Diet Clubs - we've all heard of them and i'm sure that we all know someone that has been a part of them. i'm here to discuss the pro's and con's of diet clubs so that you can work if they're right for you.
On the one hand...
Diet clubs offer accountability, support, a community and a sense of belonging. they make you feel secure and like you are doing the right thing.
The fact that they offer you accountability means you will more than likely achieve your fat loss goals. it’s quite possibly the biggest thing that will make sure you stick to your exercise and diet plan.
The support aspect is also an incredible tool as you always have someone to talk to, someone to ask and someone that can offer advice when you are struggling.
A community helps when you are struggling or losing motivation. knowing that there is a community of other people that are going through or have been through the same emotions as you is incredible. This is because you can help each other get that motivation back and you have multiple people you can look at for inspiration and guidance.
Because everyone in your group is in the same boat this makes you feel like you belong at the club, working together to help each other reach your own goals. you also feel secure and like you are doing the right thing as you are surrounded by people who feel the same and are working hard to achieve similar goals.
On the Other hand...
The problem with these clubs is a huge one and it’s the reason they fail you. if you have had to re-do a weight loss club, if you have had to try something else after the weight loss club to lose weight then by definition it hasn't worked and it has failed you. Whether you agree with that or not, by definition it’s a fact. I’m sorry to tell you.
the big problem is their knowledge, it’s horrific and potentially doing more harm than good. a lot of the representatives fat shame and I have heard multiple people speak about how they were made to feel that if they didn’t lose weight or even if they did that they were still obese. their knowledge that a mashed banana is somehow different to a whole banana is insane. Not to mention the concept of ‘syn-free’ pasta and rice, possibly the things that people are most likely to overeat.
But this isn’t even the most damaging thing. the most damaging thing is that most of them will help you lose weight but then leave you with no habit changes, no understanding on how you lost weight and no understanding of the importance of changing your mindset. They don't educate you to think positively about your body or yourself, so that you don’t go back to stress eating, eating out of boredom, or eating because you don’t feel like you're worth anything. these are the reasons I hear people say that the club representative hasn’t the foggiest how to deal with stuff like that, neither does a crap PT. this is why you should invest properly in your health. this doesn’t mean you should just plough your money into any health product, you should invest your time and do your research on PT’s, products, clubs etc.
So if you are happy to go through the motions, lose weight then put it back on and then lose weight and then put it back on and end up spending hundreds or even thousands of pounds on clubs, shakes, pills and powders to lose weight then that is 100% your choice.
However, If you want real sustainable change then hire a GOOD personal trainer. we have a Facebook group for clients so they can support one and another and get all the help they need from past clients and current clients.
I’m a personal trainer, who actually cares about you, your health and your results. if you turn up on time and put in the effort, I will give you everything I can to succeed with results straight away but also make you learn how to change in the future. I will teach you the basic principles that mean you will never need to ‘diet’ again and you won’t need to waste money on shakes, pills etc.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post.
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