There are an abundance of diets out there that claim to change your life and lead you down the path of diet enlightenment. They claim to help you lose several pounds and several inches off your waist but do they really work?
People will say they do and I’m sure the results are all there to back up these proclamations but fitness isn’t something you should get into for the sake of simply losing weight. It should be a lifestyle! Fitness is like your best friend – it will always be there when you are having a bad day or when you simply want to de-stress. Do you forget about your best friend after 30 days and expect to have a good relationship? I didn’t think so.
Fitness should be a lifestyle – it’s a commitment to yourself that you should be ready to endure if you really want to make a change in your life. The “30 day plans” will get you the results but they are mainly going to stem from changes you are going to sincerely dread. They will have you give up delicious food, time with your friends, social gatherings, etc. How long do you think you can keep that up? Once you reach your goal and lose your weight you are going revert to your old habits and lose all your results. It is always going to be much harder to commit to something you don’t like than learn to make it a lifestyle.
Now, what do I mean by lifestyle?
In my past life I used to be incredibly strict about my workouts and about my diet and it led me down a dark mental path. I isolated myself from loved ones and declined several invitations to partake in alcoholic activities, because of carbs L. I know, I know, it wasn’t really worth it.
Now, I can eat a cinnamon roll a day and not feel guilty. I occasionally drink but it’s usually my wallet that holds me back now. It’s possible to work a 9-5 and looks physically fit and enjoy life. You can have your cake and eat it! (Yum). This is all possible by learning about yourself and learning what makes you happy! A cinnamon roll a day will not keep the doctor away but it will certainly make me happy! I just simply budget my diet. For example, I know that I am going to eat a cinnamon roll therefore I automatically deduct roughly 40 grams of carbs from my diet for the day – it’s totally worth it in my eyes. I may do this with delicious cinnamon rolls or occasionally when someone from the office brings donuts.
Remember – To lose weight you will either have to eat fewer calories or do more cardio!
I can go on and on about the benefits of working out and how it improves confidence, relieves stress, reduces the risk of heart disease, etc. I can seriously go on and on about this but your biggest obstacle will always be yourself.
It’s funny that we can spend several hours binge watching a show or several more hours hanging out at the pool, playing a sport, or reading something online but when it comes to “working out” it’s met with dread. Why is that? It’s the “30 day diet” to blame. They have made millions of people suffer for several years to the point that they have created a bad image in the minds of consumers. “Working out” and “diet” now have a negative connotation attached to them. What’s the first thing that pops into your head when someone says or mentions the word “diet”? Probably nothing joyful right?
I’m not saying that I have all the answers or that reading my posts with bring you some sort of workout enlightenment but I can assure you that you will definitely learn something and feel a little more motivated. Hopefully you can use the topics that I will be discussing in the future to better your body and better your health. With that being said get your butt off that chair and get to sweating!