I’m pretty sure you’ve seen them advertised by ripped AF fitness fanatics across social media. You know those 12-week transformation programmes that guarantee results? Well, they don’t really work and here is why…Okay, so that might be a bit harsh, they do work and they are really effective when followed correctly. The problem isn’t during the transformation programme, it’s the after. I’ve been part of numerous transformation challenges and had success every time, but the first few times I tried this flash fitness concept, I failed as soon as it was over.
Here is the thing though, everyone does because they mistake 12-weeks of work as the be all and end all of their journeys. Spoiler alert, that isn’t the end of your weight loss ambitions. I’ve seen this over and over again, and myself have to deal with this fitness failure, the weight gain when the challenges stop. This isn’t because the programmes aren’t good or that the trainers are terrible at their jobs, it’s because we think that we can go crazy again when the challenge stops.
I know that I’m guilty of this. I look back at pictures of myself a year ago and fondly remember shopping for a size 8 and feeling like a deprived, fitness zombie. But damn, I looked so great. Then the challenge ended and I felt a sigh of relief because I could be a human again. How flawed is that mindset? Then there is the willpower shaming that happens because you want to eat normal food (I did this to myself a lot). I would break myself down because I couldn’t eat another piece of hake, and still cannot bring myself to have hake and broccoli meals. So is it really any surprise that I’ve gained weight?
That’s a no. I’m hardly surprised, a little bummed out but not surprised at all. That’s because I thought my flash fitness was all that I’d need to achieve my goals, and while it was partially correct, I didn’t do it properly.
See, the thing is accountability. You’re accountable for maintaining the weight you lose, it isn’t your trainer’s fault that you can’t keep off the weight. It is your responsibility not to binge on cakes and treats when your “diet” ends, and it’s up to you to stick to the plan. All these 8-week challenges really do is give you the tools you need to succeed, what you do with these tools after the challenge is over is up to you. Personally, I should have used my after a little wiser than I did, but that is my lesson to learn.
I’ve learned that I need to be kinder to myself, but also more disciplined. I’m older now and it’s easier for me to gain weight, also my hormones are all over the place and I can’t deal. I also know that I need to eat healthy meals, not sparingly. Depriving your body of food might work in the short-term, but long-term damage goes beyond just regaining weight again.
What lesson will you learn from a flash challenge? Have you ever participated in a transformation challenge? What was your outcome? I love hearing from you, so leave your thoughts in the comments below. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more real talk, snappy snaps and fun.
Until next time.