LOSE WEIGHT FAST!!!!

May 23, 2014

Just kidding. Don’t.

I was flipping through a few magazines when I was traveling to California a couple weeks ago, and ad after ad I saw nonsense like “The pill that can do it all! Lose weight quickly simply by taking this pill”. Um, how about no.

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I’ve also seen this other nonsense such as “Skinny Detox Tea”, or the best one yet “Squeems” – where you wear a corset-type thing around your waist in order to bring it in and make it smaller. Seriously? Can you even breath… doesn’t seem safe to me.

I’m not one to go on rants and tell someone what they are doing is wrong and what not, but right now, I don’t care. It drives me nuts when someone asks me about these things, if they should do it, or if I see them being promoted by people with THOUSANDS of followers on instagram.

I’ve also seen someone, with a large social media following, say that she felt a little bit bloated so what she does is wrap her stomach with PLASTIC WRAP and do cardio for TWO HOURS. What.the.hell.

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Wtf? Do you even lift, bro?

These things make me furious. There are so many people out there who are willing to do anything to lose a few pounds. But guess what? When you take these extreme measures, not only are you being completely ridiculous and possibly putting your health in jeopardy, but do you really think something like this will last?

If you take said pill, and lose a bunch of weight, what happens when you stop taking the pill and return to a normal life? You’ll gain the weight back.

If you stop taking the Detox Tea, which is a form of laxative and can easily be a type of eating disorder if it gets out of control, what happens when you stop? Not good.

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No.

If you wear the squeem for a while, what happens when you decide to actually be normal? Does your stomach go back to normal? Or do you wear it forever? I can’t answer this one. This blows my mind. 

And do you REALLY think that wrapping your freaking stomach with plastic wrap and doing cardio for two hours is the answer to get rid of your bloat? HELL NO. Do not do this.

What you must realize, is all of these crazy things being promoted by the media or people with absolutely no credentials is for quick fixes. If something happens quickly, is it likely to last forever? No.

It is imperative that you find something that you can maintain forever. It’s different for everyone – how you eat, how you exercise, how long you exercise, etc. When you start something, ask yourself – can I see myself doing this for a long time? If the answer is no, it’s probably not going to do you any good.

Think of extreme restriction diets. When people want to lose weight, they usually want to lose it fast. Everyone is impatient, I get that. It’s human nature. But it’s not realistic.

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I have a friend who started Herbalife. Now, I’m NOT trying to put this product down, but I just have to explain the reality of this. She started it and told me that she is scared of how many calories she is eating while on this “plan”. At first she wouldn’t tell me because she knew I would get mad (not a good sign), and eventually told me it was a little over a thousand. That’s starving, pretty much for anyone.

Sure, she might have lost 5 lbs in a couple days. BUT, what happens when she plateaus? Her only option to keep losing weight is to a. Cut calories even more (CRAZY), or b. increase her exercise to even longer. That’s just a setting for disaster. That is not healthy whatsoever. And when she returns to normal eating, she will gain the weight back.

Is this yo-yo dieting really worth it? To lose some weight for a short period of time, then gain it all back, and then start something like this all over again? It wouldn’t be to me.

If you’re trying to lose weight or get healthier, you need to start slowly. You MUST have patience. Nothing happens overnight, or very fast for that matter. If you don’t have patience and get trapped into one of these nonsense things, it will backfire.

I feel like people will do anything BUT eat right and exercise. When in reality, that is your best option. You do not have to go crazy and extreme, just do what you can. Try your best.

Please, be careful who you get your information from. Be careful what “quick fix” you try – it is NOT worth compromising your health.

Find balance. Make small changes. Do something that works for YOU. Be patient. Results will come.

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Have you heard of any of these things?

What do you think?

 

43 Comments
    1. YES!! I see people promoting those stomach wraps ALL THE TIME and think that maybe they are good for a special occasion, but that wrap is NOT going to make me skinny forever. Move more and eat foods that fuel your body. 🙂

    1. Amen, sister! I have never seen the ads for the things to wrap around your stomach but that’s insane. I definitely would NOT be able to breathe and would NOT be able to stuff my face (with healthy and energy producing foods) like I normally do. Wtf is right!

      1. LOL amen!!! I like oxygen, thank you. 😉

    1. Great post and great points. I think people forget that if whatever got them to lose weight isn’t sustainable than neither is the weight loss.

