Wishful thinking is what most of us do when it comes to our weight, body shape, health and fitness. So how many of us have fantasized looking like George Clooney, Matt Damon, Deepika, Katrina and so on? Come on, out with it! It’s another thing that if we hear about their fitness regimens, we will faint. But of course, it’s the end result that is seen most often not the consistent hard work that is put in.
I have had loads of friends who have given up – some within a month, some in 3 months, some in 6 months and some others who lasted a year. Forget friends, there were times when I felt the same before I understood that my approach was all wrong.
I can’t think of an epiphany when I modified my approach. I just remember that being interested in health and nutrition, I read a lot. I learned through trial and error. I also consulted real dieticians and trainers and did some online courses and that is when I actually understood more about our bodies, the food we take in, the exercise we need to do and the myths around dieting.
Diet as a word means your food intake. How truly sad then that we associate ‘dieting’ as starving or greatly reducing our food intake. While a balanced diet is quite the opposite of that. In fact, why should you punish your body at all? If she has gained on a lot of weight or looks unseemly, is it her fault? Remember how she has made you sail through every crisis in your life – all those late nights, binge sessions, drinking, partying. She put up with your excesses and gave you the best of what she was capable of. And now you want to curse her and also deprive her of food while expecting her to give you an hourglass figure or a muscular body. Tch tch
It is only wishful thinking that leads us to set unrealistic goals when it comes to fitness and health. You took some years to pile on that weight so how can you magically expect to lose it all in a few weeks? If a trainer or dietician promises you that, steer clear of them. We all know that weight lost in this manner will almost always be gained back.
So, get real. Seek professional help and guidance for any weightloss/health related goals. Also be ready to be in this for the long run. An organized, realistic and regular approach will see you transform wishful thinking into tangible results.
This is my entry for Day 6 “wishful thinking” prompt in Blog-A-Thon by Blog-A-Rhythm.
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