gym, I am still seeing so many challenges going around. When I say challenges I mean, 21-day challenge, 30-day challenge, cleanse challenge and while they all are really beneficial, they still do not promote a healthy lifestyle. Magazines and social media is flooded with pills, drinks or “diets” that will help you “lose 10 pounds in 1 week!” I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no magic pill or drink that will make you skinny. As much as we want there to be, there just isn’t. If you pay attention to the bottle of any weight loss pill, in the fine print it will always say “With proper diet and exercise.” The reason this is on there is to get in your head that the only way it will work is if you eat right and exercise regularly. So, the pill works, right? Really?? No, the key factor in that statement was proper diet and exercise!! NOT the pill. All you really need is to eat healthy and exercise regularly and the weight will start to come off. Simple enough right? Unfortunately, we all want it to lose weight, like, yesterday. But the truth is, just like anything else, you have to work hard at it to get the results you want and work even harder to keep them.
Now let’s talk about the 21-day challenge, Mediterranean diet, Whole 30, Keto or Paleo style of eating, whatever it may be just doesn’t work long term. Yes, they may help you shed a few pounds for the time being but what happens when you are done? Are you going to go back to your old ways? The same old ways that got you there in the first place? What exactly did you learn for those “diets?” Probably not a whole lot. Eating healthy isn’t temporary, it’s a lifestyle change. I am not bashing on any of the diets, I am simply saying that losing weight is a marathon, not a sprint.
You cannot just drop the weight and expect it to stay off while keeping your old habits. It won’t work. What also won’t work, is losing 10 pounds in 1 week. It just isn’t healthy at all. Healthy weight loss is around 1 pound per week. This is considered healthy because you are not drastically depleting yourself of vitamins and minerals and fuel your body needs to survive. “But I take fish oil, multivitamins, and B12” and whatever else may be thought to fill in the gaps. If you are not getting the proper nutrition, those vitamins are not going to work the way you hoped they would. I know it’s extremely hard when every other magazine or article you see says, “Take this pill and lose weight instantly!” or “This new diet will make you lose 30 pounds in 1 month, guaranteed!” And they slap a picture of someone who probably worked really hard for that body and took a lot longer than 30 days or it’s photo-shopped. People literally sell their transformation pictures to weight loss companies. How do I know this? Because I worked with a trainer that made a lot of money selling his transformation pictures and not once did he take a shortcut or use their products or methods. He worked extremely hard to eat healthy and exercise regularly and works even harder to keep it off.
My point of this post was not to sit here and bash any diet plan because I know they can do good for some individuals but to help you realize that it’s not about trying to lose weight in the shortest amount of time. It’s about being consistent with feeding your body with lean protein, fresh fruit & vegetables and healthy carbs day in and day out. Now, if the Paleo diet, Mediterranean diet or whole 30 works for you, DON’T STOP! Keep it up. Don’t just do it until you are happy with your weight and go back to doing what you were doing before, keep going with it. Just make sure you are not depriving your body from any vital nutrients.
If you are really serious about losing weight or trying to be healthier, make sure you are consistent. You don’t see professional athletes take any shortcuts to being great. Whatever you are doing, if its working, keep going, just don’t ever starve yourself of deprive yourself of any whole foods because of what you saw in a magazine.
Live happy and healthy!!