Welcome back to another edition of Luke attempting to blog! First thing is first, all I have to say is “wow!” I did not imagine that anyone would read a blog written by a guy who was sleep deprived and over caffeinated because his cat decided to have a meowing contest with herself at 2, 3, 4, AND 5 AM. However, 700 people viewed the page with my ranting on how society leaves out behavior change when it comes to fitness and its driving me up a wall. I was blown away from messages of support and how that first post has already changed the way others think entirely when it comes to their health. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can find it here:
So thank you for reading my ramblings and for supporting me in this new journey. Now its time for me to sip on some coffee, crank up my Taylor Swift cover songs, and bust out some more words to really make you think about your health and how to lose weight effectively.
You might be wondering what inspired me to start writing down my techniques when it comes to losing weight. Well, I’ll tell you. What inspired me to become the latest keyboard warrior on the topic of fat loss are the stories I hear from people who I see on a daily basis. I work for a wonderful organization filled with incredibly intelligent and talented people, yet I hear stories constantly on the struggles to lose weight. My friends and colleagues (and just people in general) are enamored with so much information today that you don’t know what to believe. The craziest part about it all? People know what to do to lose weight because its common sense. You do not need your Ph.D. to understand how to drop the pounds. Don’t believe me? Let me prove it to you right now:
Drinking Coke everyday will make you gain weight. You should be drinking water instead if you want to lose body fat.
I’ll just assume that everyone read that and was like, “Well, no shit.” Everyone (presumably) knows that Coke is a sugary carbonated calorie bomb while water has zero calories. Hell, even Coca-Cola knows that (what up Coke Zero). So it’s not uncommon to find this advice from fitness gurus, online fitness page creators, diet book authors, and more. So with this common sense advice in hand, people every now and again will rush out to buy fancy water bottles with a goal of finally replacing their signature caloric filled drink of choice with water. What happens 99% of the time? Most quit after a few days or weeks and they go back to buying their pick-me-up kind of sugar drink in the morning. Maybe... just maybe... quitting something cold turkey is not the way to go.
Going Cold Turkey
Fitness experts across the board always recommend that people who start trying to eat healthy go cold turkey when it comes to throwing out the junk food. There are some people in the fitness industry that I deeply, deeply respect and I still can’t agree with this logic of going cold turkey. I’ve seen far too many people fail at a task by choosing this method.
Case and point, think of a friend who tried to quit smoking going cold turkey. Chances are this person made a great effort in trying to quit, but caved in. I guaranteed this person didn’t say, “Ya know, smoking isn’t that bad for me. I think I’ll start doing it again!” Of course, smoking is incredibly serious and deadly over time. What realistically happened is that a situation, peer pressure, or losing a routine made this person want to go back to smoking (not to mention the addicting chemicals). I have a buddy who has tried to quit smoking numerous times, but the reason he kept going back is because his friends all smoke and he felt left out of his group. It’s this type of fixation, emotional attachment, and addiction with a product that keeps consumers coming back for more. So what on earth does quitting cold turkey with smoking have to do with your nutrition? Am I implying that foods and drinks are addicting in nature and that they are hard to quit on? I’m so glad you asked…