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Why Short Term Fixes Are A Waste Of Time

Why Short Term Fixes Are A Waste Of Time

Any quick fix, that encourages you to bury your head in the sand and ignore the main problem will always come back to haunt you.

How can you address the issue if you’re not fixing the root cause? There are plenty of events in our lives that see this exact situation occur. Many people are looking for instant gratification, an overnight solution and a relief from lives problems without having to do anything.

Lets take a look at some of those situations below. Quick Fixes With Lasting Consequences :

Get Rich Quick Schemes

Money simply doesn’t work in this way. It takes years and years of hard-work and dedication to establish a secure money generating platform that will make you rich and support you in future years.

If someone is promising huge profits overnight then ignore them. The only time overnight money is possible is when you jump on a trend before everyone else, or have foundations already in place to take advantage of an opportunity when it arises.

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Facial Reconstructing

This includes braces, occasionally plastic surgery and Botox. Your face is determined by facial posture, oral posture, head posture and lifestyle/habits. If you have braces put on, but your diet consists of soft foods, your mouth posture isn’t correct and you tend to let your mouth hang open often, then the problems will resurface once the braces are off, your teeth will gradually go back to being crooked.

It’s like putting makeup on a terrible skin. The makeup is a temporary fix but a terrible diet and lifestyle is causing the terrible skin in the first place so it’ll remain afterwards.

Liposuction

This is such a popular quick fix. This is for those people who are too weak to diet and exercise. They get the liposuction, lose the fat and feel as though they’ve achieved. Yet they abuse this situation because it took such little work, go back to their old lifestyle and pile it back on again.

Starving Yourself

People trying to get in shape sometimes opt for the starving themselves strategy as a quick fix. But this simply changes the body to have a lower metabolism and other complications. Once they get bored of their drastic diet they go back to their previous lifestyle and their weight increases more than ever. Their body adapted to deal with small amounts of food, went into panic mode and jumped at the chance to store fat once it became available again.

Steroids

This is popular among men who want to add muscle but can’t seem to get the formula right. In the short term they get the results they require and quickly. Overtime however, they begin to develop injuries, side effects and health risks.

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The trade-off between having muscles and being healthy simply isn’t worth it. Instead keep learning about fitness, keep testing and stick with it. Eventually you’ll get there with your health intact.

Hair Transplants

Just look at footballer Wayne Rooney if you need evidence for this one. Wayne lost all of his hair, had a transplant and thought everything was fixed. However anyone can clearly see that he’s loosing it again.

Why is this happening? Because the reason he was losing his hair in the first place is still apparent, it hasn’t been addressed but rather covered up.

The Doctors tell Wayne that he’ll need regular top-ups in order to maintain his new hair, but in reality they’re just putting newspaper on-top of newspaper to cover up spilled milk.

Energy Drinks

This is how so many people get their kick in the mornings. It works just like coffee. Your body gets a huge sugar and caffeine boost and thus energy boost when you didn’t actually have any energy.

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We’ve already said everything that should concern you. You’re getting energy that you don’t have! This is dangerous. Once the effects of the drink wear off you’ll be even more tired than before and have probably caused some level of damage to your body.

If you’re running on fake energy, then eventually your body is going to crash. It’s tired for a reason, either your lifestyle isn’t great, your diet is poor or you simply need to sleep. Perhaps it’s all three. Whatever it is, do it naturally, forget the energy boosts.

Short term loans

You need money for this weekend but you don’t have it. What do you do? Well most people take out a short term loan or borrow money from a friend. But this is a very short lived advantage. You’re going to pay this money back next week/month and be in the same boat again. For a lot of people this ends up becoming a lifestyle, they spend at the beginning of the month, struggle at the end, then borrow money to get them through.

If you want to get out of this situation, then you need to start sacrificing or cutting back on your current spending in which ever way possible. Sometimes life asks you to take 10 steps backwards before it lets you move forward once again.

Conclusion

Chopping the head off the weed won’t get rid of the problem, it’ll just grow back later on. Stop burying your head in the sand and start addressing the true problems in your life.

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If you’re low on energy, then there’s a reason why.

If you’re continuously broke then you’re not living right.

If you keep crash dieting but seem to gain more weight afterwards then it’s time to put the real work in.

Find the root cause, stop being lazy, the results will come.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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