Our lifestyles are now becoming busier than ever. We live in a world where we expect results instantly, with the promise of quick-fixes and crash diets sometimes too hard to resist. But is faster always better?
In a sneak peek of our latest fitness guide, Functional Fitness with Alex Beattie, Alex gives his opinion on quick fixes…
Ditch the quick-fix mentality
When we talk about quick fixes, we’re often referring to a solution that’s chosen because it offers the quickest solution —not because it’s the best option. We’ve all been programmed to want instant results and look for ways to solve our problems as quickly as possible.
Remember that quick fixes don’t work because they’re just that… a quick fix.
When it comes to fitness, if we don’t see results from day one, we can lose motivation and find ourselves drifting back into unhealthy habits all too quickly. In reality, we know it’s those small, incremental lifestyle changes that give the best results.
It might not sound as exciting as the promise of ‘losing 10lbs of body fat in only 7 days’, but we’ve all heard the old cliche that Rome wasn’t built in a day…..
It’s important to make long-term, sustainable changes to your health and fitness. Don’t think about what you can do in the next four weeks, but what you can maintain all year long.
Ignore crash diets
Have you ever embarked on a diet that promised quick weight loss in a short space of time? Sure, it can be tempting to crash diet with that summer holiday around the corner, but’s it’s not going to work long-term.
There are ways to lose weight quickly, but if you can’t sustain it, what’s the point?
Crash dieting might help you drop a few pounds, but, if you’ve tried this before, you’ve probably experienced gaining back what you’ve lost — maybe more. That’s because most crash, or fad diets, involve unrealistic calorie restrictions that are simply not sustainable.
Alex’s take-home message
If you want to make a change you need to consider the long-term. Escape the New Year resolution mentality and make sustainable changes to your health and fitness.
Switching mentality will help you see your fitness goal as a lifestyle change, rather than a quick fix, and something you’re more likely to stick to. And remember……