We all have resolutions at some point during the year. Some we deliver on. Most we don’t.
Sometimes while we’re scrolling on our phones, we discover that you could achieve all your resolutions EASILY AND FAST in the next 30 days! Wooho! O my, what will you do with the rest of all your free time??!
Of course, we’re referring to the get-lean-magic shakes, the crash diets, the zero-money-down gym sign-up programs and instagram sensations that prey on people looking to get help.
There ARE some shortcuts to fitness. But there are also a ton of lies floating around out there on the interwebs.
We have to ask ourselves. When can a shortcut help us? When can that same shortcut hurt us?
Let’s take a look at some past fitness trends and let’s see where we stand with our checks. (some of this stuff you’re probably been pitched on your Facebook feed today)
Weight Loss Shakes
- Can it be repeatable? Can you stay on this diet of shakes forever? Are you willing to slug these drinks down forever? No you’re not. Are you really going to do this for the next 20-40 years? Nope.
- Is it healthy? Actually, no they are not. They can be harmful. Every protein or weight-loss shake uses sweeteners, usually some type of corn derivative or chemical.On one hand, you’re brought closer to insulin resistance (diabetes). On the other hand, you’re ingesting a laboratory experiment. Yummy.Most shakes also use a combination of ingredients to suppress your appetite, caffeine and a mild laxative to keep you full and alert. What happens next is your body lowers its energy expenditure to match, and when you go off the shakes, you quickly gain weight—and it’s all fat.
- Will it keep getting better over time? Well, odds are you’ll probably start to hate drinking protein shakes instead of eating real food. If you ate chicken at the same meal every day you would get tired of it, so why would it be any different with a shake? On top of that, every shake you drink is less and less effective than the one before (see #2 above). You’re getting smaller only because you are starving out your metabolism.
- Can it survive the crowd? The only people sharing their huge weight loss from these diets or shakes on social media are the people who make a commission by signing you up.
The Keto Diet / Paleo Diet / XYZ Diet
- Can it be repeated? Can I keep doing this for a long time, or is it another crash diet? People have been doing ketosis and intermittent fasting since before the dawn of time. And if you’re trying to get rid of your sugar fix, a short stint with a ketogenic period might actually help.
But the real question is, is this something I can do, day in and day out? And the answer to any ALL “diets” is a resounding “no.”
If you stop eating grains, your body will lose the ability to process those grains.
If you stop eating carbs, you’ll become less resistant to insulin in the short-term, but your body will learn and become better at breaking down your muscle tissue to trigger insulin response.
- Is it healthy? Getting rid of sugar is a great thing for the long term, sure. But rapid weight loss, crash dieting, or any unsustainable scheme will always have a rebound effect. You have a relationship with food. You have to if you enjoy living. One nighters and quickies, with diets will always come back to haunt you.
- Will it keep getting better over time? You might get better at eating paleo. But you might also get a little crazy about food. There’s a reason why people flop around from diet to diet. They love the feeling of control, and a fresh start with a new diet gives them a clear “good and bad” line. Unfortunately, that’s not sustainable in life, and everyone knows the term “yo-yo dieting” by now.
- Can it survive the crowd? If you and some other friends are doing it together, you’ll definitely have more success. More often than not, you eat like the people you keep company with.. If everyone in your house or group of friends eats ketogenic diet, you’ll do better at sticking to the ketogenic diet. SHOULD you stick to it? See above.
Joining A Gym
- Can this be repeated? O YES. You can join any gym or health club and keep going for 30 years. We think you should have some type of coach to help with your goals and accountability, but even a $10, 24/7 gym will benefit you long term (if you keep showing up).
- Is it healthy? Yes. There probably are no negative effects of going to the gym. Very few people get injured in the gym; if they are doing things properly, another reason we recommend a coach. When they do occur, injuries are usually overuse issues (you bench press every Monday and do shoulder press every Friday morning, over and over and over) these things don’t occur overnight.
- Will it keep getting better over time? Yes. Training while and incorporating weights has a chain reaction effect. You get stronger, your muscles improve your metabolism ( see our blog on that here ), and you get better. UNLESS you’re doing the same thing day in and day out. You need to constantly vary your workouts and keep your body guessing.
- Can it survive the crowd? Yes it can survive. The gym’s that give discounts will see a huge influx of new members around certain times of the year like January and late spring. They hang around for a couple weeks on average then most of those new gym-goers give up and quit, except in coaching gyms like Bridge The Gap. And you can’t really “fill” a gym that gives discounts, because their business model is based on members who never show up. We’re the opposite, we want you to workout, so we have a membership cap.
Joining a Coaching Gym or Personal Trainer or Nutritionist
- Can this be repeated? Yes. I’ve been using the Athletics methodology for 8 years , and I still love it. Are there injuries along the way? Sure, but the same amount as a normal gym would have, and still far fewer than regular sports. But Athletics has also fixed other issues like anxiety and depression.
- Is it healthy? Yes. When ANY gym works one on one with its members to set goals upon arrival, plans to reach those goals, regular checkpoints and modifications to those plans when needed causes a compounding success, and you don’t waste your time doing stuff that doesn’t work.
- Will it get better over time? Yes. When we baseline and regularly measure your results, they can point to what’s working and help you focus more.
- Can it survive the crowd? Nope, and that’s because coaching businesses are anti-crowd and seek the 1:1 interaction.
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Inspiration for this blog from Chris Cooper at Catalystgym.com