Wednesday, July 17, 2013
"They" are always adding new words and phrases to the dictionary each year, like "man cave" and "bucket list." I would like to see some removed, or at least corralled back into their original meanings. I hereby nominate "jump start," hereafter limited to its vehicle starting via jumper cables origin. The underlying appeal is obvious if you've ever had your once dead car roar to life, at least long enough to get to a service bay. It's an emotional experience that the diet industry would have us believe applies to weight loss as well. Even SparkPeople is guilty of this.
I cringe every time I hear "jump start your metabolism" because I immediately know there lurks a liar somewhere, most intent on thinning my wallet, not my waistline. And sure enough, just take this supplement, just do this six minute exercise twice a week, buy this book, just eat this food or stop eating that food, and voila! the pounds will melt away.
Anyone who truly does find a reasonably safe, simple, legal, effective and not hugely expensive way to, dare I say, "boost" your metabolism will be the next billionaire. Ditto similar "jump start" claims for weight loss, spot reduction, cellulite treatments, your sex life, or your investment portfolio.
Many of us dieters have had watershed moments, where we said no more to weight gain and finally found a way to permanently lose some weight. But regardless of the window dressing, it still comes down to eat less, move more, not yet another silver bullet to later blame for another failed attempt.
Gradual, consistent, mindful change is what works. Forget the "jump start" cliche, start using "one day at a time."