We live in a world of instant gratification. If you want something, typically you can have it in your hands in a matter of hours with just a few clicks. You can have food delivered from your favorite restaurant across town, groceries from your favorite store, literally anything from Amazon in a matter of hours or overnight. Massage therapists, personal trainers (hi!), even doctors and dentists are making house calls these days. There are hundreds of products, teas, pills, shakes, bars, coffee, creams, lotions and other supplements that promise near instant results.
Searches for quick fix diets, fitness programs, and beauty products are at an all time high. You know what else is at an all time high? Obesity, obesity related diseases and deaths from obesity related diseases. According to the CDC, 35.7% of young adults aged 20 to 39 years are considered obese. That number only goes up as we age, with 42.8% of middle-aged adults aged 40 to 59 years, and 41.0% of older adults aged 60 and older are considered obese. 13.7 million children and adolescents are considered obese, thats 18.5% of those under 18 (1).
There is no quick fix to the obesity epidemic. There is no product available that will deliver results overnight. There is no diet that will work for every single person. Any diet can work if you follow it exactly, but do you really want to go your entire life without having a banana? or a piece of bread? Because I sure as hell don’t, sorry Keto I will never be a fan.
The health and fitness club industry generates more than $80 billion/year (2). The weight loss market is estimated to be worth over $68 billion/year (3). A lot of companies are making a lot of money off products and services, yet Americans as a whole are heavier than ever.
Do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you?
- You’re an emotional eater that finds comfort in food.
- You recently started a sedentary or desk job.
- You have a lengthy commute to and from work.
- You just had a baby and can barely find the time to brush your teeth let alone workout.
- You bought a fitness plan or subscribed to a workout app, but you find the workouts too challenging and become easily discouraged so you stop working out.
- You joined a gym, but have no idea what to do or feel uncomfortable, so you never go.
- You started Keto or Whole30 then face plant into a donut at the office and never quite get back on track.
- You bought a shake, pill or powder and use it for a few days, but don’t see the results you were hoping for so you go right back to your old ways.
- You eat fast food because you don’t have time to cook.
- You think eating healthy/working out is too expensive and time consuming.
What is the one thing that nearly every single diet, exercise program or supplement fails to address? Changing and addressing the behaviors that led to these problems in the first place. A diet/pill/powder/shake will not discuss your emotional triggers with you. They will not show you how to squeeze activity into an already packed day. They will not encourage you to go to the gym. They will not provide you with the tools and resources needed to change your habits. The key to improving health is consistency, support, behavioral change and hard freaking work.
Everyone has different goals when it comes to their health. Starting a diet simply to lose weight is often not enough motivation to keep going when things get tough. Starting a health program to more easily chase after your kids or to finally run a half marathon will keep you going. Changing habits takes emotional and physical work. You are capable of so much, please don’t limit yourself by not taking care of your emotional and physical health.
I can tell you that my desire to try different foods and experiences far outweighs my desire to be a certain size. My love for lifting, swimming, biking and running far outweighs my desire to lose weight. I train to be strong, to be able to run up a flight of stairs without having to catch my breath at the top, and to reduce anxiety. I move my body daily to keep my muscles strong, to prevent bone density loss, and to feel good. I choose health because it feels damn good to do so. I became a personal trainer to help people gain confidence, build strength and take control of their health.
I challenge you to change your behaviors. To look past your excuses. To look past the quick fix remedies taking your time and hard earned money without giving you the results you crave. I challenge you to look deep inside yourself and find a why that has nothing to do with size, a number on the scale or the desire to look a certain way.
Fuel your body. Inspire greatness. Train with heart.
If you’re overwhelmed by the options out there or looking for guidance please reach out, I’d love to help you find your way.