Most people have the desire to improve their bodies and self image, and this takes a commitment to a structured plan of attack. It would be impossible to list all the many weight loss trends that have come and gone throughout human existence. It seems that new and different fads are popping up around the globe on a consistent basis. There are weightloss shakes and programs and fasts and pills. There is an endless supply of workout equipment and videos, etc. What makes such constant change necessary and what are the driving forces behind these trends?
Societyâ€™s Fluctuating View of Perfection
At one point our society considered a woman beautiful if she was soft and curvy. Then stick thin was the new craze, causing women all over the world to nearly give up eating all together. Donâ€™t even get me started on the tapeworm trend. From one extreme to another, there is a constant pressure from society to look and be whatever the picture of perfection is at that particular moment. This constant fluctuation leaves the rest of us, men and women included, left trying to keep up, making us more prone to jump in and blindly follow whatever new trend pops up in a fit of desperation and a desire to be beautiful. Luckily, it seems that these days perfection comes in the form of a healthy muscular fit and toned body.
Our Constant Need for Change
We are human, we get bored. We have a constant need for change that drives us to be in constant pursuit of something new and exciting to challenge us. This need not only applies to our lives as a whole, but more specifically our workout routines. When motivation begins to wane, usually you can find a new burst of energy and interest if you simply switch up your specific activities. This craving for variety creates a constant market for new ideas and trends no matter how off the wall they may seem.
Cash in on a Constant Market
In any market, when there is a constant demand for a product, there will always be those opportunists who are looking to cash in on it. When it comes to health and fitness, the situation is no different. Because of the amount of money that stands to be made by persons with businesses related to this field, the consumer needs to be particularly careful to make sure and research whatever new workout routine, fitness equipment or supplement they are interested in trying out. Just because it is on the market does not mean it was developed by a professional or has been inspected and deemed safe for use. Always consult your physician to make sure it is safe before starting a new workout routine or beginning any new weightloss trend such as diet pills or a fast.
Reaching a Plateau
Inevitably when you are following a specific diet or workout routine, you will reach a point called a plateau where your body has become used to the particular regime and stops responding, putting a halt to you getting results. This is natureâ€™s way of telling you to change it up and try something new. When this need for change in routine happens naturally, other options are necessary. Then again there is the law of supply and demand. Due to the natural need, there will always be a demand for new trends to try out.
Scientific and Health Knowledge Development
There is constant development in the knowledge that we have about how our bodies operate and respond to physical exercise. In the same respect, there are constant developments in the areas of equipment and diets that are healthier and better for managing weight loss and muscle toning. With all the new updates and knowledge, the workout industry, just like the industry of technology, continues to grow daily and makes leaps and bounds from year to year. What we know today is nothing compared to what we will know a year from now; and when it comes to your body, why wouldnâ€™t you want to operate using the most up-to-date knowledge and equipment?
Your body is your temple. Treat it well. It is wonderful to be one to make the effort to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Make sure that when doing so, you donâ€™t just jump on the bandwagon and follow each new trend because it seems fun and cool and can give you quick results. Check with your doctor and find what is safe and works best for you, and go for it.
Janet Lynch works withÂ diet food delivery vendor Chef’s Diet. She is also a dedicated writer on a handful of family and health blogs.