A Quick Fix?

Updated: Feb 9

Do you have a fire in your kitchen?

Quick! Grab the fire extinguisher!

It will make a mess, but who cares — you’ve got to get that fire put out ASAP!

There are times we need to take immediate action to avoid a catastrophe, even if this action creates other problems. Such as driving your car into a ditch to avoid a head-on collision.

There are plenty of other times when a quick fix just isn’t a good idea — because the problems it causes outweigh the problem you’re trying to fix.

OR, the quick fix is temporary, and you get the problem back again.

OR, the quick fix just doesn’t work.

Where do “diets” fall in the realm of quick fixes?

Well, being overweight isn’t a good situation, but it’s not an immediate, life-threatening emergency.

Most diets can help you lose weight temporarily — but they come with serious “side effects.”

When the focus is solely on weight loss, we’re likely to make food choices that actually harm our health — such as eating Atkins type diets, or keto diets. (I actually took this list from an ad online!)

And most diets require such deprivation that they can’t be sustained long-term.

Thus — when you achieve your weight loss goal, you “go off” your diet and begin eating the way that caused you to gain weight in the first place.

Also — in my personal experience, diets make you crazy! You can get obsessed about food — about your weight — about excessive exercise.