Quick Fix Diet Mentality
In our busy world, the quick fix diet mentality is rife. It’s common to want a quick fix to our current problem so we choose the quick fix diet, we take a pill for a headache, and we have a drink to numb a stressful day.
Many years ago, when my body broke down, being an athlete with a desire to get back into sport as quickly as possible, that was exactly what I wanted. I went to sports professionals and presumed they would be able to ‘fix’ me or at least tell me what was wrong. However, no one knew what was wrong and once I realised there was no quick fix diet, pill or solution that worked, I made a decision to focus on a longer term solution. I changed my perspective and decided that if I simply focused on being healthy, it would eventually happen. Little did I realise that by giving up the quick fix diet mentality, I would transform every area of my life in the most amazing ways, and have opportunities appear that I had never dreamt of.
Why do we fail to stick to long term solutions and have the quick fix diet mentality?
We are programmed to seek instant gratification. We want the reward now, not at some unquantifiable time in the future, and it becomes hard to keep focused on the distant future. We get distracted and along the way, our inner saboteurs come and pull us off path, or we give up on ourselves. What about you? Have you ever gone looking for a quick fix? What results did you get in the long term? How many missed future opportunities and unseen destinies have gone undiscovered because of our desire for a quick fix? The definition of a quick fix , according to the Cambridge Dictionary is:-
something that seems to be fast and easy solution to a problem but is in fact not very good or will not last long.
Here is what happens with the quick fix diet mentality. Perhaps you have been on a diet?
- Around 95% of diets fail
- Most people put back the weight back on
- Many people put even more weight on
- This creates feelings of failure, disappointment and faded belief.
- Some people give up
- Some people eventually go on another diet.
- The cycle continues.
Commonly called yo yo dieting. Get the picture?
One of the problems of a quick fix diet, is that deep down we feel deprived and we unconsciously or consciously focus on all the things we can no longer have. What we focus on expands and as I wrote in the article Persistence is Futile, what we resist persists. Ultimately, we cave in to the things we know we shouldn’t have, fail and give up.
As the very definition of a quick fix is that it doesn’t last, a simple answer is to change our perception by changing our thoughts. On the one hand we think that a six week quick fix diet will be an easy option (until we give it a go.) Eating sensibly for the long term, and exercising regularly are portrayed as difficult when in fact they aren’t.
What if we changed our thinking and decided to focus on living healthy right now and focused on taking small steps every day, with one eye on the long term vision?
Going for a walk probably doesn’t seem like a quick fix to lose weight or get healthy, yet it is neither difficult or expensive. How easy is it to walk ten or twenty minutes a day? It helps our bones, muscles, heart, lungs and brain and enhances our overall physical health. Drinking water may not seem like a quick fix to increase health, yet switching to water instead of a soft drink is neither difficult or expensive. Choosing an apple instead of a piece of cake isn’t difficult either. There are no negative side effects either – only positive ones! What if you changed your thinking and chose to believe it was easy to make healthy choices? What if you banished the quick fix diet mentality forever? Imagine the long term results you could create instead?
I love the simple philosophy that Jeff Olsen talks about in his great book ‘The Slight Edge.’ It’s easy to do and its easy not to do.’
‘It’s easy to walk ten minutes a day.’ ‘It’s easy to choose healthy foods. ‘It’s easy to take small steps every day.’
Consider the results you could create by simply changing your thinking and changing your words?
So, let go of the quick fix diet mentality. Change your thinking, change your perspective. Embrace the three simple words ‘it’s easy to…’ and see your long term results skyrocket exponentially. Maybe even transform your life? All photos courtesy of Shutterstock
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