The Appeal Of The Quick Fix

Those words: Lose 10 pounds by next week! They will catch women at any age and have them sucked in.

Wow really? Maybe this one will really work. Even if I lose 5 it’ll get me a jump-start. I’ll be good all week and then after it’s over I can have a treat.

We want to always rationalize something that appears to be too good to be true and think this will be the time it actually works, this will be “The One”—that desperation for the ultimate solution.

I’ve done it for years and spent thousands of dollars on diets, products and supplements that claimed you’ll lose 10 pounds and keep it off. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never kept it off. Something always shifted, even if I had been doing well for a little while, and then I’d be shot right back off the deep end. It never failed.

Starting a new diet is so full of hope and excitement. That maybe in a few days from now the scale will have gone down and your pants a little looser.  Maybe this one will be it!

But what is it that REALLY gets you to want to buy it or follow it?

Diets have been so ingrained in our minds for so long, sometimes our entire lives, that we don't know any other way to eat unless it's some type of restriction. It provides that hope that if you cut a few things out, eat less, exercise more or fast for a few days that you won’t have to wait so long to get results and in turn you will be able to lose that stubborn weight around your belly that you think is gross, and once you do that everything will be perfect and you can go on to do the things you feel you can’t when you have the “belly."

I mean really, thinking you can get your hands on the answer to getting rid of those extra pounds in a short amount of time IS super enticing. Why wouldn’t you want to at least try it, right?

Well, that’s exactly what the weight loss industry wants. There is no miracle diet or pill, there is no quick fix, and there is no diet you can sustain forever.  There is only you and your body and once you two become a dynamic duo you will be amazed at the transformations you can achieve.

Listening to my body and putting an end to dieting and a restrictive mindset has completely turned my relationship with food around. It’s even helped to clear up my digestive issues, I stopped emotional and binge eating because I no longer have off limit foods, and am 1 ½ years in recovery from bulimia. Don’t underestimate the power of your body. Get in tune with it and what it’s telling you and you'll find you will no longer need to find the next diet.

What draws you to a certain diet?