It's no secret we live in a "microwave" society. We want what we want and we want it now. But does this mentality help us or hurt us when it comes to weight loss?
*All opinions in this post are my own. Please consult your physician prior to making any major dietary changes.
“Lose 20 pounds in just 2 weeks.”
“Hacks to help you lose weight fast!”
“With only a spoonful a day, you will lose 30 pounds in 1 month!”
Y’all. These are actual, real life titles of pins on Pinterest. And to be honest, I just cannot even. Twenty pounds in two weeks? TWENTY POUNDS? Are we serious right now? And these pins are saved by literally thousands and thousands of people. Do you know what this tells me? It tells me that we are still very much in the middle of a huge weight loss conundrum: people are being duped.
This has been weighing heavily on my mind at the start of the New Year. Countless people will make it a resolution to lose weight. And countless people will try to go on the expedited route - lose as much weight as quickly as possible.
I think we’ve all been duped at some point or another by the latest fad. I know I’ve been duped multiple times throughout the years. A new magical, miracle weight loss answer rolls around (lemon juice, warm water, honey and turmeric anyone?), someone claims to have had huge, quick weight loss success with it, and we all hop readily on board.
“Surely THIS is the thing I’ve been missing! This is the answer I’ve been looking for!” we think to ourselves. But the truth is, if any of these actually were the answer, everyone would be doing them and everyone would be losing weight.
But that’s just not reality, because these crazy diets don’t help us. In fact, they hurt us. They wreck our metabolism and wreak havoc on our emotions. So why do we keep trying them? Why do we allow ourselves to be pulled in? At its core, I think the answer here is simple: we are allowing ourselves to be ruled by emotion instead of logic.
Here’s the deal, y’all. I think that most of us, deep down, know that losing 20 pounds in 2 weeks is not logical. It’s impractical, and we certainly realize on some level that it’s probably not good for us. But we pin it anyway. We buy in.
I encourage you to dive in to that today. Ask yourself the hard questions and be willing to explore the answers. And remember, transformation takes time. And girlfriend, you've got time.
Keep it real,