Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could change your entire life without having to put any effort in? Wouldn’t it be great to go from a size 24 to a size 4 without any of the work in the middle? Now, 500lbs in 10 minutes is way too extreme for even the most naïve person to believe, but I’m sure that you’ve seen (and maybe even tried) one of the thousands of ‘lose 10lbs in 3 days’ or ‘lose 30lbs in 10 days’ programs that pop up everywhere.
Everyone has a great aunt Molly that swears by the cayenne pepper juice diet and lost a ton of weight and although this type of approach can be appealing because the results are promised so quickly, it always ends in disappointment and usually ends in more weight gain!
These quick fix diets aren’t fixing the root of the problem and they are always unsustainable long term. You definitely can lose 10lbs in three days drinking only juice, but is this going to help you long term when you return to eating normally and you gain it all back?
The alternative to these quick fix diets is to commit to small changes in your lifestyle that contribute to you being healthier over a longer period. Is this glamorous? No. Is it sustainable? Yes! Is it worth it? Yes!
You might be resistant to changing your lifestyle, but without the change you cannot progress. Your body is a product of your lifestyle and you can’t succeed in changing one without the other.
It doesn’t have to be overwhelming! To be successful you do not need to immediately cut out all processed sugar and make all of your meals from scratch. Like most extreme things, this approach would probably result in a really fast transition back to your previous lifestyle.
For the first year of my journey to healthy, I followed the SparkPeople.com plan by creating small habits and successfully doing those each day for a couple of weeks. I traded in Coke and Dr. Pepper for water and juice and my initial 2 week streak turned into a 3 year streak! After kicking the soda, I added in just 10 minutes of exercise a day and work to increase that all the time. We traded in eating out all of the time to ½ of the time and then transitioned to 70% of meals at home and weekends out.
You don’t have to use the site to do this, but doing so helped me keep track of my streaks and helped me keep going in my weakest points. The main point isn’t how you do it, just that you make small changes over and over again and then when you look back you will be so much farther on your path than you are now!
You can totally do it. Maybe you won’t lose 500lbs in 10 minutes, but you could certainly lose 80lbs in a year. 1 year of your life to be healthier, not just thinner. What could be better than that?