    1. You ain’t lyin girl! There is NO quick fix long term – body wraps are just ridic!

    1. All of this is so true. The wrap photo and your commentary made me laugh. The media puts this stuff out there because they know people will do it! I had a friend who went on one of those diet plans too where they send you food and shakes. Yeah, she lost weight but she would ALWAYS gain it back. She finally started eating healthy the normal way, and working out, and she lost weight and has kept it off! If only more people would realize this sooner!

      1. Haha right! So crazy. Good for her!!

    1. Great tips! I could NOT agree more. Being in the health and nutrition industry, along with being a writer, I get so many emails offering to let me try diet products and it couldn’t upset me more. I don’t believe in quick fix diets even though I do believe in eating and living in a way that can give you the body you want, all without having to sock away tons of money and energy to do it. Thank you for sharing this! We need more people out there advocating for this issue:)

    1. YES. Thank you.

      It’s so frustrating to see what people will put their bodies through in an attempt to lose weight. Like, all things aside, life is too freakin’ short! The thought of wrapping my stomach and surviving on dust and cardboard is horrifying…

      PS: I kind of can’t get enough of your posts lately. Love.

      1. Amen!! It’s horrifying to me, too.
        P.s. Thank you! 😀 same with yours. You’re one of my favorite blogs <3 love you girl!

      1. Thank you, Heather!! I find it’s better to be brutally honest 😉 haha

    1. Is it bad that I had to laugh out loud at the thing with the plastic wrap?? I mean seriously…..This is just beyond crazy.
      I LOVE your message girl and I am so glad you are spreading your knowledge for a healthy way to reach fitness goals. I can not BELIEVE that these quick fixes still are so popular and so many people believe in them. It makes me sad – cause I was in the axact same place and ran in circles, miserable.
      Only today since I eat right and lift heavy stuff I am getting towards a happy place with my body.

      1. Nope, I did too! I was literally so confused when I saw that. And pissed, really, because this girl had over 60k followers. Ridiculous. And I am so proud of you girl! You are killin it <3

    1. What. An. AWESOME. Post! It really is laughable how many “quick weight loss” treatments fill our magazines, our TV’s and, sadly, our minds. It seems like all society cares about is losing weight, and it doesn’t matter how it happens. I’m on the opposite side of spectrum in that I need to gain weight (I lost a dangerous amount because of medical complications) and I can’t stress enough how hard it is to gain weight in a society obsessed with losing it!

      Thanks for shedding some light on the dark side of “getting healthy.” I think it all breaks down into a lack of self-love. If we love ourselves enough, we’ll either a) accept our body if it is healthy, or b) invest enough time to our health to find a long term solution to being healthy.

      Until then, though, I’ll just shake my head at the ads and keep clapping at posts like this!

      http://caseythecollegeceliac.blogspot.com/2014/04/self-love-with-celiac.html

      1. Thank you, Casey! I completely agree with you! Love your words 🙂

    1. I’ve never heard of those stomach wrap things, but they sound terrifying! And don’t even get me started on Herbalife or any of those programs…they just piss me off. People will go to great lengths to try and lose weight, even if deep down they know it can’t be healthy! I love that you’re promoting a healthy, realistic approach – eat right and exercise, and you’ll be fine.

      1. Right? Herbalife drives me craaaazy haha same to you girl! health all the way <3

    1. love this!It is a hard message to get across sometimes but if we all keep saying it enough maybe people will finally start to belive it.

    1. This post is just AWESOME! I love your honesty and pointing out how absolutely ridiculous some of these things are, but what is truly scary is how many people buy into this and actually try it! Living and eating a healthy active lifestyle takes time, patience, hard work, and dedication, but it is 100% worth it. We just want things so fast now a days, we all need to take a step back and breathe!

      1. Thank you!!! Completely agree with you!

    1. This bugs me so much! Seeing people who do promote a healthy lifestyle choose to promote an unrealistic diet or pill is so dangerous because people will fall for it.

    1. Ugh my dance teacher has just became a Herbalife ambassador, or whatever you call it. In January, she lost 15lbs but then gained back 20lbs when she stopped drinking the shakes. Now she is back on the shakes “permanently”. She only has two solid meals a day and told me she eats about 1000 calories, while doing Insanity and teaching of course. The other day in class she was wearing two pairs of pants so she would sweat more and “lose weigh”. Just no, honey. And of course she doesn’t listen to me and just thinks I’m some sort of metabolic freak for eating a normal amount of food. Sigh.

      1. Yes, this article is talking about how ridiculous they are. Lol

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