I get it, it’s great to have all the amazing content and resources at our disposal via the internet, but that could be a dangerous thing too. If we don’t use some common sense and a few general guidelines, you may get duped or worse.
When we’re talking about fitness and you hear an ad that says, “lose 20 pounds in 10 days”, does that really sound like a healthy, realistic time frame to lose weight?
No, its not – don’t get me wrong, it would be awesome if it could happen like that, but it doesn’t. I get it, we all want everything now right? But the body doesn’t work that way. Just think, did you gain those 20 pounds in 2 weeks? I doubt it, so how can you expect to lose it in less time.
I get that people love quick results, and that’s why all those quick fad diets are making millions, but when it comes to weight/fat loss, the slower the better.
If you can apply the thought that a range of 1-2 pounds of fat loss per week (except the first week; 3-5 lbs is the average) is the norm and the healthiest, then you’ll be able to filter a good chunk of the nonsense thats out there on social media, websites, magazines, etc.
Here’s just a few crazy diets and weight loss gadgets to avoid:
“On the Dr.Bernstein diet, you don’t need to exercise” – does that even sound right? We should all be exercising to get and stay healthy for so many reasons. When is weight loss ever just about losing weight? Do you want to be thin but sick with loose skin, low energy, poor sleep patterns, etc? I don’t think so.
The GM diet – this is just wrong, I don’t even know where to start. First off, day 1 of the 7 day diet you consume only fruit (except bananas). Talk about sugar overload! Where’s the protein? an essential macronutrient your body needs to survive.
Secondly, eating just fruit all day can really muck up your insulin response (even with the fibre in some fruit), constantly jumping up and down.
Its not until day 3 you get a little bit of protein from milk, but even then you’re over-consuming sugar by eating just bananas and milk (and a vegetable soup) throughout the day. Suffice it to say, steer clear of ridiculous diets that don’t follow the basic guidelines of getting your proteins, fibre-rich carbohydrates, and healthy fats in.
The Waist Trimmer – This has got to be the silliest thing I’ve read in a long while! So rather than doing the normal thing that is proven time and time again to give you results (diet and exercise), you wear an obsessively tight waist garment that pinches your tummy thin. In fact, they claim “4 inches in 30 days”. Never mind that it’s hard to breathe, bend, and eat. Oh and did I mention overtime you end up pushing your organs together towards your spine so they may not function normally? And once you stop wearing it, you’ll slowly go back to your old waist size again.
I hope reading this article puts a clearer picture in your mind of what it takes to lose weight; its not finding a magic pill or gadget. Its being consistent with diet, exercise, and getting enough rest. Please share this if you know someone who can benefit and maybe learn a thing or two.
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