Why your 'transformation' diet won't pay off in the long run

Leanne Shorter promotes the importance of adding to your health bank as she works out by the beach.
Leanne Shorter promotes the importance of adding to your health bank as she works out by the beach. Contributed

IN MY line of work, I come across people who are forever trying to lose weight.

The sad thing is, they have previously lost weight, and then put it back on (plus some more), and now they are starting to lose weight all over again.

This is the "Yo-Yo diet" dilemma.

There are so many "quick fixes" advertised on social media at the moment.

You can get a 30-day challenge to do just about anything.

A bikini body in five weeks, a total body transformation in 12 and the promise of rapid weight loss if you eat like a caveman, or better still, don't eat at all - just drink meal replacements.

No wonder we find it so hard to know what to do.

Personally I have never been on any of these "diets" or "transformation" exercise programs.

I'd like to share with you what I know to be the only way to be healthy and stay healthy.

It is not a "quick fix" and it's not trendy or glamorous, but it works.

If you wanted to make money, would you go to someone who had made a fortune and then lost it all, or would you go to someone who had made some money and continues to make money day in and day out?

Of course you would ask the advice of the guy who has the money and has kept it - so why do so many people do the opposite with their health?

To use the money analogy again: your health is like a bank account.

You just need to keep putting little bits in the bank consistently to grow your balance.

With your health, you need to do a bit of regular exercise and eat mostly healthy on a consistent basis.

The more you are consistent with your saving, the more money you have.

If you neglect your bank account, the money disappears in taxes and account-keeping fees and then you have to start saving all over again.

The more you are consistent with your healthy lifestyle, the healthier you are.

If you neglect your health, you become unhealthy and overweight, and then you have to start all over again.

Every bit of activity you do, every healthy meal and snack you eat, adds to your health balance.

You don't have to be perfect all the time, but the more you add to your health balance, the healthier you will be.

I know we all want the quick fix, but it doesn't work.

Be consistent over the long term and you won't have to keep starting over and you won't need any "miracle" weight loss plans.


Leanne Shorter is a fitness trainer from Childers, Queensland

Topics:  dieting exercise health obesity weight loss

Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

'Trying to crush her': Woman's warning after snake attack

Eight-month-old Chia had a terrifying run in with a snake on Saturday night.

A woman shares her snake encounter to warn others.

Former deputy mayor dies

GREAT MAN: John Faircloth OAM died last week.

Faircloth loved the community

Mammino Ice Cream creator joyful to the end

THE FUN ONE: Anthony Mammino, pictured on his macadamia farm, was "always encouraging mischief”.

Family opens up on ice cream creator's lymphoma battle

Local Partners

What's on the small screen this week

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

STAR-studded Australia Day celebrations and fascinating docos.

Jennifer Aniston wants to return to TV

Jennifer Aniston is desperate to make a return to TV

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

New Coastline Realty owners have wealth of experience

COASTLINE REALTY: Emma Bauer and Charlie Winten.

Passion, strong local knowledge and a commitment to the local region

Bundaberg market set for "steady growth” in 2017

CoreLogic property statistics reveal the region's median house price dropped 9.6% to $249,000 and the median unit price fell 10.2% to $260,500 in the September quarter.

Region's median house price drops 9.6% to $249,000 in three months

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!