You’ve got to love the media and all their false promises when it comes to health and fitness. All the fads, usually sponsored by a manufacturer or other. “Do this one thing”, “eat this one food/juice/smoothie”… seriously, if it’s too good to true, come on! If you haven’t got out of shape overnight, puffer fish style, how do you expect regaining your wellness instantly?
Broscience with its false promises gives a bad name to the fitness industry, the nutrition industry, and even to natural therapies. My personal pet peeve is the attention that some occasional writer, columnist or that dude down the gym get over real pro an other health nerds, just because they spoke louder. Argh… I diverse.
What about “quick fixes”, “superfoods”, and other “magic” potions? Is there not fast track to health?
Well… that depends what you mean by all these. It depends on what you want to believe. The choice is always yours to make. You can either go off yoyo dieting and/or jump from fad to fad, maybe lose a bit of weight for a while, give yourself the impression you’re “doing something” (good for mental health at least). Or you can make a lasting change. The former isn’t a healthy approach and it will eventually leave you miserable or to settle for less than you deserve.
There’s good news.
Picture 1: Google search on “lose we” brings up “lose weight fast”.
You have to reframe, quick doesn’t mean overnight.
There is a relatively quick fix, as in a most effective way to achieve lasting results. You may have to revise your timeline and expectations ratio, and take a dose of reality.
You have to reframe, quick doesn’t mean overnight. It involves being ready, decide and commit to your health, stop faffing with fads, get professional guidance and allow yourself to follow the plan!
The “quickest” fix for results that lasts is a journey of discovery, challenges and learning. It can be tough, particularly as you learn new habits, but the changes on you overall health are oh so worth it.
It takes three weeks to form a habit, and any sound health programme is based around that. It takes a couple of weeks for you to feel results, a month for you to see results and a bit more than that for others to notice. That’s what quick should mean.
Can you imagine a life in which you have the energy to keep up with young children, you are able to cope with whatever is thrown at you, you have such clear skin that you look 10 (or more) years younger, and unwanted weight just drops of you? Can you imagine what reaching that level of health would mean?
Close your eyes for a second and picture it. That’s what a sustainable health programme will bring you.
That’s why I’m all out for optimal health.
As I said in my previous post, I know what it takes to be healthy, I’ve studied various subjects that allows me to bring a holistic approach to my coaching, yet I somehow found myself in a state of less that desirable fitness. What went wrong? A few things. Essentially I stopped respecting myself with the daily tiny actions of self-care that make the difference between the “cuddly” body and the lean one.
The fastest way to return to health that I know, love and never stop sharing is my nutritionist friend Jess Dyer’s programme. Jess has invested an incredible amount of work in automating a framework for the health principles that I apply in my 1:1 coaching, with the added bonus of a virtual community. I’m an ambassador for this programme, and since last week I am starting again as a participant. Personally, my favourite thing (other than Jess’s recipes!) is the community. The support is phenomenal.
This post is for journaling my experience, not for promotion, however if you’d like to do what I’m doing, get in touch and I’ll give you special details.
Picture 2: I can’t wait to see these babies back