By Kelly Brown
Everyone wants to be fit and healthy. We all know how to achieve said fitness (through diet and exercise), but the majority of people still fail to lose the weight and keep it off. Why? Because getting healthy sounds hard. Can’t we just take a pill instead? We don’t want to work; we want a quick fix. And a quick fix is exactly what fad diets promise. Drink only water for a week! Only eat foods that start with the letter “C”. Lose 15 pounds in one week! They sound great, but they actually end up hurting us or making us worse off!
Why Fad Diets Don’t Work
The number one reason why fad diets don’t work is because they aren’t sustainable. Most fad diets are not healthy enough for long term use. And once you go off the diet, the weight reappears… sometimes multiplied! Many fad diets either starve you for a short period of time or don’t supply you with all the nutrients and vitamins you need to live a healthy life. Without these nutrients, you won’t have any energy for exercising or enjoying life.
To really get fit and change your life, you need to make long term life changes. That sounds serious and scary. Change is hard. So it is important to start small and build from there. That is how you can make lasting changes, instead of fleeting attempts at change, which leave you feeling like a failure.
Some Tips to Get Started Without Changing Anything
Whenever you are changing a habit, it is good to start small. Don’t start going to the gym every day if you’ve never gone before. That is a recipe for burnout. Instead, start with the smallest of steps. These tips will help you lose weight without consciously changing anything. What is easier than that?
1) Write down everything you eat. This simple step brings your awareness to what you are eating and holds you accountable. It only works if you really write down EVERYTHING. Don’t lie to yourself. Next time you go for that piece of cake, you will think twice if you know you have to record it on paper. (or in your cell phone)
2) Wear a pedometer. This will, once again, bring your subconscious awareness to your daily habits. You will want to walk more when you see how much (or how little) walking you are actually doing.
There. Two easy changes that don’t require you to actually change anything at all. Do yourself a favor, and try these steps instead of the newest fad diet. The New You will thank yourself.
– Kelly Brown is a writer for the site Medical Base. She is interested in healthy living and health products.