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It’s All About The Quick Fix…

It’s All About The Quick Fix…

Its all about the quick fix….

I find that my switch off on an evening is always pretty poor… my mind races from one topic to the next when I’m lying in bed, listening to Ross snoring away beside me…

So last night’s little thought process ended down the line of the quick fix following on from an “ask RT” show Ross and I had done earlier where they were mentioned, and I started to draft a little blog in my head as I found it quite an interesting concept.

What is “the quick fix”

The quick fix is something that we as humans are drawn to, more often than not, as it’s the easiest option and quickest solution to a problem… what we tend to overlook is actually that this quick fix, is a temporary solution which we need to resolve at some point in the fairly near future to avoid problems. We resort to quick fixes in everyday life… here are some examples…

Smashed Window – tape it up with some plastic sheets to keep the draft and rain out… job done… that will last a few days until you can have the window replaced…

Deep wound on the arm – bandage it up tightly to restrict the blood loss as much as possible… job done… buys you some time to get to A&E and get some stitches…

Broken down boiler and need a wash… fill the kettle up multiple times to fill the bath… job done… until you can get the guy out to fix the boiler…

When I hear the word quick fix in the fitness industry I literally want to spew in my mouth…

Quick fix is generally applied to diet plans where you eat next to nothing for a few weeks in order to drop some weight fast!!! It works… but as I’ve said above, it’s a temporary solution to a substantial problem…

You lose the weight fast by shocking and starving your body, you go on your holiday or whatever else and you put the weight straight back on when you start eating normally and more often than not you put on that little bit extra because you’ve gone to town on your all-inclusive food and drink.

I hear about these detox plans, these 6 week plans, etc. and it pains me that people are so desperate for the quick fix that they are playing with their health!

We run a 28-day program, we advertise it as a 28-day program, because this is what we have to do, this is what people respond to… they don’t want to hear that to lose 3 stone (sustainably – i.e. to lose it and keep it off) you’re looking at 32 weeks’ worth of training and balanced nutrition, maybe a little/lot less depending on what your previous training and eating habits were.

When I speak to people on the phone I discuss their goals, I tell them how we go about our approach to nutrition, how we aim for sustainable weight and fat loss…

I explain how some lose 1-2lbs per week, and others lose more (generally those with more to lose who’ve led sedentary lifestyles for such a long period of time) …

In our 28-day program, we get what I believe are EPIC results, we’ve had people lose a stone in weight and yes this is quicker than we’d generally deem the best way but in all honesty, they’ve made a lifestyle change in that time and the weight won’t go back on if they continue with the nutritional premise we teach here at RT Fitness…

Those who lose just a few pounds in that time have achieved EPIC results too because they’ve found a way to balance their nutrition and track it in such a way that they can do it FOREVER, not just a few weeks, so even long after they leave us they’re still on their way to achieving what they want to achieve and keeping it that way.

My cousin is a perfect example of someone who has taken a healthy and sustainable approach… she hasn’t been able to train so she has literally done it all via her nutrition, she has changed her eating habits and in 1 year she has lost 6 stone 7.5lbs!!!

I couldn’t be prouder of her, this weight is weight that will change her quality of life and it will STAY off because she hasn’t starved herself to get it off quickly… she’s been sensible about it… she hasn’t swayed to the quick fix, her health has been put first!!!

We need to stop this “quick fix” mentality when it comes to our bodies… it doesn’t work in the long term and we end up battering our bodies seasonally causing all kinds of health problems in the future…

Think of this the next time you’re looking for a quick fix, you may well drop weight fast, but like that bandage example I gave earlier, if the wound is not cleaned and stitched, you’re just asking for a puss fuelled infection that will only get worse with time…

S x

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