Throughout the years I am sure all of us have read, seen, heard the “Lose 7 pounds in 7 days,” or “drink this to drop 20 pounds in 2 weeks,” bull shit. If you have been sucked into those lies, never fear, we all have, including me. Society as a whole is so obsessed with weight that if one does not fit into the societal norms of weight, we look for any means to drop the excess weight as quickly as possible without regards to lasting effects or consequences to our bodies.
Cabbage soup anyone? Most means of losing weight quickly from what I have read (and done mind you) over the years tends to entail disgusting drinks, concoctions, and foods. You follow some sort of plan for about a week or two and drop 7+ pounds, for what? Momentary satisfaction. Those “diet plans” never stick. Within a month the weight tends to come back, and then some. Putting your body through such turmoil and restriction ends up inhibiting weight loss because it screws with your metabolism and mental well being.
Restricting and denying yourself also has other adverse effects, such as intensifying cravings, which can lead to a food binge. Most of us who are overweight or have been overweight know that the weight gain did not happen overnight. Then why put your body through such shock for a quick fix that doesn’t end up actually fixing the problem?
Some diets that I have read and done throughout the years include the cabbage soup diet, the master cleanse, the cayenne pepper and maple syrup diet, and the grapefruit diet. Did any of those work? Technically yes, however, if I actually managed to work through a week of that crap, I ended up bingeing and gaining everything I lost and about 5 pounds more. My body and mental state were in shambles every time.
Find strength and happiness where you are at now, in order to change where you want to go. Make a long term commitment to your health, instead of a short term empty promise. Stick to a balanced diet, full of proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats and find a workout regimen that gets you excited, motivated, and charged. You are beautiful, you are strong, and you are worth more than a 7 day fad.