Information overload leads dieters astray
In the information age, it’s easy to get confused with all the diet and fitness information available. In my experience, I see people wasting efforts focusing on things that have little to do with weight loss and not working hard enough on the things that matter most.
To help put things in perspective, let me use a little analogy. Let’s say your car is not running right and sounds like it may need some serious engine work. You decide to surf the net looking for possible solutions. You discover better fuels, lubricants and filters to improve the car’s performance.
Immediately, you go to the auto parts store to purchase the suggested items and while you are there you also get air freshener, AmorAll and car wax. You replace all the lubricants, fill up on high-quality gas, and detail your car. To your surprise, when you crank the car it spits and sputters just like it always has. Although your car looks like new, the issue is still not resolved and you are out more money.
This is how people often approach weight loss. They forget the real issue and get distracted by, what I call, “fluff”. They start off searching for the solution to their problem and get sidetracked with tips and tricks to enhance performance – not fix the problem. Even when they need a pro, they still try to figure it out on their own, nickel and diming themselves to death with quick fix gimmicks and shortcuts that don’t deliver.
For example, a woman asked me about the importance of flaxseed oil in her diet, when she needed to focus on reducing calories first. Although taking supplements is helpful, they don’t resolve the weight issue.
Another example is the person starting a new fitness plan who dives into websites searching for the magical exercise. Many people are under the impression they can exercise the fat away, but that rarely works. Instead, they just spend a lot of energy doing a million crunches trying to lose their belly fat when all the get is rock hard abs hidden under a their spare tire.
Another distraction is all the cool fitness gadgets. Pedometers, for instance, may help you feel better about your activity but that’s about it. Again, this may enhance your workout, but a pedometer doesn’t help you lose weight.
You can dress cool, have all the fancy toys, eat healthy, and take supplements – and still be overweight. The focus must be on calories in vs. calories out. I know that doesn’t sound near as fun as shiny new fitness toy but it’s the truth. Keep your eye on what matters most and don’t let the fluff lead you astray.