Quick Fixes just don’t work!!…

We now live in a society where we are after the instant gratification along with the instant fix. We have come to expect gratification in all parts of our life and Weight Loss is no exception to this. This is more evident than ever with every crazy advertiser wanting to get our attention. We live in an information age where we have access to so much information instantly. Gone are the days of patience and perseverance. A quick scan of the web after typing in “Lose Weight Fast”…gave me 84,300,000 responses and the first page scared the living day lights out of me. We now see wild promises of huge fat lose that are simply unsustainable and plainly impossible. These advertisers are praying on those who struggle with their weight in a society hell bent on over promising and under delivering. It is hard I must confess to find your way through the maze of scams; schemes, pills, potions and powders that offer little to no nutritional value and in many cases simply make people sick. From dinosaur diets to diets by design the crazies are bombarding the average person with the newest, latest and best ever possible way to lose weight. All of course believing their diet is the best and will offer the weirdest explanations to support them that you can imagine. They will also argue the point when you try to point out the absurdities of some of these. When you question them on the validation and chemistry behind them you are usually met with a blank look by the advocates of these scary schemes and scams. Sorry to disappoint everyone, however, other than the discovery of the “GI” index little to nothing has changed in relation to the food pyramid since 1945. Food, real food that is, still offers you the best option to good health and well-being. We are sadly flooded by a food industry that is placing chemicals, preservatives and additives that will and do affect our health. Some ingredients in our food today are in fact banned in other countries. Recently (and finally) some supplements have been removed from our shelves. It amazes me why people still take these things when they have little to no understanding of what is in them and how they affect their health. Ask someone what is a balanced diet or what does one look like, and you will see a puzzled look appear on their faces. It is important that we eat from all food groups and we eat in moderation. It is really very simple, too many high calorie foods with little to no nutritional value is not the way to go. Lean meats, good fats, dairy, fruit and lots of coloured vegetables, water, whole grains, nuts and legumes should make up your diet. We need fats, small amounts of proteins, good carbohydrates to keep us healthy. Food offers macro, micro and nano ingredients that protect us in so many ways. Stay away from processed foods and supplements and eat as natural as humanly possible. Weight/fat loss should happen at a rate of about .5-1 kg a week. There is no quick fix so save your dollars and get on board with a sensible eating program. Find yourself someone who is qualified to give nutritional advice and avoid Personal Trainers who have no qualifications wanting to give their opinions on diets. It takes 3 years to become a Nutritionist at University and another 2 years to become a Dietician. Look for sensible programs that are backed by qualified professional people. Save your dollars on weight loss schemes, shakes, powders and pills that simply don’t work or will make you sick. Having an intelligent approach and being consistent will bring the best results. Avoid crappy take-aways that are laden with too much saturated fats in them. Try cooking your food with fresh herbs and spices to create a gourmet meal that is healthy. Don’t be persuaded by the charlatans out there and start thinking and researching for a plain simple eating plan not some new age latest invention that is simply designed to strip you of your cash. Bon-appetite.
By: John Hart
Master’s In Education” (Disability/Rehab) Newcastle University Australia
“Grad Cert Education” Newcastle University Australia
“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”
“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”
“Cert 4 Personal Training”
“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”
Member of ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association)

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