It seems like no matter where we look there is a new “magic pill” which promises to shed body fat—a new supplement, diet, training program, fad, etc.
They rope us in with promises to be the next best thing. The end all be all of weight loss. So what do we do?
We fall for it.
We go from buying supplements, trying every diet under the sun, to trying the most ridiculous forms of exercise. All for the sake of trying to find a shortcut to losing weight. You probably know, by now, I always say there is no shortcut. Hard work inside and outside of the gym is what it takes. We know this...
Yet we all see it day after day—folks trying to change their health and fitness only to waste their time and money looking for magic—something which doesn’t, truly, exist.
I want to talk about the buzz going around about drinking a half bottle of wine before bed to lose weight. A prime example of the pursuit of a magical shortcut.
First of all (I know, I sound like a broken record!), folks who are looking to lose weight need to cut calories. Period. If you’re already having difficulty with that, adding more calories to the equation will not help. I promise.
Articles making claims about the fat burning properties of red wine all mention a Harvard study, but it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere. The only thing we can seem to find is anecdotal evidence.
After reading the article we find the women interviewed:
- Are eating light meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Have no other snacks except for wine after dinner.
What does this tell us?
Being flexible with our diet works. If you’ve been following me you know I mentioned we can be flexible with our diet to allow for snacks or “free foods,” and still get results. That’s exactly what these women are doing.
So much for magic. The women interviewed are all doing some form of calorie restriction, whether they know it or not. And that’s what we all have to do in order to lose weight.
Now, does wine have a fat burning effect? Maybe, but I doubt it’s substantial enough to make up for a poor diet.
Drinking a half bottle of wine to lose weight is just one form of “magic” out there. There are so many others it would be impossible to name them all. Remember:
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Stop wasting time looking for magic. It doesn’t exist. There are no shortcuts to better health and to better fitness. It wasn’t a shortcut which brought us to where we are today, looking to make a change.
Truly think about that.
It was not a shortcut which brought you to where you are today.
It was years of walking a specific path. Making specific actions. It was all adding up over time. Accumulating. Shaping who we are—our [bad] habits.
It’s going to take walking another path in order to achieve better health and better fitness. Continuing down the same ol’ beaten path is going to do nothing, but keep you where you are. You have to do something new.
Think about it like a new chapter starting in your life. You just need to turn the final page of this one, the chapter you’re on right now, to start the chapter which has been waiting for you. Because that’s the thing. The chapter of a fit and healthy lifestyle has always been there. It’s waiting for all of us. We just have to turn that damn page over. And it’s a heavy one. I know. It’s going to take a great deal of strength to lift it. But you can do it.
Will this new chapter be easy? Hell no. Worth it?
Stop searching the internet for the next best thing, and look within yourself. Muster the strength to start something new. Something better. Understand it’s hard work and hard work alone which will allow you to see improvements in your health and fitness.
Let’s get you started on the new path to the next chapter in your life. Contact me today. I’ll be there with you hand in hand on your journey =) No more messing around. What are you waiting for?