Lose Weight Without Changing Your Lifestyle

I have seen several advertisements lately for various products that guarantee that you can lose weight without changing your lifestyle. The testimonials say things like "It was so easy and I didn't have to change a thing!" Can we take a step back and just think about that for a second? Because as a personal trainer I find that very disturbing.
So you grow up, start your career, and have a family. You have a lot going on, which probably means that you have spent several years not eating well and have been less active than you should be. Now you find yourself with a few extra pounds feeling sluggish and down about yourself, with perhaps some health issues. Sound about right? You are not the only one. It happens to a lot of us.
Now you have decided that it is time to shed the weight. So you go for one of these easy, quick-fix products. One of two things is going to happen.
One possible outcome is that you do lose some weight, but then what? Are you going to use these products forever? Probably not. So it is highly likely that you will put the weight back on. After all, you have not changed your lifestyle, which we have agreed is probably how you got there in the first place, right?
The more likely outcome is that you do not lose weight, so you have wasted a bunch of money and now you feel even worse. So you either give up or you move on to the next quick fix.
So I submit this to you for your consideration. CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE! Being healthy and fit is a lifelong commitment, but it does not matter when you start. Think of it as a "rest of your life" commitment. Getting healthy requires just as much effort as everything else in your life. Presumably you did not graduate high school and get a job as a CEO of a Fortune 500 company the next day. Getting married and having kids takes work. It is time to take ownership of your health. Earn it.
Now I do not advocate going "cold turkey". Making drastic and abrupt changes will likely result in failure just as much as the quick-fixes. Make incremental changes. Go for a 20-minute walk. If you have a donut every day with your morning coffee, two days a week swap it out with a banana. I think you will find that taking baby steps to make permanent changes will be far more effective and rewarding than the drive-through method that companies promote just to make a buck off of you.
Can these "miracle" products help you lose weight quickly without changing your lifestyle? It is possible I suppose, in isolated cases, but that does not mean that you should use them. Asbestos is a great insulator and look where that got us.
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