Is ALL fitness and nutrition advice good advice? Here are the 3 pieces of advice that may be keeping you from reaching your goals.
From an outsiders perspective, it might look like our nation is suffering from an epidemic of leanness: daily publishing of new diet books, articles in the media informing us of the latest and greatest lists of “good and bad foods”, late night infomercial “before” and “after” photos that make us believe they have all the answers, and the booming supplement sales are a clear indication that weight loss is on our minds. Yet strangely, obesity continues to rise, and losing weight seems to be getting harder and harder to do.
So what is it that is keeping us from losing weight and keeping it off, for good? Would you believe it if I told you the same people and companies who promote weight loss and health may actually the ones to blame for your lack of success? Is it intentional? I’m not sure. But I am sure that these misconceptions are keeping a lot of good and hard working people from lose weight and keeping it off.
Lie #1– Fit always means healthy.
If I see one more body builder or bikini competitor talk about their crusade for “health”….The fact is, the type of stress that figure competitors put on their bodies in order to look unhumanly lean is actually very damaging to the body, so it’s ridiculous to equate lean with healthy all of the time. Yes, we all want to look good and feel good, but there are a lot of ways to lose weight, and not all of them are healthy: starve yourself, restrict everything you eat, crash diet, or live off of protein shakes and nothing else, and guess what? You will lose weight. But that doesn’t mean you are healthy. If you have low energy, massive hunger, unmanageable food cravings, or the urge to binge every time you see a chocolate chip, you aren’t healthy…. physically OR psychologically.
Lie #2 — Faster is better and is more likely to succeed.
It’s pretty easy to look all around us and see the hype about quick weight loss.
“Banish 5 pounds of belly bloat in just 1 day”
“I lost 14 pounds in one week following the ______________ diet”
“Lose 30 pounds in the next 30 days”
Ads like these make us think that anything else other than bullet-train fast progress means that we are in some way failing. NOPE! In most cases, it’s actually the opposite: lose weight too fast, and you’re guaranteeing yourself a hormonal &^%*storm that will make weight regain inevitable, and uncontrollable: Lose weight slowly, at your body’s own pace, and long-term success is a lot more likely.
Lie #3: You can’t trust your body.
The diet industry has one rampant message: “You are weak, gluttonous, and uninformed about what to eat. Follow my perfect plan, overcome yourself, and you will look and feel better.” Of course, they never come out and say it directly, but the message is there: have more control, have more willpower, be stronger, say no, because you can’t trust yourself. And the more often you see and hear these messages, the more you are likely to believe that you are indeed flawed, and must fight against your body in order to lose weight. The fact is, your body has internal control mechanisms and internal wisdom that can guide your food and nutrition choices better than any guru out there, learn to listen to, trust, and honor your body, and your weight loss will be successful beyond your wildest imagination.
Sick of the lies? So am I.
And in this whirlwind of lies, I’m here to stand for the truth.
The truth is: fitness at the expense of health is not happiness, or a path to lasting success.
The truth is: Under the right circumstances, your body WANTS to be healthy. And it has a natural pace and natural rhythm for weight loss. Rushing will only lead to disaster.
The truth is: Your body can become your greatest guide for weight loss and lasting transformation. As you learn to listen within, instead of to the noise of the diet industry, you will be able to make easy changes that will last.
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