Fad Diets

FAD DIETS

I hear about quick weight loss programs all the time and sometimes they come with guarantees or you can get your money back. I call these quick-loss programs “fad diets”; quick weight loss through an unhealthy, unbalanced and unsustainable diet. Fad diets are targeted at people who are desperate to lose weight quickly without exercise.

A 2-year study by Stuart Wolpert of the UCLA Researchers Report showed that 83% of people on these quick weight loss programs gained back more weight than they originally lost while dieting. Meaning, if you start at 140 pounds and dropped down to 125 pounds, you not only gain back the 15 pounds you lost but you add weight beyond that. Consequently, instead of losing weight fast and keeping it off, you are destined to gain more weight over the long term.

In my book, “diet” is a four-letter word. I’ve never liked the word “diet”. Rather, I promote a “lifestyle” to my clients, not a diet. Losing weight quickly is not going to be a long term solution to keeping weight off, and it can be very unhealthy. It also has psychological consequences with many folks simply giving up. This is no way to live life. 

The hardest thing for most people is being patient. You didn't put all the weight you are carrying on in one day, one week or even one month. It was a slow process. So it’s stands to reason that losing weight should follow a similar timeline.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, let’s start with a discussion. We will address your diet in practical terms. We also promote the benefits of weight training to help in the process of losing weight and creating a better quality of life.

At GUTS Training Center, we not only work on helping you reach your goals, but we teach you how to do it.

personal training is a wise investment

If you are like me, you thought (or perhaps hoped) that healthcare legislation would rein in escalating healthcare costs over a reasonable period of time. In reality, individuals and families are spending more and more each year on healthcare and the outlook is not promising.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy, the average family’s health insurance now costs about $16,000, and workers pay more than a quarter of that. From 2004 to 2014, total premiums have increased 69% and, for those that have a job, worker contribution increased 81%. 

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The current situation is disheartening but, not to fret, I have the answer! If you take care of yourself — exercise regularly and eat right — you can avoid burdensome healthcare costs in your future. If you heed my sage advice, I could save you thousands of dollars (if not hundreds of thousands) over your lifetime. You’re welcome!

According to Ellin Holohan, editor for HealthDay News, subsidizing exercise and fitness-related lifestyles in middle age could significantly reduce the ballooning cost of health care in later years (based on a study of 20,000 people). Average annual claims for medical costs for the least-fit men, at $5,134, were about 36 percent higher than the average of $3,277 a year for the most-fit men. The average medical claims of $4,565 for the least-fit women were about 40 percent higher than the $2,755 average for the most fit (Holohan, Ellin, HealthDay News, Thursday, May 10, 2012) 

Now, I’m no Pollyanna. I know how difficult it can be to eat right and exercise regularly (I’m saying this as I shove the last piece of meat lovers pizza down my throat). Furthermore, many families are struggling financially and eating right and exercising can be tough on the family budget (you can feed a family of four at McDonalds for $10!). 

Even so, many families do have the discretionary income to put towards their and their family’s health and well-being. So, consider the value of a personal trainer, especially long-term. Do the math. Yes, you'll be healthier and happier but it also makes economic sense.

Forget about the boilerplate catchphrase, it is a great investment in yourself. I say, it’s simply a great investment.