Of course, if someone were to ask you that question, you would say no. You might even shout it from the rooftops that “fads don’t work, so stop following them.”
And I would agree with you, 100 percent.
But here is the thing: A lot of us say that fads don’t work, but we are using them and falling for them every time they rear their ugly head.
Well, for starters, look at the promises they make! Great health and weight loss in a matter days, weeks.
You don’t have to spend a whole year getting the results you want, just do this for a month and your life will be changed.
Sometimes, they even tell you that you don’t have to change your eating habits or physical activity. Just pop a pill, drink a shake, do this procedure, and everything will be good.
Sometimes, you are required to change your eating habits, but they make you go through extreme processes such as eliminating certain foods (carbohydrates, fruit etc)
Here are some numbers that I found in regards to fad diets and what they are truly producing in our health and fitness (Information found here):
*More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to be extremely obese.
*In 2010, 54% of adults said they were currently on a diet.
*The number of Americans who regularly consume low calorie, sugar free foods and beverages: 187 million.
*About 33% of kids between 6-19 years of age are considered to be overweight or obese.
*Fad diets are more likely to work when 150 minutes of exercise is completed every week.
*65% of people who successfully complete a fad diet will end up gaining all of their weight back that the lost.
There is so much more where that came from. To be fair, any diet will work. Anytime you limit your calorie intake for a period of time, and you replace the junk food with healthier options, you will see some sort of result in your weight loss journey.
Here is what fad diets prey on: The mentality of cheap, fast, easy. And, the longevity of their product or resource that they are offering changes as often as the trends do.
Let me cut it down to size for you, stop falling for the fads. Stop allowing them to make it confusing for you when it comes to your health and fitness journey.
I know that to say move your body and eat nourishing foods sounds trivial and that I don’t understand how hard it is, but I do. Because I was there for years doing the latest and greatest available to man until I found systems that worked for ME and for my ultimate goal: a lifetime of health.
I workout five to six days a week. Usually no more than 30-40 minutes (sometimes, I can get away with moving my body intensely for 20 minutes! Score!)
I workout mostly in my living room using a virtual gym membership (This one is my favorite.) As well as getting out and working out with friends and family. Hiking, running, dancing, walking, or a local bootcamp is a great way to stay active and feel support and be consistent and change scenery!
I have chosen to eat a more Paleo type diet (having a diet is different than being on a diet….remember that!) My philosophy really is to eat as many whole, nutrient dense foods as possible.
I drink my superfood Shake each day because, hello, I am a busy wife and mom and spend a lot of time in the car taking people places. It is BRAINLESS nutrition for me….I don’t have to think about it. It is the ultimate Mom Fuel!
Speaking of fuel, one of my kids who shall not be named, refuses to try to eat veggies. No matter how I try, he absolutely believes I am trying to poison him. Dramatic, that one is. So I have also decided to give my kids their daily serving of veggies and fruit in a shake for a snack, so that I feel a little more confident that my kid isn’t going to drop dead from refusing to eat his veggies.
My kids are active. Madi swims 4-5 days a week. Sean has a baseball game twice a week and at least one baseball practice. I make sure that I invest to get them what they need because they have growing bodies that I need to pay attention to.
All that to say, my process isn’t that complicated. Yours shouldn’t be either. You need to do research. You need to, tough love here, step away from the easy, quick, and fast aisle in the grocery store and buy as many whole foods as possible. Healthy food isn’t more expensive. You believe it is because companies have lied to you. Fad diets have lied to you. Fast food may be filling your stomach and stopping the hunger pains for the moment, but you are still deprived of nutrition. You are empty of what you actually need.
Your body doesn’t need another diet with big promises. Your body needs you to make the decision to change because your choices don’t just affect you. They affect your entire family.
Imagine you had a choice to get healthier, your very life was on the line, and these were your options:
A. Invest in your health, but it meant that you could live longer and be there for your kids and you could get better.
B. Complain that eating healthy and exercise is too expensive and too inconvenient and it would take too long, then you end up dying and leaving behind your kids.
Yeah…I went there.
Read the statistic again about how more than 1 in 20 adults were considered extremely obese. If these fad diets were so good, than that number should not be the truth.. That should not be the reality. I am so saddened by the fact that we could absolutely change this, but we choose not to because we believe the lie that fast, easy and cheap is the best way and it is not fair that it is expensive.
You want to save money? You want to put more money back in your wallet? You are tired of paying the doctors to stay ill and on medication when you want to be living whole and free?
Get healthy. Make those changes. A healthy person does not visit the doctor nearly as much as those who are chronically ill due to their unhealthy habits that can be changed due to diet and exercise. If you are on medication or sick all the time, over time, with consistency and being willing to stick with it, you will see a transformation take place.
It won’t happen as fast as those fads try to sell you, but it will happen. But you have to be willing to step up to the plate, slam those lies that are pitched at you out of the park, and run like the wind to score.
Go do it, sister friend.
Be a Size You,
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