Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I had seen the posted image in a check-out line a month or two ago and immediately thought “wow, do people really believe this?” How unhealthy and unreasonable. Although I believe people honestly don’t know some things and I wanted to share to open people’s eyes.

We live in a “now now now, go go go” society. I’m guilty of it, I want results immediately. I have zero patience. How did we get here? Technology? The ability to have instant gratification?

We can achieve this on the internet and some other ways but it rarely happens with losing weight. And often times if you lose weight fast, it’s very easy to rebound and fall into bad habits.

Think of the mentality “slow and steady wins the race.” There aren’t any shortcuts to weight loss. You have to be forgiving. It’s hard though, and while I’m not far from my goal, I struggle with this daily. I’ll do really well then take a “break” and get back.

Yo-yoing is definitely unhealthy and I really need to stop. I need to take my own advice, because I know what needs to be done. It’s just a matter of doing it.

Eat more vegetables and lean proteins, avoid processed foods when possible, keep the carb intake low, drink lots of water and exercise. It seems so simple but it’s not. How can it be easy when there are things like pasta, pizza, chicken wings, cookies, donuts, etc!?

“Slow and steady” is definitely what’s going to work as opposed to many of today’s fads. But some people really don’t know the fads, the pills, the juices, etc. don’t work.

If you ever do anything that makes you lose a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time you’re setting yourself up for failure. You’re probably depriving yourself of certain favorite foods completely and the diet becomes miserable. You set a deadline for yourself and once you have passed the deadline, it’s very easy to slip into old habits and regain the weight back. Sometimes even more.

The weight loss pills won’t work either. Many of them, such as Hydroxycut, have so much caffeine and your body freak out. I took them once and not too long after I started taking them I literally felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest. That’s when I learned my lesson.

There is only one over-the-counter pill I knew of, Alli, that was FDA approved. However the side effects do not seem that pleasant at all.

In a search, I realized that there are two other FDA approved weight loss drugs, Belquiv and Qsymia. From a quick glance I believe both must be prescribed by a doctor (I could be wrong) and were for overweight and/or obese individuals. It was interesting to learn about them on the FDA’s website.  Pills are really only okay under a doctor’s supervision and with a weight loss plan the two of you have gone over together.

Either way, the main point is weight loss doesn’t come easy. It doesn’t come fast, and if it does, the likeliness of keeping it off is lower. Slow and steady wins the race. Search and search to find healthy foods you like. Don’t force yourself into exercise that’s tedious, find an activity that’s fun so you don’t dread workouts. You’ll get there!

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