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Is Your Finger in a Dike? How the Dutch Boy* is like your Quick Fix Diet or Fad Fitness Plan
The Dutch Boy is folklore; a story about a boy who plugged a hole in a dike (dam) with his finger*.
Here comes the new year! This is when everyone gets their commercialism hustle on. With that comes the hype diet challenges and weight loss gimmicks. Shakes, pills, supplements, procedures blady blah blah. Close your eyes! Someone will schlep out that visual aid plastic blobbo of fat, like the one Oprah wagon wheeled out years ago. Wash our brains after looking at that chunk of yellow goo!
- If someone hasn’t battled with weight, there might be a lot of experience they don’t have.
- If someone has never had an issue with weight, they might eat like a trash can and stay visibly slim-ish (but who knows what’s going on inside!).
- If someone is living on pharmaceuticals, hormones, diet soda and gum, how can they speak on nutrition?
My observation over the years;
Let’s pretend Al joins a gym. Al comes in overweight. He starts training with that ripped hot guy who is always drinking an energy drink from a soda can. Will the toxic contents of that can fuel a workout?
Next thing you know Al is also drinking that crappy drink. Then Al starts shrinking, and looking sucked up.
Other members start to notice… “Wow, have you seen Al, he’s looking so lean”.
I’m thinking “Gaunt is not lean” and “Um, well…but how do you know he’s not on drugs, starving out, or taking pills, or ?”
Anyone can observe a few “Al’s” at any fitness location, especially during the new year.
Yes I’ve also done a zillion of those fad ideas back in the day-I understand wanting the quick fix, I do.
Sad to report, right after the Superbowl, often the Al types will blow up “POOF”, and gain a ton of weight back.
Reminds me of the Dutch Boy..he plugged the hole in the dam with his finger. What happens if he pulls his finger from that dam?
Just like the potential flood, “Lean Wow Al” can end up with a marshmallow man body, puffier than the year before.
The body will gain it all back and then some from whatever quick fix was recommended.
I lived this extreme yo yo for about fifteen years before I learned the Michele the Trainer way.
Extreme yo yo, I’m certain, caused my crash to obesity when I “POOFED” to over 300 lbs.
There is a more delicious less consequential approach.
*If you’ve never heard the Dutch boy folklore, read it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Brinker,_or_The_Silver_Skates
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