Drama here. Drama there. Our favorite tv shows sensationalize pretty much everything, which is what keeps us tuning in, right? Then there are the histrionics associated with social networking (ugh!) when multitudes of people can partake in one person's dramatic post. Books, magazines, advertising, the evening news, and yes, even nutrition and exercise have drama. Drama riles us up, makes us lash out, increases stress, and can even make us angry.
The latest fitness craze, for example, is all about extreme sports and extreme workouts (which come with some pretty extreme injuries, as well). Fad diets have always been known for their (promised) dramatic effect: Lose 25 lbs. Immediately! Eat THIS to Lose Unwanted Pounds! Don't Eat THAT if Want to be Healthy! Be the Skinniest Person on the Planet by Friday!
Why the drama? Well, obviously, advertisers know what makes many of us tick. Apparently we thrive on stress. When it comes to exercise and nutrition, we want to experience that 'dramatic effect'. We want the promised results: weight loss, gaining muscle, achieving a certain look, fitting into that dress ... And we want it FAST!
However, you don't have to take extreme measures to achieve your desired results. Aside from the detrimental effects on your well-being, drama can make you believe things that aren't true. Before you get sucked in to unrealistic claims or overstated results, take a deep breath and ask yourself if this claim is true or is it a strategy being employed to get me to do something (react, purchase, join in)?
- Fad diets don't work because we're all bio-individuals, with various dietary needs. There is no one-size-fits-all. However, you CAN learn which type of foods work best for you.
- Extreme workouts aren't for every BODY! It's important to find activities that you enjoy and that work for you. Yes, you have to work, but it doesn't have to be extreme.
My advice as a health & wellness coach is to skip the drama - in whatever form it rears its ugly head. You'll be way better off without it.
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