The Remedy for Quick Fix Culture and How to Have Lasting Success

October 21, 2021 by
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For the most part, we can get anything we want within 24 hours simply by clicking a “buy now” button. We are conditioned for instant gratification and that extends into our relationships, careers, fitness, and health. Advertisers are smart. They know this. Hell, they created this. You can’t throw a rock without hitting an advertisement for a new quick fix, magic bullet, lifestyle hack, or get-rich-quick scheme. And worse, we allow ourselves to be convinced that people are actually getting results this way.

The truth is very much the opposite. Not to be annoyingly cliché, but good things take time.

Out of the roughly 1 million papers that have been published in nutrition, only a small fraction, maybe even only a few hundred are large, high quality randomized trials or properly done meta analyses. One of those studies out of Stanford in 2018 found that the best diet for health is one that can be stuck to. That’s it. Sticktoitveness matters more than macros, ketones, feeding windows, or food timing. Successful diets over the long haul are the ones that involve slow and steady changes and stop feeling like diets at all.

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