"Quick" Weight Loss

Thursday, September 20, 2012

My friend emailed me a link today regarding somthing called "Trim" by a company called AdvoCare. Basically, if you've never heard about it, it is a 24 day "cleanse" system to rid your body of toxins, help you lose inches and weight, and get you on the fast track to being amazing. I checked it out, asked her about why she wanted to do it, and she told me that her friend had done it, lost inches and 15lbs in the first 2 weeks, kept it off and has continued to lose weight. She then asked what I thought.

As an aside thought, NEVER ask me what I think unless you REALLY want to know. Just don't do it because you may not like the answer.

I said, "Okay, sounds great. But I don't think that losing 15lbs in 2 weeks is healthy weight loss." After that the conversation went stale--and I'm not sure if that's because I didnt' jump up and down for joy or if the busy-ness of the day interrupted.

Now, I'm not saying I've never tried the quick, easy way--OH I HAVE. I did Visalus for like 2 weeks--and after 2 days I couldn't just do shakes--NO WAY. Let's be real. I didn't get fat by NOT eating. A binge was not far behind.

I tried SlimFast. Again. Fell waaaay off the wagon.

I tried Atkins--and gained everything I lost back.

See my point? I have NEVER done a quick weight loss and kept the weight off--it's not sustainable. If one person can tell me that they can truthfully say they will NEVER eat a food again, and NOT because they are allergic and they are okay with that, and have no rebelling, EVER, then I will bow down. Because once I make a food off limits, I crave it. I have to have it. And that's what Quick Weight Loss diets do.

They limit what you can and cannot eat. So yeah, you lose weight--water weight first, then probably muscle if you are starving yourself or not giving your body what you need. And then, when you go off of the diet you WILL gain it all back if you do not continue to eat that way. You can't only have shakes and one meal a day and then go to eating WAY more calories and expect to not gain weight. You have to make a committment to eating that way FOR. EVER.

Me, I can't do it. I. LOVE. FOOD. I love the smell, the taste, the texture. THE SMELL.

I know earlier this week I talked about how impatient I am. And believe me, I am. I want results. Badly. But I want it all, too. I dont' want to have to give up that cookie in order to go down a pants size. And I believe moderation is the key.

Happy Thursday!

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    Wow! You've put what's going around and around in my head into words. I've been struggling with trying quick weight loss diets - well struggling with getting up my nerve to start one this week because I want quick weight loss and health improvement.

    I also have been limiting certain foods while trying to get healthier and whatever I ban, I am craving very much. Why torture myself? That's a question I need to ask when I consider a quick fix - Is this a plan I can live with? I tell myself that I can but I need to keep it real and answer honestly.

    Thank you for your encouraging and truthful blog that opened my eyes. I'm relieved now that I'm reminded that I don't have to torture myself. emoticon
    2363 days ago
    Well said... I also love to eat. I tried Nutrisystem once, and lost about 8 lbs. in the first two weeks. But I couldn't do it any longer, it wasn't "real" food!
    2397 days ago
    Excellent insight shared. Up here the rage are “wraps.” Apparently you attend “wrap parties” and put on this wrap, then lo and behold, you lose 2 inches when you take it off. It is amazing. Meanwhile I’m wishing I had created this insane method of losing inches, look at all the money I’d make! Same with all these quick weight loss stuff. Yeah Shakes by V are also the rage here and I won’t touch the stuff. I love all you said, totally agree and good on you for being honest with your friend. Slow and steady win the race eh.
    2401 days ago
    Quick weight loss tends to bring on even quicker wieght gain. I don't know a single person (including myself!!) who has done any of these programs without gaining what they lost and more back. It's taken me 2+ years, but I am 60 lbs lighter and WAY more fit than I have been my whole life. I eat. I eat GOOD food, not diet food. I have given up nothing, except eating too much.

    The whole keep to getting it off and keeping it off is simple and slow...
    emoticon Eat Less
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    Keep up the good work
    2401 days ago
    I agree moderation is the key. In the past I have tried most of the diets you mentioned and I could not keep the weight off. Now I'm all about the life style change. Good Luck and keep it up! emoticon
    2401 days ago
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