Turn on your TV or flip a page in a magazine and you’re sure to see the latest pill, potion or other gadget that promises to give you the body of your dreams in just days, minutes or even seconds. 

Yeah, right.  If all these fast tricks to weight loss worked, wouldn’t everyone be walking around extremely thin and having the body of their dreams overnight or in just minutes?

Listen up.  If there were any shortcuts, all personal trainers would be out of business and gyms would have to close their doors.  The truth is that if it took you five, 10 or 15 years to get to where you are today, how do you think you could possibly lose weight in two weeks, one week or even just one weekend?  

What those misleading TV commercials and magazine ads don’t tell you is that it takes a deficit of 500 calories a day over a period of a week to lose 1lb of fat a week.  The best way to do this is to split it up by exercising enough to burn 250 calories and cutting back on 250 calories.  Don’t skip meals either.  Going long periods without eating forces your metabolism to start to slow down for fear it will not get fed again.  Once you go back to regular eating, the weight comes back and then some.

It takes four things to make a difference in your body composition: healthier food choices, cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and mental focus.  You can have the best gym membership in town and the healthiest foods in your kitchen, but if you don’t have the mental focus you’re not going to use either one.  If you want to take it off and keep it off, you have to make small changes over a period of time that will last a lifetime, not 48 hours or even two weeks.

Cheryl Broughton is an author, professional speaker, fitness TV show host, Director of The Fitness Edge Boot Camp, Producer, Writer and Host of Cheryl Broughton’s Secret Weapons.

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