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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you heard of any of these things?
What do you think?