"Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go." –William Feather
For the most part, I believe we’ve become a nation of people who want and expect instant gratification. From economic recovery to travel time to weight loss–patience doesn’t enter the equation. We want results and we want them now. I’m guilty of it–it’s hard not to be in this high-tech day and age. However, I often remind myself that anything worth doing is worth doing well and typically that means time and effort.
A healthy body is an ongoing process, it’s not something that can be ignored and then created overnight. Take weight loss as an example. I have found that most people who are obese did not get that way from one overindulgent splurge. Rather, they consistently, over time, made unhealthy food choices and lived an inactive lifestyle. So I’m rather baffled when I’ve seen friends become frustrated when they don’t lose a lot of weight quickly. Or if they do lose the weight, they seem to have a difficult time keeping it off by using "crash" diets or reverting back to unhealthy eating habits.
Research has shown that the smarter and more effective weight loss strategy is to change poor eating habits into healthy ones and incorporate daily activity into your lifestyle [Read Article]. From my experience, those who embark on this method will lose weight at a slower pace than those who opt for fasting, diet pills or extreme diet plans, but they are much more successful in keeping their weight off long term.
Likewise, if you’ve been told by your doctor that your cholesterol levels are high, most likely you’ve also been told that a quick or temporary fix isn’t going to solve the problem. Some people think they can switch their diets from those high in fat to a healthier version for a while until levels drop, and then resume their unhealthy habits once again. It doesn’t work that way, which is why your doctor will want you to have a long-term plan. We hear time and again that in order to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, blood pressure levels, blood sugar levels, etc. you must be committed to living a healthy lifestyle, one that includes a healthy diet rich in fruits and veggies and makes physical activity a priority.
If you are contemplating making a change–whether it’s to lose weight, to eat better or to be healthier in general–I challenge you to do it the right way. Start by taking our More Matters Pledge. We can help you succeed and while it won’t happen overnight, it will be a change that will last and make a huge difference in the quality of your life going forward.