The Health Dogmas
I have been threatening to write this for a while now and just have not created the time. So this is me finally sitting down and writing this!!
One of my beliefs as a healthcare practitioner is to stay "ahead" of the game with regard to best available evidence and best available practices to ensure that my patients receive the current and best advice for their health (be it for pain, general health, diet or exercise). However, with the slue of information available at our fingertips on a daily basis, it is often difficult to ascertain as to what the best way forward is concerning our health. Additionally, there are many charlatans claiming "the next best thing"... Add this all up and you can be left in quite a conundrum!!
What I have also come to realise with the vast availability of this information is how dogmatic people are with regard to their "solution"! Presenting a "try this and you guaranteed to lose weight in x days" or " 6 pack abs in just three minutes a day!" In all honesty, it's all a load of BS and many of these companies, individuals etc are praying on your vulnerability and the constant need of instant gratification. There are an array of different eating programmes (diet plans) from ketogenic to vegetarian to paleo or types of exercise (crossfit, yoga, plates, cardio, weight training) that all have their role to play.
The truth is there is no quick fix to your health, no magic pill or exercise routine that transforms your body in just 14 days. What we all need to realise is that building something that is worth your while takes an extraordinary amount of time. The question is... How much are prepared to put in to get those just rewards? I also believe that when we set out on our health journey we believe that there is some sort of end point (I really do not like the word diet!) that when it's finished we can go back to how things were! Unfortunately, when it comes to our health there is not end point and we all need to think long term (and really long term!).
So when you make a change, do it in a way that you can consistently follow through on regularly. And do not beat yourself up when you fall off the wagon for a day or two... we are only human and are allowed to indulge on the odd occasion. That's why it is important to stick to something that we can maintain. It ensures compliance and you gain an infinite amount of credibility with yourself!
So make wise choices, choices that can be followed through with regularly. Additionally, you may need to try a number of different options until you find the one that works for YOU!