I bumped into a good friend of mine the other day who said that she had found The Miracle Summer Diet!
She proceeded to tell me how she had lost 10 pounds in a few weeks on the latest diet craze.
Chuffed to bits she went into great detail about how she had done it…
Have You Ever Been on a Miracle Diet that Sounds Like This?
“I’ve been doing some research and I’ve been in contact with a diet guru. He’s told me to cut out all refined sugars, wheat, caffeine, meat, dairy, any flavours and enjoyment from my diet.
I have been told to fast for 18 hours a day and get all my food in a 6-hour window. Basically, this means that I’m on keto, except on Wednesdays and Sundays where I can eat pretty much what I want.
Essentially if it doesn’t grow from the ground and it hasn’t been blessed by a Shaman on either the winter and summer equinox, then I can’t have it.
I’ve been doing it for a few weeks and I feel amazing!!
At this point, all the warning signs came crashing down around my ears…
This is yet another miracle diet that works wonders over the first few weeks, but then reality kicks in.
She can’t go out to any social function and enjoy herself. There’s no drink involved. Any sweet treats you get offered have to be turned down and any episode of emotional eating will break all the rules.
Is this sustainable? Probably not…
Sure, it will get great results initially but they aren’t sustainable for any longer than a few weeks. So even if you do this type of diet and get in shape for a holiday, party or a wedding then the likelihood is that you will put the weight back on almost immediately after your occasion.
I know this because we have seen it so many times with people that come to Forever-Strong.
They come to us because they are tired of the yo-yo diet cycle and the negative emotions that come with it.
They have done Keto, Paleo, Atkins, California Beach, and the Cabbage Soup Diet. They have had to count points at WW or negotiated Syns at SW.
All work because they are the same thing packaged a little differently.
And even if these diets were suitable for long term use, you would have to lock yourself away in a room and live like a Buddist Monk or a Nun.
I don’t know about you but life is for the living…
And when we see people do these type of diets, what typically happens is that the individual does well during the week, but then binge eats at the weekend (if you’re a WEEKEND BINGE EATER, then you may want to read our article on it).
But yet we see so many people who keep trying these diets and they keep failing.
They are fed nonsense by the marketing company’s and convinced that they don’t have to wait for results. They can have them now and in today’s BUY NOW, PAY LATER society, we all fall for it (yes, I’ve been there).
Well, we’re here to tell you that you can get great results and you can keep them for the long term. You just have to go about it the right way.
And we have 3 top tips on how to go about it the RIGHT WAY:
Make it SIMPLE!
Don’t over complicate things and take things in moderation.
This means eating more whole foods such as meats, fish, healthy fats and of course fruits and vegetables.
It means cutting down on processed foods, fast food, and alcohol.
It means exercising regularly and being active during the day.
This all sounds very boring…but it’s the stuff that works.
Unfortunately, nobody ever got rich telling people to drink more water, spend more time outdoors doing the things you love and to get more sleep, but these are some of the most important things that you can do for long term health.
Listening to others and constantly switching from one diet to the next is a sure fire way of getting nowhere fast and ultimately maintaining your frustration and stress.
So if you’re looking to improve the way you look and feel right now ask yourself this…
Make Small Changes Over Time
The best way to make a change is to TAKE ACTION. A wise person once said that a journey of 1000 miles started with a small step, and the same applies to your long term health and fitness.
Sitting on your backside, eating junk food and wishing it to happen isn’t going to change anything.
Our advice is to pick 2-3 habits that are going to make a difference and start to work on them slowly. For example:
- Sleep – if you’re getting 5 hours a night, then aiming for 8 may be too much of a leap. Instead, aim for 6 hours for a week, then increase to 7 hours and so on, until you are where you want to be. The same can be said about:
- Water – we recommend you drink 2-3 litres of water per day, but if you’re hardly drinking any then 2 litres will not only be daunting but you will likely be running to the loo all day and night. Again this needs to be built up over time.
This is how you adopt positive healthy habits without them feeling like a chore.
Getting caught up in the minor details and looking at the long term goal will leave you feeling HELPLESS AND CONFUSED. paralysed by the amount of work required, which results in no action being taken.
But then, of course, you need to keep going! And this is where tip number 3 comes in…
Get Others to Hold You Accountable
Without a doubt, one of the biggest factors is accountability to others. Having others question whether you’ve done something or not is a good way to keep you in check.
There is something about being answerable to others that get you to take action.
In the gym, we have accountability buddies. This is where members have a buddy or 2 who checks in to see how they are getting on. We also have our community support group where people can post their challenges and frustrations and see how others overcame the same problem. This is invaluable.
And last, but certainly not least we have the coaches who are on hand to see how you’re getting on and to offer the advice should it be needed. This has proven to be invaluable to many of our members and is a large reason why we keep seeing great success, time and time again.
So if this sounds like you and you’re tired of failing and starting over again..time and time again.
Then you can use the tips above to make a long-lasting change to break yourself of the vicious cycle.
Or, if you’re like any of our AMAZING gym members, then you can get in touch and see if what we do is right for you.
If you wish to make long-lasting, sustainable change…
Leaving you looking great, feeling confident an loving yourself again and doing the things you LOVE…
then why not get in touch?