Excess weight is one of the major health problems of our time, especially here in Ireland, and a huge industry has built up around finding the "next big thing" that will solve it. If you've been struggling with your weight, chances are you've contributed to this industry yourself by purchasing the odd diet book in the hopes you would finally get in shape.
These books usually promise big results with minimal effort, and dazzle you with "little-known" information that the other "experts" have somehow managed to miss. So you start off excited and follow the diet seriously for a couple of weeks, and you might even manage to shift a few pounds. But you eventually give up, and all that weight comes back with a vengeance.
The unfortunate reality is that even if you manage to lose a significant amount of weight following one of these diet plans, most people will regain all the weight they lose within one year. And that new diet book you were so excited to get started with, will probably end up gathering dust on a shelf. Suffice to say, diet books don't work. If they did, there wouldn't be a new one coming out every other day, and the dieting industry wouldn't be worth billions upon billions every year.
Now, I'm not trying to discourage you from taking an interest in nutrition and fitness. It's just that there's so much conflicting information floating around on this topic, and without the relevant training and experience, it's almost impossible to distinguish good advice from bad.
But let's say, for argument's sake, that the nutritional advice in your particular diet book is sound. There are still a couple of reasons why it won't help you lose weight and keep it off for good:
First of all, these books prescribe a "one-size-fits-all" plan that isn't tailored to your individual needs and lifestyle, which means you must tailor your needs and lifestyle to the plan. This is a recipe for failure right off the bat because the level of sacrifice and upheaval involved is often too great. We prefer to build your plan around your lifestyle, because this approach works much better and is more sustainable.
Secondly, your diet book is missing two essential components of any successful weight loss plan: accountability and support. It won't be there to intervene when you start talking yourself out of a workout session, or to give you a pep talk when you're thinking of giving up entirely. But if you share your goals with someone else, like a gym buddy or personal trainer, they'll be on hand to keep you motivated and on-track when your willpower starts to fade.
So if you're going to invest in yourself, don't waste your time and money on the latest health and fitness bestseller or diet plan in Cosmo. Find someone who knows what they're doing, who can help you craft a plan that suits your particular needs, and who'll be on hand to motivate you when the going gets tough. That's how you achieve your weight loss goals and stay in shape for good.
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