If It’s Too Good…

by Dr. Steven J. Callis

TV ads usually do not catch my attention, but this one did: “Lose weight without exercise and eat all you want.”  Now that is my kind of weight-loss plan!  You may be among the 90% of Americans whose New Year’s resolution is health-related.  The national survey conducted by MorningStar Farms reported that more than two-thirds of New Year’s resolutions specifically center on weight loss.  The findings also revealed that 88% of those surveyed admitted failing in their quest, most of those within the first 3 months.

This TV ad targeted such persons!  Conducting a brief internet search, I found several websites with the same claim: Lose weight without exercise and eat all you want.  One site reported that, “Overweight, sedentary people who spent a week at an elevation of 8,700 feet lost weight while eating as much as they wanted and doing no exercise. A month after they came back down, they had kept two-thirds of those pounds off.” 

Another ad for losing weight without exercise touted a special belt to be worn around the waist while sitting still.  The belt has multiple settings and is designed to pulsate against the tummy for 15-30 minutes each session.  In other words, it is doing the workout for you!

Well, like they say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!  Most experts will tell you that the most effective and permanent way to lose weight is proper diet and proper exercise.  Many people suffer because upon reaching their desired weight loss, they stop dieting and return to life as usual.  Proper weight maintenance for most people, however, is a continual process – a daily, or at least weekly monitoring of food consumption: what, when, and how much.  In other words, the process never ends!  It must be a lifestyle of eating right foods and following a proper exercise routine.

The same can be said of most things in life.  Family counselors contend that marriage requires work, effort.  Why?  Because the relationship grows and changes with the passages of life and surrounding circumstances.  There is a continual monitoring and adjusting in a relationship.  This also is true about your occupation, your friendships – even your church.  In terms of life in this world, most of our time is spent on the journey rather than at the destination.  There is no easy answer, no quick fix.  We must determine to develop good habits and right priorities, an ongoing process of daily living.  At the heart of it all, we must allow those things that matter most, those things of highest value to us, to serve as our compass and purpose for living.  As for me and my household, we will serve the living God.

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