It’s not surprising, when people looking to shed some bulk google, “Help me to lose weight,” they will often be seduced by the many search results they receive telling them the fastest and easiest ways to do it.
Easy and best are two totally different things when it comes to weight loss.
And the fastest certainly does not equate to the best. But when you go surfing on the net in the hope of discovering the perfect solution, all you will find is claim after claim from a zillion different companies all professing to have the answer, which you can receive for just a few bucks, or in some cases hundreds.
It’s kind of deliciously ironic really, people getting fat off other people’s desire to lose fat. But that is what is happening to countless millions of overweight Americans every day. And that is exactly what happened to Julie.
Julie was 35 years old when she decided it was time to start looking after herself better. Not hideously overweight, but enough for her to be concerned, and Julie went online one night in search of a simple, but achievable plan to lose some weight...and ended up stumbling groggily from one fad diet to another.
Needless to say, they didn't work! They just left Julie feeling depressed and still overweight.
Julie tried them all – starvation diets, diet pills, soup diets, liquid diets – but none of them suited her. The starvation diets were far too punishing, diet pills, like the Alli, left Julie feeling blackmailed, the soup diet was just boring, and the diet featuring nothing but lemonade for two weeks was beyond belief!
“I didn't like the idea of being blackmailed by a pill, really from the get-go, or punishing my body with stupid starvation plans – but I went with it as the thought of losing weight was my real aim and these diets seemed the ideal answer to that quest at the time. But the longer I went on, the less I enjoyed being under the control of a drug or battling with my will power to stop me from eating. All of these didn't sit well in my mind. I felt I wasn't in control of my own body and that was a worry.”
So it was back to the Internet for Julie, with a new plan in her head.
“My experience taught me that quick-fix weight loss was not for me. I wanted to achieve a better balanced weight, and healthy way of eating altogether, something I could live with as part of my daily life, from day-to-day, week-to-week, year-to-year. I was after a proper diet plan that was long-lasting.”
“I was immediately struck by the idea of having a personal diet planner and the fact that it was online was even better because it meant I could sort everything out from home and not have to visit clinics or groups. It meant I could be in contact with my nutritionist when it suited me after work or at the weekends and have access to a real person to help me lose weight.”
And it was there that Julie learned the “best way” to lose weight.
“It was simple really,” says Julie, “set realistic goals, eat fewer calories, give up the sweet things like cakes, cookies, chips, and cut back on the fried chicken, and oils, and spreads, alter the foods you eat, have more vegetables, more fruit, more fiber, and less portion sizes. And combine it with regular exercise. But it was only easy because the team at changingshape.com helped me. I would never have been able to figure it out on my own.”
But many people do, especially with the Internet around making it easy for us to explore, and discover things for ourselves. Yet it is all too easy to become seduced by the promises offered by companies trying to lure us in with their wonderful, magical, exciting products or inducements to learn their ‘secrets’ or answers to questions such as, “What is the easiest way to lose weight.”
As far as Julie is concerned, the best way to lose weight is to go to a team of experts like changingshape.com for honest, reliable, professional, personalized planning and dieting.
“It’s far better in the long run and far more rewarding” says Julie, “than being blackmailed by a drug or bored to death by cabbage!”
Matthew Johnson (Google+) is a certified personal trainer, nutrition expert and an on-line fitness consultant that started ChangingShape.com back in 2001.