Back in the 1960’s up through today there are people that have a theory about a “magic bullet” that killed President Kennedy. They postulate that this bullet had to have broken several laws of physics to be the only bullet that was fired from the book depository.
Before we go further, I need to say that I am NOT a doctor. The observations below are made because of “my” journey to get healthier. You should really consult your doctor before beginning any diet plan.
The same is true in weight loss. Everyone seems to be looking for the magic bullet. Tell me if this sounds familiar: you’re one your way to a healthier you. You are struggling sometimes with cravings and depression because, like everyone else, you want someone to encourage you; and those people seem few and far between. Finally, when you show results, everybody comes out of the woodwork wanting to know……wait for it……“your secret.” This should be translated into it’s more honest form: “What’s your secret? And don’t tell me nutrition, smart exercise, portion control, sugar control, or any of that ^$%*. I want you to tell me you drank a shake, or popped a pill, or did one or two simple things that didn’t require much, if any effort; which I can do and have beautiful people slipping me their hotel key cards when I travel.”
Ladies and gentlemen….there is no “magic bullet.” Avoid diet pills like the plague, because most of the time you’ll see a little label on them which reads, “the following…yadda, yadda, yadda, has not been verified by the Food and Drug Administration. This means that this product expects you to take them at their word on the potency or quality of ingredients. I’m sorry. I don’t like taking anything into my body unless I know what makes it tick and where it came from. Taking these pills are the equivalent of a “pharmacological one night stand”….making you all sorts of promises of health; until you wake up one morning in a doctor’s office wondering, “What the hell did I do to myself.”
Other wastes of money include pre-packaged meals. Ask yourself these questions: “What is more cost efficient in the long run; getting fed like some animal in a zoo; or learning proper nutrition for myself?” “What if I need more food on some days because I’m more active?” Getting the point yet?
If you want bullets, I’ll give you bullets…..in what I’ll call my 6 shooter of health.
1. Proper nutrition (lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and fiber in every meal. Research how much of a calorie deficit you will need to lose weight and plan your meals in order to reach it. Learn about things like cinnamon which can help regulate blood sugar, Omega 3 oils, Multi-vitamins, etc. Avoid products that use words like guarantee, eat what I want, didn’t have to exercise, etc.
2. Combine aerobic activity every day with strength training every other day to give your muscles a chance to repair.
3. Watch your sugar and salt intakes. Drink plenty of water.
4. Don’t have unrealistic expectations. 2 or so pounds a week is the current estimate of a healthy, weekly, weight loss goal
5. Eat. Starving yourself will only tell your body….Holy, &$^*, I’m starving, and slow your metabolism to a crawl…thereby, ruining your weight loss momentum.
6. Your body is a complex machine, learn how your particular machine runs. Whatever plan you use to get healthy; you’d better be able to maintain it for the long haul, or you’ll soon be right back where you started from.
So, you wanted bullets. There they are….they work….but are in no way “magic.”
Keep reaching for “The Other Side Of The Light”