The Truth About Detox DietsMar 15, 2023
Have you been lukewarm for too long?
Maybe going through the motions for a while?
Is your heart still in it?
Perhaps it’s time to change the heat settings.
To bring more enthusiasm to your life.
To surround yourself with like-minded, positive people.
To express yourself with passion.
🔥Time to turn up the heat.
I'd say this is especially important advice for anyone who is desperate.
So hopeless that they will try anything, for a little while.
But none of it sticks.
The Truth About Detox Diets
Do you know someone who eats and drinks mindlessly, gets only a couple of hours of sleep nightly, and pretty much sits around most of the day.
This same person is often searching for a magic bullet that will fix all the problems that result from said behaviors.
Do you know anybody like this?
Maybe a "10-Day Get Fit Challenge" does the trick for a little while (around 10 days).
Maybe an outdoor two-week "sunrise" bootcamp at the local park. Everybody wiggling the battling ropes and skipping across cold, wet grass with kettlebells in their hands.
Perhaps it’s a detox or some other thing that helps them purge a bit of weight in a hurry.
I'm not condoning the "cleanse" technique; however, if you want to use dysentery as a diet strategy, just save your money and go to a nearby stream and drink a few mouthfuls.
The microscopic parasites 🐛 will help you shed pounds fast!
(Don't do this.)
Now I'm not sure about you, but of the people I’ve seen who go on a crash diet or some extreme program, most eventually backslide to where they started.
Kind of like the contestants on the popular "Biggest Loser" TV show.
Sure, there are some that use an extreme-weight-loss show as a platform to give them the momentum they need to continue on and embrace a healthy lifestyle…
...but the majority fall back into old habits.
To make things stick, you need a couple things in place:
A sustainable approach.
Extreme is temporary. You need something that you can do month after month.
Think being more active and getting more sleep.
In short, you need to have a solid foundation of daily habits that encourage actual sustainable health.
Seems logical, right?
There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see 4-5 coupon ads for "bootcamp deals" to help you lose 10, 20 or even 50 pounds in no time at all.
Some offer this almost magical body transformation for no upfront investment.
Others want you to pay for the supplements that go along with the workout.
The testimonials look great and before you know it, you’re in.
Problem is, quick fixes and extreme methods struggle to stick.
But, for all unsuccessful folks, this approach isn’t new.
Nine out of 10 people who are struggling to achieve a lean-and-athletic body have used a variation of this "quick-fix" approach, off-and-on, for decades.
You start on some low-calorie juice cleanse and, almost immediately, start purging water weight like crazy.
Only to gain it all back when you resume your old habits.
The "super-fast" approach is unsafe and extremely shortsighted. It's the exact opposite of my "play the long game" philosophy. Especially if you want to create generational health.
My proven system works for decades versus days.
It's the New Fountain of Youth.
And the so-called "experts" who are running these programs always leave a bunch of scorched earth behind them.
Lots of empty promises and bridges burned.
To be honest, the sleazy sales tactics employed by these self-proclaimed "gurus" makes everybody a doubter, especially the folks who are so desperately looking for a solution to their obesity, depression, and other excessive-body-fat-related diseases (diabetes and heart issues, for example).
But the "juice-cleanse" marketing company already made their money.
Sadly the legitimate fitness-and-nutrition coaches are left to deal with the aftermath.
Now is every "lose bodyfat in the blink of an eye" shady?
Some people are just too cynical to sign up for 12 months of anything, so a 14-day fat-loss jump-start option can get the ball rolling.
Essentially you do a 14-day program which is the beginning of a 14-month journey to the best shape of your life.
But unless you're already in top form, it's tough to get in the best shape of your life in just 14 days.
Two weeks is simply not enough time to build a healthy habit, but it's a start.
I'd say any shortsighted approach rarely solves the problem.
Unless you address the underlying habits which are keeping you fat, sick, and out-of-shape, you'll struggle.
Doing another quick-fix diet is like putting a Band-Aid on an axe wound.
Sure a Band-Aid will stop the bleeding for about 10 seconds or so, but then you're back to square one.
Imagine living with diabetes or heart disease or the result of heart disease (a stroke) and the burden on your family and loved ones.
Respectfully speaking, what do you want out of life?
If you fall for the quick-fix mentality, it’s because you're lacking some stuff:
- A sustainable approach to nutrition
- A logical training plan
- A system to guarantee consistent results
You see, in order to maintain a lean-and-athletic body 3, 5 or even 10 years from now, you must have those three things in place.
You must rinse and repeat these healthy habits for life.
Basically, you’re going to have to stop chasing the fad diets and learn how to practice mindful eating.
You must embrace the math and accept that calories matter.
So when you see these quick-fix "opportunities" on TV, billboards, and in your social-media news-feed... ask yourself if "The Biggest Loser" was the best approach for sustainable weight loss.
The same TV show that allegedly used not-so-healthy weight-loss techniques like marathon infrared sauna sessions, amphetamine pills, and daily six-hour workouts.
It's really madness when you stop and think about it for a second.
You need to work for that amazing and beautiful thing you want.
If you got everything you wanted, right away and without effort, you wouldn’t appreciate what you’ve received, and you wouldn’t really be capable of keeping it.
So, if the results you want don't come right away, don't despair.
Understand and believe that what you are learning in the process is the very thing that will keep you successful long term.
Have a great day,
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Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.