Why Quick Fixes Don’t Bring Real Results
We live busy lifestyles. Technology has led us to believe that we are entitled to immediate gratification. We can order food online in no time, we can search what stores have the best deals without leaving home and we can reach anyone around the world via video, text or messenger by just turning on the phone or computer. Everything is quick and easy. BUT, quick and easy doesn’t always mean good and effective.
No wonder we think there’s an immediate solution when it comes to losing those extra 10 pounds or getting a six-pack in just two short weeks. There are endless diets, pills, shakes, cleanses and unrealistic workouts that make us think we can lose the weight and be super toned in no time. However, these quick fixes often leave people feeling frustrated and defeated
I can’t tell you the number of clients I’ve had over the years that have come to me upset by the fact that their quick fix failed; whether they lost 10 pounds on a diet, but then gained back 20 pounds, or spent a bunch of money on an ab roller they saw on TV, but still don’t have the six pack they were promised. When it comes to losing weight and getting healthy, it’s important to understand why quick fixes are not the answer.
It’s Not Sustainable: It’s really hard to maintain a diet for the long term. Let’s be clear, diets that limit high fat foods (the bad kind of fat), sugar, and highly processed foods while still encouraging you to eat well-balanced meals in healthy portions are NOT what I’m discussing here. Some diets require you to deprive yourself of food while others severely restrict your calories, either way you’re going to get hungry. Even the most disciplined person can only hold out for so long. And than what happens? You start to feel the deprivation physically and cognitively. When you don’t take in enough calories you cheat your body of the energy it needs to function properly. You might feel tired, irritable and sluggish. When you’re on a diet that cuts out a lot of foods (i.e., juicing, shakes) you will most likely become bored and go overboard when you do give into your cravings.
It Takes Work: Your body is a machine. And just like any machine, it needs to be maintained properly. You have to put in the work by eating well, exercising, staying hydrated and managing stress. But this is all good work, and well worth your time and energy. You won’t get a six pack by doing 10 sit-ups a day and taking a diet pill. Sorry to disappoint. But you can get toned abs by eating well, exercising and strengthening and toning your core (as well as the rest of your body).
It’s Going to Hurt: Your body, that is. Crazy dieting and pills can really mess up your metabolism over time. In addition, they can negatively impact how your other bodily functions work. Diet pills, for example, can do some serious damage. Not to mention, having an extreme or unbalanced approach to exercise can lead to injury.
It’s a Short Cut When What You Need is a Lifestyle Change: Have you ever heard the expression, “Slow and steady wins the race?” In order to maintain long term results you need to incorporate healthy habits into your life. When we focus on our health and wellness over time, we not only begin to see results, but these results tend to stick around. Quick fixes tend to cause people to burnout, especially when they aren’t realistic.
Next time you go overboard on junk food don’t try to fix it with a quick cleanse or by cutting your calories to make up the difference. Instead, choose to eat healthier options and move your body to burn off those extra calories. If you’re already eating well and exercising you won’t need to panic out when you slip up. And if you haven’t started making healthy changes, it’s never too late!
Love yourself enough to take care of your body and treat it well ALL OF THE TIME.