The failure of fast fat loss

A new diet pill was approved for sale by the FDA this week. Most people who are looking for a quick solution to this never ending problem are undoubtedly celebrating, believing that their prayers have finally been answered. So, will they get what they’re looking for?

The (de) evolution of Man
The (de) evolution of Man

Most quick fix weight loss plans, medically supported or otherwise, often end in failure. In fact, the person frequently ends up in an even worse situation and gains more weight. The reason is because the bad things that caused you to pack on the pounds in the first place are still there. Those reasons don’t disappear when you take that little pill.

Here’s how it works. You take a pill or drink a shake that tastes like wallpaper paste and wait for the fat to fall off. Sure, they work. You lose weight immediately in fact. Unfortunately, most of  that weight loss comes from your wallet.

The real reason you became larger can’t be reversed with a pill.  You got bigger by eating too much of the wrong stuff, not moving enough or moving the wrong way, sleeping too little, and just not paying attention. All those reasons are still there. The pill or shake or goofy cabbage soup diet…none of those teach you how to eat properly, how much you need to eat, how to exercise properly to reach your goals, all the things that will help you get to your goals and stay there for years to come.

Most people also have unrealistic expectations of weight loss drugs. Despite the manufacturers published research findings which indicate an average weight loss of 5.8% over one year, they expect to be the exception to the rule and get a better result. That means a 220 pound person will still weigh 207 pounds a year later.

That’s an epic failure if you ask me.

13 pounds. That’s just over 1 pound per month. You could do the same thing by just burning an extra 16 calories per day.

Do this right now.

1. Stand up from your computer.
2. Walk around your house for three minutes.
3. Come back to the computer

Go ahead and do it now. I’ll wait right here.

OK, congratulations, you just burned more than 16 calories. Save your money on the pills and potions. Spend that money on a fitness center membership and professional help from a trainer (shameless plug) who can help you identify your goals, help guide you through a meaningful exercise program, and provide advice on how to make better nutrition choices.

We’ve become so determined to find the easy way to get something done that we forget it’s all about the basics.  We’ve devolved.   Get up and away from the computer.  Put down the cell phone.  Shut off the TV.  Go outside and experience life.  Go for a walk.  Just don’t walk to the drug store to buy that new pill.

One Reply to “The failure of fast fat loss”

  1. I love this! It is so true! I love your honesy John! This article gave me a big chuckle but it is so true! I speak from experience. I have tried some of those silly pills and they do not work!!! Yes – I tried that stupid cabbage soup too! Great for ahwile – but all the weight comes back! Bottom Line – Its a Life Style Change!! Good Nutrition and exercise is the only way to get the results long term! I have been on my weight loss journey now for 15 months. I have lost 67 pounds so far. Yes, there are times that I still eat that CheeseBurger or Ice Cream – but its in MODERATION. Perfect example – Ice Cream! My favorite is Baskin Robbins Mint Choc. Chip! I used to eat that like 4 times a week – 2 scoops! Now – Maybe once every 2 weeks – the kids size!! At first – I won’t lie – it was so hard!! I hated the gym! But after doing it a while and seeing results – Now – I love it!! I love the LifeStyles Gym. They are always coming up with new ideas to motivate people to workout! There are different challenges going on that make me want to go to the gym and workout!
    And John – THANK YOU!!!! I have worked with you for 10 weeks and I feel great! Thank you for pushing me at our training sessions! (if anyone is looking for a personal trainer – John is AWESOME!!!!) Happy 4th of July everyone!
    Mary

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