The record jackpot in the Mega Millions drawing yesterday got news coverage from almost every media outlet in the country. In case you’re hiding under a rock somewhere, you’re likely aware that the $636 million dollar jackpot was split between two winners.
I don’t know how many million people bought tickets yesterday, but I’m sure they all had pretty much the same dream–instant, life changing riches.
And 99.99% of them were disappointed.
Fad Diets, Anyone?
The same thing happens in the health and wellness industry every day. People are always looking for the quick solution to lose weight, get skinny, and feel better. They’re willing to pop pills, buy prepackaged meals/meal replacements, have surgery, starve themselves, or anything else that promises rapid weight loss that lasts.
And just like the Mega Millions, the odds of success aren’t very good.
The percentage of people that lose lots of weight on any of these “plans” is small.
The number that keep the weight off long term is even smaller.
Why? Because when you drop lots of weight in a short period of time, you tend to not learn many of the lessons that you need to learn in order to prevent the weight from creeping back up again.
I know a lot of people that have lost lots of weight and then think they can go back to living their normal lives again. Most end up finding all of that weight that they lost, and some find even more.
There is no good trick for losing lots of weight quickly, and then easily keeping it off for good. I think people really need to wrestle with weight loss, in order to learn what they have to do on a daily basis to remain successful.
And popping a pill isn’t the answer.
By learning how to prepare and enjoy healthier foods, incorporate regular physical activity, limit temptations at home, and recognize that there will be struggles, people that work hard for their weight loss and health improvements are the ones that will see results that last, instead of those that are fleeting.
Start Working Today
So instead of trying a gimmick to lose weight in 2014, put your faith in hard work. Start moving more and getting more sleep at night. Work on cutting out fast food in favor of fresh, healthy food. You don’t have to be perfect all of the time, but every improved choice will pay off exponentially in the end.
And unlike all those people that played Mega Millions last night, you control your odds of success. The odds are in your favor if you don’t give up.
Have you tried a diet gimmick before? How were the results?