Hungering for a Quick Fix
By Taylor Lee, DPT
Low-carb. High protein. Juice cleanses. The Eskimo Diet. The Grapefruit Diet.
When did we become a culture of such unhealthy extremes?
Losing weight can be a scary and discouraging proposition, especially if it has been preceded by past failures. It also takes a while to see real results, which is why so many of these fad diet trends offering extreme weight loss are so alluring. Quick fixes sell; we are an entire industry of people craving a magic bullet that ultimately offers no real solution.
This is compounded by huge numbers of social media personalities dubbing themselves “health coaches” and touting the benefits of this product or that service. In most cases, these personalities are not knowledgeable health professionals and they are leading you to one-size-fits-all solutions that help themselves more than they do you.
In the end, there is no one diet that works perfectly for everyone. Cookie cutter methods and diets that promise results to any and everyone are the perfect example of the intersection of marketing and need. Everyone possesses unique physiologies, lifestyle needs, physical and medical histories, activity levels, et cetera. Due to this, we will not respond in the same way to the same plan.
The sad fact is: there is no one-size-fits-all trick to losing weight.
The solution, fortunately, is right in front of us, and it’s surprisingly not at all complicated. To shed pounds and get healthy, simplify. Eat clean, eat fresh, and eat balanced, along with maintaining an active lifestyle on a consistent basis. Results won’t happen overnight, but they will happen!
You might be wondering what, exactly, eating “clean” is. I mean—we all wash our fruit and veggies before we eat them, right? Basically, eating clean is avoiding processed and refined foods and instead, basing your diet on whole foods. We’ll talk more about this later, but stick to the outer perimeter of the supermarket when you shop and you’ll naturally be gravitating toward whole foods.
Let’s stop rewarding our hunger for the next new thing with fads that don’t work and are often injurious to our health and metabolism. Let’s start, instead, taking a step back and treating our bodies as they’re meant to be treated—with clean, fresh food, movement, and plenty of good sleep. The rewards will follow.