If you look at all the advertising and popular products out there in the market you'll see that the vast majority of them offer some amazing results in very quick timescales. On the surface this seems like a great deal. You only have to work for a small period of time to get your results, then you can get back to living your life how you used to. However, in our experience this way of working has some drawbacks. The sudden change of lifestyle and routine can be difficult to adjust to. Changing a number of things at once can be a tall order, even for the most committed. It can add extra stress and worry to your life and be challenging to complete. The biggest problem we see however is the fact it doesn't really help you change habits, and in our experience that's key.
We often see people making that sudden change of lifestyle to get their results. We see some not able to handle the stress and not complete their goal, but we also see a number of them reach their targets. Next is maintenance. Maintaining the results you've achieved is tough. Especially if you've not been able to change you habits as you've progressed. A month of going hard in the gym and not eating any of those 'treats' is tough but you'll get results. When you drop the sessions a little or allow some of those treats back into your diet (which will happen eventually - you can't go 100 miles an hour forever!) you start to regress and can end up back where you started pretty quickly.
How about trying it a different way. How about making some slower, gradual changes in your lifestyle and diet that lead to changing habits and become the norm? If you've tried being the hare and going at it full pelt but not been able to maintain your results then try being the tortoise! Increase your workouts and workout intensity, but do it gradually. Change your diet to a more healthy one, but do it one thing at a time. Sure this way may mean you have a period of change from 6 months to a couple of years (depending on how big the change you're after is) but it's sustainable. You allow your mind and body to get used to one change before implementing another. This way the changes you make become habit and become the norm. Once you've finished you program of change there's no need to revert back to a different way of living because you've taken the time to change what's normal for you.
Some people work well and get results they can maintain being the hare. Some really struggle. Some people will get great results and maintain them being the tortoise. What we'd like you to take away today is that there is another option. If you always try one of these then try being the other for a while. It's all about finding what works for you and sticking with it.
We hope it's been interesting today and has opened your eyes to new ways of approaching change. Leave your comments below on how you get on!