When you are interested in dieting and losing weight especially for the new year–you need to be careful you are not getting roped into the diet fads that promise fast and easy weight loss too quickly. The thing to remember is that weight loss is supposed to be gradual and permanent. If you don’t make it that way–then you are headed in the wrong direction.
The companies that get you to join up to lose mega weight in a mega short time are diet fads. Why would we tell you that? It’s simple–these companies were planning their ad campaigns a long, long time ago and were waiting to nail you, post binge. And they were certainly not waiting for you to put in like 5 pounds–they wanted a good 10 or more. Remember that by the time New Years resolution time rolls around–it is not just what you ate in one day–but from Thanksgiving onward.
This is where you are tempted by established companies that launch their “lose 40 lbs for $40” ads and make millions. It is more likely you will be out $40 bucks or more before you see any real success. It is normally the pre-made meal deals that get you. Now, gyms are also dropping their prices in a ploy to get you to go. We will always be a proponent of working out but, we will also let you know that getting a gym membership can still be an incredible waste of money. Ask yourself some questions before you go in for any diet fads or gym membership. Realistically–knowing yourself–will you go? Will you be motivated more at the first of the year than you are at any other time?
It’s human nature to get all excited about dieting and exercise–but–we have to know ourselves better and make sure we are not just throwing good money here–we work hard and today, we have to be far more cautious about long-term commitments. Grab a journal and ask yourself what it is you will actually do and then invest in that. If you have a friend with a membership then maybe go as a guest with them to get yourself started and motivated. If you and a friend can get a two for one at one of the smaller chain gyms then–if you insist on joining one–be on the lookout for that. Rather than going for the diet fads, look into anything you are interested in and really do research before jumping into it.