How much time, effort, and money have you spent on trying to lose weight? A common practice is that you try a diet, when that doesn’t work, you try another, and then another. At some point you are going to have to accept that conventional dieting is a non workable solution to long term weight loss.
Everywhere you look you will see adverts making incredible claims about their products, they want your money and they don’t care how they get it. In their adverts they will throw in words like:
Amazing, New, Fantastic, Incredible, Revolutionary, Astonishing, Astounding, Guaranteed, Breakthrough, Scientific, Extraordinary.
These words are meant to appeal to your desperation to lose weight, and sadly they often result in people handing over their money for products which are never going to work for them. Try to think of how many weight loss products you or people you know have purchased in the past that haven’t worked. I’m sure you will know what I am talking about.
You will also find that many companies offer endorsements and scientific data from so called medical professionals. These so called expert opinions are not given freely, they are paid for by the companies selling the products. Think about it, if I said to you that I would pay you ten thousand dollars just for saying my product was great, would you refuse to take my money?
People see these extraordinary claims and think “wow! This could work for me; look at all the scientific evidence”. So they hand over their cash and in a month or so they find themselves back to square one.
If you look closely you will find these words hidden away somewhere in the advertisement “results may vary”. These words are often in very small writing, in the hope that they will be missed before you buy a product. Look hard enough and you will fnd them.
This is a clever way for companies to wash their hands of any accountability. If they are so sure that they can deliver what their advertisements promise why do they need to add these words? They do it because they know that what they are selling is not going to work for the majority and if you complain they can say “it does say in the small print that results could vary”.
Be very way of companies that promise you miraculous results because weight loss doesn’t come under the realm of miracles. The fact behind weight loss is a simple one:
Burning more Calories than you Consume equals Weight Loss
There is no new method or product that will change the formula above. It has always been that way and it will always be that way, regardless of what people try to sell you.
The main problem that people have is not losing weight, but keeping the weight off. The very word ‘diet’ conjures up something of a temporary nature. You ill go on a diet with the knowledge that at some point you will come of it, this is how most diets are designed. Soon the weight comes back, and you go through the same process again and again, until you finally just give up.
Diets are a temporary answer for an ongoing problem, it’s almost impossible to lose weight permanently through traditional dieting methods. The reason why dieting will never work in the long term is because most diets are based on a large cutback in calories. If you are used to a certain lifestyle it stands to reason that any drastic change will be an unexpected shock to your body and mind. This is what makes it so difficult to stay on a diet.
If you take up running, do you think you would be capable of running marathons in a couple of months. Your body and your mind will need time to adjust to what you are doing. When it comes to losing weight people expect to see long lasting results in a short time. This is never going to happen as you are not giving yourself the time to adjust to the new methods.
If you are used to eating 4000 calories a day and you drop down to 2000 a day, what do you think will happen? You may struggle through for a week or two but your body and your mind will fight you every step of the way until you give up and go back to eating 4000 calories a day.
If however if you were to just cut your calories by 250-400 a day, it would be much easier as it won’t come as such a shock to your body. It will accept this change because it’s not too difficult. After about a month or so your body and your mind will get used to this loss of calories, and then you make another small adjustment.
If you want to lose weight successfully and for good, you need to do it in
small steps, any other way and you will eventually fail. A quick fix is never going to be the answer, simply because no matter what you see advertised, there is no quick fix. Accept this and then you will be able to lose weight without torturing yourself.
Forget all the fad diets and all the rash promises that companies make to you. You won’t get any company keeping in touch with you about your progress after you have purchased their product. You’re on your own and if it doesn’t work for you, remember they did mention somewhere that results could vary.
Deep down you and I both know that losing weight can be difficult and it is not something that you will succeed at in a matter of weeks. You didn’t get to where you are in a few weeks so accept the fact that it’s going to take you time to get to where you want to be.