I spent most my college years going up and down on the scale. This blog post isn’t written in vain but rather in an effort to save you time, energy & money (something I wasted for a few too many years).
1. Eating A LOT of Healthy Food
Yes, you have heard the saying before, “not all calories are created equal” but guess what too much of anything (with really the exception of vegetables) is a bad thing. Almond butter, coconut oil, bison, etc. are all great for you but go over the recommended portion amount and you will be spilling over your jeans.
2. Fad Diets
This month you are keto, last month you were vegan. Stop torturing yourself! The reality is all diets work for a period of time. Do you plan on keeping it up though is the question. Life is meant to be lived. Food is meant to be eaten. Chances are, if you are forcing yourself to eat a certain away that brings you zero enjoyment and removes you from a good number social settings you won’t keep it up. Ditch the diets and just eat REAL food.
3. Self-Righteously Gluten-Free
Did you know celiac disease only effects 1% of the population? So while gluten, yes should be eliminated, here is the deal, foods that naturally do carry gluten should generally be limited anyways. And yes, eating gluten-free donuts, pretzels, pizzas are basically the same as eating donuts, pretzels and pizza just without the gluten but with all the calories, sugar and unhealthy fat.
Please tell me what is natural about eating FAKE meat? Unless you plan on making a veggie burger yourself or ones that last no more than two days in the fridge, you are really just eating a bunch of fake crap.
5. Diet Coke
Throw it all out. It is loaded with chemicals. It really is no different than Coca-Cola.
To a degree, there is a natural amount of occurring sugar in everything. Substituting sugar with fake-sugar and sugar-free syrup can actually be more harmful for you in the long-run. You are basically dumping chemicals in your coffee. I did this all throughout my early 20s. I always had the worst stomach issues and was constantly bloated. While I do my best to keep sugar to a minimum, if I am craving a little sweetness I go for natural sweeteners like coconut sugar and maple syrup.
7. Killing Yourself in The Gym
Are you a professional athlete? Do you have 10-12 hours to sleep? Are you in constant contact with a ATC? Have time to get in sauna and deep tissue massage treatments on a weekly basis? Now don’t take this as an excuse NOT to workout. I workout 5 days a week but I do listen to my body and not every day is an all out sprint or marathon. Your body needs rest and recovery. Remember it is 80% diet anyways and if you don’t allow your body to properly recover or space out your intense workouts it can actually lead to inflammation, spikes in cortisol, a lowered immune system and poor sleep quality.
8. Not Sleeping
Quality sleep is critical to weight-loss and balancing out your hormones.
9. Too Much Booze
I love wine. I also like a good vodka soda, but it all has to be within limit, especially now being 34. Try to keep alcohol only to the weekends.
There is a big difference between taking action & thinking about something all the time. I used to be constantly worried about my weight, and you know what I did when I would worry, have moments of low confidence due to comparison or felt guilt…I would eat more. Value yourself and take action. Whatever your starting point is, think that you already have got it going on. You would be amazed what happens when confidence meets action. The worry goes away and results come into play. I did a fitness competition a few years ago. It was the skinniest I ever was and you know what I never felt uglier, fatter, etc. I was emotionally a train wreck. If you aren’t happy with yourself at your start point, you won’t be happy when you get to your finish point. Embrace the authentic you.
Here is the deal when it comes to weight-loss, it requires time, patiences and figuring out what works best for your body. I have done every fad diet out there. It wasn’t until a couple years ago, where I really got into cooking REAL foods (carbs included) was I both at peace and happy in my physical state. Here is my equation. Hopefully it works for you:
Self Love + Acceptance + Real Food + Quality Workout + Quality Sleep + Community Outreach = Healthy + Happy Me
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