Discussion Time! – What’s The “Healthy Way?”
Okay…”serious post” time today. Why not? I can’t be ridiculous all the time (okay, I probably could…)
So, the other night, I was flipping through channels because I couldn’t sleep and came across some documentary type show about fitness/weight loss/etc. I really wish I knew what the show was that was “featuring” that subject, but I have no idea honestly.
Anyway, it was talking about fads, special diets (Atkins, HcG etc), diet pills, and finally the healthy ways to lose weight.
Obviously I am no professional – I am just a realist with an opinion – but frankly, some of the things that people believe blows my mind. There were some things on there that I didn’t even know was a thing that people had ever believed/followed (the “chocolate diet?” Really?)
I know there are scientists, and some sort of science behind most things, and obviously it does work for some people – but I still think the only way to have long lasting weight loss and/or health is the good old fashioned healthy, balanced eating and exercise.
Some of the “fad” things it touched on about was:
- Atkins diet (low carb)
- HcG diet
- “Diet pills” (appetite suppressants, fat burners, etc)
- Meal replacements (shakes, etc)
Obviously there are a lot of diet pills out there that have weird or harmful ingredients in them – and did you know that 65% of those on the market have some sort of warning label on them stating that it could cause liver damage? LIVER. DAMAGE.
“My liver is failing, but damn I lost 40 pounds in a month, so it was definitely worth it!” Said no one, EVER.
I guess it is just like cigarettes or anything else that has a warning label on it though, people still do it.
So then it goes into the healthy things and suggestions. It touched on:
- A healthy, balanced diet
- Calorie/nutritional tracking
- [Healthy] Restrictions
Basically, all the stuff we always hear about. The fundamentals of weight loss and health, if you will.
So, what I gathered from watching that at 2am, was that people are lazy and try to cut corners and want immediate results. Honestly, I think a lot of that is human nature and we can’t necessarily blame anyone for falling into an advertisement for a miracle. I think sometimes we just have to learn for ourselves.
Also, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
So – rant over – but now I want to talk about it ad I’m so curious if anyone has any experience (or thoughts) on this stuff!
And just throwing this out there, but this is a safe zone and I want everyone to feel like they can answer honestly because it is about sharing – I don’t want to see anyone attacking anyone else in the comments. So, play nice people!
- Have you ever participated in a “fad” diet or program. What was your experience with it? Did it work? Did it last? Would you recommend it? What did you learn?
- If you are someone who has lost (or is working on losing) weight, or taken on a healthier lifestyle – in your own personal experience, what would your advice be to those who are looking to do the same?
- Do you think what is considered “healthy” should be a different definition per individual person? Do we need guidelines to tell us what’s healthy?
- Please feel free to share any additional notes or thoughts on this subject!