It’s that time of year. When we start seeing all the ads and commercials from companies promising to make you newer, thiner, better.
Please, please, please don’t fall for that shit. This is a billion dollar industry making money off your insecurities and weaknesses. The supplements/shakes/programs are expensive. And they’re not sustainable for the long haul. And life is a long haul. One that shouldn’t be spent feeling deprived, starving, unhappy, or made to feel like a failure because you can’t stick with liquid meals and detox teas 10x/day.
I know, it seems like a “quick” way to lose fat, and who wouldn’t like to lose some fat. To make changes to your body. To feel better about yourself. To improve your health and have greater energy. To have your clothes fit better. But I can assure you, these New Year/New You tactics aren’t the way to go. Dieting and restricting your calories too much and for too long can cause you some serious metabolic damage. And if you’re hormonally imbalanced, can actually cause you to gain weight instead of lose weight.
The main thing these programs/diets completely neglect is that making changes to your body needs to include many factors, not just the fitness and nutrition pieces.
Speaking of pieces. Let’s look at your health as though it’s a puzzle. Not sure about you, but when I put together a new puzzle, I like to start with the edge pieces. Creating a border or frame to work within. Once the border is complete, you can fill in with the inner pieces.
What do I consider the “border pieces” of your health?
Reducing stress. Good sleep.
Take one thing at a time and master it. Even if it takes a few weeks. When you’ve got a good grasp on one piece, move on to the next. The rest of your pieces should focus on the following:
Eat as much “real” food as possible. Walk everyday. Lift weights a few days per week.
If you want to make changes that are sustainable and healthy, you need to be in it for the long haul. Consistent. Patient. Realllllyyyyyy patient. Willing to put in the work. Every day.
Quick fixes are temporary at best. And you are too smart to fall for that B.S.