The weight loss “miracle cure” and the fitness “quick-fix”. The world is full of these promises and with new and exciting trends in the industry popping up seemingly overnight, there are no shortage of options available to consumers. These days we are constantly looking for the quickest way to get a task done and, more often than not, that is an more than effective approach. When it comes to health and fitness it is not..
Short-term often doesn’t take lifestyle into account
All of these 4-6 week challenges, Feb-fasts and crash diets can be good, and don’t get me wrong you will see some success doing them…in the short term. What they fail to take into account however is ongoing lifestyle. Anyone can be perfect for 4 weeks, but once you start reintroducing the social life, the nights out, the dinners out and all the things that make life enjoyable, often the wheels fall off. These plans are either all-in or all-out.
A short-term miracle can often lead to long-term pain
This is the rollercoaster ride that so many people find themselves on. Generally the journey for so many people looks like this:
- Really motivated to make a change
- Join a program that promises immediate results
- Commit for the plan
- Focus on it 150% for the first 4-6 weeks (and see some success)
- Lifestyle factors start creeping back in
- Cannot maintain the requirements of the program
- Motivation drops
- Results go backwards
This is the classic rollercoaster ride of fitness, and for most people it occurs twice a year. The new year, and the end of winter.
If you truly want to achieve the goals you are setting out for, it is vitally important that you understand that success lies with the understanding that you must be turning your goal into a lifestyle. This allows you to ride the ups and downs of everyday life whilst learning along the way.
- 1 bad week in a 4 week program makes a big impact.
- 1 bad week in a year? Not so much
You (and your body) do not have time to learn and adapt to changes.
Drastically cutting calories and massively over training are the 2 biggest factors at play when looking at a miracle cure/short-term fix.
Because in the short term they will get success!
In the long term? Not so much.
This is because the body simply cannot adapt and keep up with a plan like this over the long-term. Drastically cutting calories leads to big weight loss, but when the calories come back into the daily plan more often than not, so does the weight.
It is also worth noting that when there is a drastic increase in exercise there is also a higher risk of injury. This comes down to the fact that when you go from zero to hero you are simply not giving your body enough time to adapt and recover between sessions. When starting an exercise program, it is always worthwhile taking your time to ease into the program to avoid such risks.
A huge commitment to exercise in the short term will lead to weight loss because you are simply burning a lot more energy than you are consuming, but when that exercise drops off, so will the results.
How can you expect long term success when you are not putting in long term effort?
We are all aware of the importance of our health and deep down we all know that we must be healthy in order to live a great life. So why with all this knowledge do we continually look for quick fixes and miracle cures?
The key to true success always lies with the incorporation of your goals into your life and not the pausing of life to hit your goals. The sooner you embrace this, the sooner you will be off the rollercoaster and on the path to steady success. Unfortunately there is no weight loss miracle cure.
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