We love shortcuts, especially here in America. Why diet when you can cleanse? Why exercise when you've got the Shake Weight?
The truth is there are no shortcuts. My daughter Marissa once tried to use her Magic 8-Ball as a wishing machine. She would say something like, "Will I have a playdate with Anna this weekend?" But she quickly learned that the results didn't always come true.
However, there are optimal paths. Eating a low-carb diet can reduce your hunger and lead to gradual weight loss. A well-designed workout will deliver better results than randomly exercising.
You can't get out of doing the work, but you can figure out the smartest way to work.