January must be very close, because the push for weight loss products is everywhere. “20 pounds in 20 days!” “Drop 30 pounds with just 5 minutes a day!” “Weight Loss Made Easy, Drop as much as you want in just 30 days!” “We can help you lose that fat belly and cellulite in just 3 minutes a day!” I could go on and on, but you get the gist.
I want to ask a question. How many of you have been to a restaurant with bad service or a store with bad service and swore you’d never return? My hunch is that you’ve stuck to your guns and not returned, why? Because it was a bad experience and you didn’t get your money’s worth, right? That’s what I don’t understand about the success of the dieting industry. Year after year, millions of people diet…again, and the result is the same, quick weight loss, short-term success. Failure is imminent yet people go back year after year expecting something different. Quick weight loss and fad diets continue to sell in the billions of dollars a year, I don’t like it. Quite honestly, the fact that playing to people’s desperation creates the success of the dieting world, well, I like it even less.
Someone asked me the other day about writing a column and offering something new and innovative for weight loss and I had to be honest, “There is nothing new, only the way it’s communicated can be new. Moving more and eating less and eating healthier is the ONLY route to permanent weight loss, There is NOTHING new.”
It’s unfortunate that sometimes that answer isn’t good enough. I don’t care how many new diets are introduced there is NOTHING new and amazing in the world of weight loss. Sure, each year diet company’s may change their packaging or the name of their program to make it sound new and innovative, but no matter how it’s packaged or sold, the result is the same, false promises, real failure.
What can I do to prevent you from being a repeat customer for the diet industry? You KNOW diets don’t work, you KNOW there is no truth to 2o pounds in 20 days (without taking something that puts your health at risk) and there is NO truth to getting a healthy body in just 3 minutes a day, none of it is true.
What is true is regular exercise and healthy nutrition habits are key to weight loss, no more, no less. One has to be willing to make changes to create change. But if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you will continue to get what you’ve always gotten. So dare to be different January 1st. You want to make a REAL resolution? Resolve to stop dieting and slowly, gradually, realistically, change your lifestyle. Move more, eat less and opt for healthier choices and that will make weight loss happen once and for all. Nothing new, just the facts.
By Nicki On November 28, 2009 1 Comment
I hope you all had a great, great Thanksgiving. I had a great Thanksgiving, mostly because 3 of my 4 children were home, it’s the greatest.
As the food preparation ensued for the Thanksgiving feast, I heard people say, “Well, better eat all I can today, because Thanksgiving only comes along once a year!” Hearing that more than once got me to thinking. Given the obesity issues in our country, it seems that Thanksgiving is no longer a once a year occurrence but an every day one. How so? Well, people regularly eat large portions, high calorie, high sodium foods that aren’t necessarily healthy, but sure taste good. There actually was a time, where food in abundance (as on Thanksgiving) was truly an annual event. Unfortunately, in our fast-food world, the abundance of food is not only a common occurrence, it’s certainly isn’t met with appreciation rather a right.
Perhaps that’s the reason obesity is so prevalent, food is not appreciated or met with gratitude but simply expected- in mass quantities. It’s all about pleasing the palette vs. strengthening the body and giving the body what it needs. If you look back on history, the first Thanksgiving was all about the gratitude of the food that was available. Today, we take food for granted and eat without thinking about it, and shovel away.
I believe if we thought more about the ceremony and meaning of Thanksgiving vs. viewing it as an opportunity to pig out, we might look at the food we eat differently. Imagine, getting back to basics with food, only eating what can be hunted, caught, gathered from the ground or plucked from a tree or vine. If we had to “work” for food vs. drive-thru, our attitudes and selections might be different.
Unfortunately, it seems that for many, Thanksgiving is more about how much a human can consume in a day vs. the gratitude and appreciation for actually having food to eat. Not to be a killjoy, but rather than making the holidays about food, try to make it more about the reason for the celebration. Going through the holidays with the mindset of eating with appreciation vs. pigging out because it’s the holidays, may just save you from having to once again, use January 1st as your day of redemption.
By Nicki On November 1, 2009 No Comments
This past week my daughter called me from college in a panic, “My roommate has Swine Flu! What am I going to do? Should I scrub down my entire room?” I reminded her that her best defense against getting the flu is common sense which includes, getting plenty of rest (yeah right, she’s a freshman in college), washing hands before eating, rubbing eyes or nose and eat well. I reminded her that every desk she sits in, every bit of change she gets after paying for her meals, every button she pushes to get to her dorm room has been touched by someone else. So, you can put yourself in a bubble OR you can get back to basics.
Of course this got me to thinking about weight loss. How many of you have obsessed about losing weight? So much so that you eliminate 80% of the food you normally eat. One of the most common reasons people gain weight back is due to initial, obsessive weight loss efforts. Your best defense against gaining weight or struggling with weight loss? Getting back to basics. Eat regularly(being mindful of portions), include plenty of veggies and fruit, lean protein and whole grains, exercise regularly (not obsessively) and drink plenty of water.
By Nicki On October 29, 2009 1 Comment
People have spent so much time focusing on weight loss,
By Nicki On September 27, 2009 No Comments
I was recently having an email conversation with a reader.
By Nicki On September 20, 2009 3 Comments
I don’t know about you, but my hunch is that you know someone that would risk the reputation of someone else so they could make themselves look better. It has never been more apparent than on the recent
By Nicki On September 13, 2009 1 Comment
In my 25 plus years in the fitness industry, the most common comment I hear from clients that seek me out for weight loss guidance is, “Well, I did ‘such and such’ diet and that really worked for me. I lost 50 pounds.” But in truth, the diet DIDN’T work, because if it did, the client wouldn’t be seeking me out to lose weight, right?
Let me ask you a question. If someone told you that they had the secret help you lose all the weight you wanted, would you be interested? Now, what if they provided
By Nicki On August 18, 2009 2 Comments
It’s been said that unless
By Nicki On August 11, 2009 5 Comments
I love my clients. They are great about bringing articles to me about weight loss, exercise, etc. that I may have missed. This past week, a client brought in Time Magazine. There was an interesting article written by John Cloud, Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin. While there were many interesting points, as a fitness professional, I thought there were some points missing that I wanted to comment on.
The gist of the article is that perhaps exercise for weight loss is overrated. According to Cloud, gym memberships may be a waste of money and trainers often put members through unnecessary workouts. There is also some science that backs up the desire for higher calorie foods post workout thus increasing caloric intake and making exercise questionable as a sound weight loss method.