I’ve been on every fad diet imaginable over the years and there’s one thing they all have in common – THEY DON’T WORK! How many of you have bought into diet pills or other “guaranteed” methods of weight loss? If you raised your hand, the next fact is going to surprise you. Americans spend over $60 billion a year on weight loss products. $60 billion! And you thought eating healthy food was expensive.

I don’t care what any of these products say, there is NO quick fix for weight loss! You have to put in the work, which is why so many people fail at weight loss. We get lazy and look for a miracle pill that’s going to melt the fat away. No matter where you look, you’re never going to find it. Stop spending your hard earned money on fad diets and invest in YOURSELF. How do you do that?

You start by realizing that you DESERVE to take time for yourself. Your health should be your top priority and these fad diets are wreaking havoc on your health. Diet pills, for example, aren’t good for your heart and can increase your blood pressure. When you yo-yo diet, you lose fat and muscle, but, when you re-gain the weight, you actually gain more. Stop doing this to yourself!

Instead of wasting your money on fly-by-night fads, invest in a good pair of running/walking shoes and budget more for groceries so you can buy healthy foods. Weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. Yep, you read that right. On July 27, 2015, I was 278 pounds and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I was put on metformin and lost more than 60 pounds in 6 months (weight loss is a side effect of the medication). At my 6 month check up, I was taken off the metformin and, within a year, I gained back all but 20 pounds. Why? Because I didn’t fully commit to changing my lifestyle.

It all starts with committing to making a change and always following through. That’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but it’s the one thing that will literally save your life. Trust me – I know. As of February 1, I’ve fully committed myself to getting healthy. At my last visit with the doctor, I was 259 pounds. I’m currently 196 pounds and I feel amazing!

There’s been no medication, no fad diets, no strict programs, no special food. It’s just been me, my Skechers GoRun shoes, my FitBit, the Lose It app, lots of lean protein, and all the fruits and veggies I can get.

Brace Yourself There is NO Quick FIx