We all want to progress faster but who's in it for the long term?
At this time of year there are a number of diets been thrown around proclaiming great revelations.
- The rapid 21-28 day weight loss transformation
- 7 Day cleanse/detox
- The winning formula
For what it's worth, most of these systems are not ideal for the general population.
Let's take the rapid transformation. In order for your body to make any significant progress in 3-4 weeks then you've got to be willing to adhere to a very strict diet and exercise regime. This can bring great results for those who are already in shape. They can also boost confidence to someone who is overweight and achieves a dramatic weight drop. But you need to be willing to stick to a tough day. Be prepared to be exhausted and grumpy as your body goes through serious changes if you've never trained hard before you will probably not enjoy this.
Whatis the function of your liver? To detox your body. So why do you need to cleanse or detox? For some it's more of a placebo effect. They are trying to reset their healthy vibes. So let's take a look at what the effects are. On a cleanse/diet they are reporting, weight loss ok. But not all weight loss is created equally.
What do you want? To lose weight? More specifically, you want to lose body fat. So you can time up and slim down. With most cleanses/detoxing programs, all your mostly losing is body fluid and muscle mass. Without going into the details of it in this post, this can cause you to regain most weight within a few weeks and reduce your BMR ( Basal Metabolic Rate)
But the best thing you can do instead of paying a fortune for a cleanse or detox is to eat nutritious rich food, try some exercise, topped off with some mediation to reset your mind. Instant money saving tip for you. The bonus is that you'll feel much better in 7 days.
Now for the winning formula. Drum roll please..........There is none. There is no diet thats going to work if you don't do the work and if you're not in it for the long haul. This game of dieting has to stop. There are factors in your lifestyle that are causing your weight gain and no magic pill is going to cure that.
Are you eating healthy? Don't be fooled by healthy food either. Understand the truth. Ensure that 80% of your diet comes from unprocessed and unrefined food. Allot of recent fads has promoted gluten free products into the weight loss world. These are more calorific. Did you notice? Did you think about it? It's ok if you're a coeliac because you have no alternative. As another example..... A wrap has the same calories as 2 slices of wholemeal bread. I find WM bread more filling. Funny how we keep with the basics.
Are you eating more calories than you expend during the day? Simple things like Calories Consumed Versus Calories Expended ...... Food V Exercise. There is no way you can put on weight if you're in a calorie deficit. So make the effort to track your calories. If you go for an exercise class or a walk, try not to eat back those calories. Stay on track. Keep a track.
Are you consistent with the way you are approaching this? Like I've hinted to from the start, if you're not in it for the long haul them you won't reach your full potential. You won't see lasting results. If you're planning to stick around in this lovely place of Earth for another few years then I suggest you take the long haul approach.
1. Eat Nutritious Food
2. Move more daily
3. Be consistent with 1 and 2.
4. Join a gym, hire a trainer or a nutritionist.
This last point is the most important. These are highly educated professionals that are seeking to help you. The problem with most of the short term solutions is that they don't educate you on how to live a healthy and conquering life. A professional will educate you and you will take that knowledge with you forever. They will tell you the truth. The won't be trying to sell you a product that promises. They will however sell you a system, specifically to you.
I am proud to follow some amazing health and fitness professionals that have influenced my education.
And yes, I too am in it for the long haul.
Thanks for reading. Louise