Have you ever tried a fad diet? I know I have. There are SO many of them out there, and they all promise you a miracle. Lose 10 pounds in 10 days! Lose 4 inches off your waist in a week! Detoxify! Eat this, not that!
The one thing that every fad diet has in common is that they make claims that sound too good to be true. Because they are.
That 10 pounds in 10 days was water weight. That 4 inches, is probably because you just spent that week in the bathroom. Detoxifying is a myth, and let’s be honest, cutting out foods, or even full food groups, is a recipe for failure.
Then there are the diets that say: “Lose weight without any exercise!” And the exercise plans that say: “Lose weight without having to diet!” Except there’s a caveat to each of those. When you read more about the diet, it always says “results not typical,” or “pair with exercise for even better results”. And then you look at the exercise program and it says “results not typical” or “pair with our healthy eating plan for even better results.”
Why is that? Because the results aren’t typical and using diet without exercise, or vice versa, isn’t going to get you much of anywhere.
But Mimi, surely there has to be some easy way to lose weight?! Folks, the truth is: No, there isn’t. There are a lot of ways out there that really do work. And not a one of them is easy. They ALL take effort. They ALL take commitment. They ALL take determination. They ALL require some sacrifice and they ALL require you to make changes to your lifestyle.
There is no miracle pill, diet, plan, or shake. There is just the decision to be better tomorrow than you are today. Until you are ready to make that commitment to change, you aren’t going to change.
I know that sounds harsh, but it is a hard truth that I had to face. There was no easy way to lose the weight I need to lose. There was no easy path back from diabetes. There is no shortcut to a smaller pants size. But that doesn’t mean you have to change everything all at once!
Baby steps. Start with small changes and add in a new one every few days, or even every few weeks. When you start making little changes and keep building on them, before you know it, your life will look entirely different.