WEIGHT LOSS ADVICE YOU WILL WANT TO RECONSIDER
By Faith Ellis
The unfortunate part about the fitness community is that with all of the studies, data, and myths, it’s hard to determine what is truly fact or fiction. Especially when you are first starting out, it can be overwhelming with all of the contradicting information, for instance, how one day fat causes you to gain fat, and the next day eating too little fat will lead to weight gain. Wait…what?
Although there are many myths out there that I would love to clear up for you, let me tell you some of the worst weight loss advice I have EVER heard.
CUT OUT FOOD GROUPS
I know you’ve heard it: To lose weight you must cut out carbs. I cannot tell you how badly I want to shake the first person who ever said this. Carbs are crucial in sustainable energy. Just to be clear, you have different kinds of carbs, like with any food group. You have good fats, and you have bad fats. In general, there are good calories and there are bad calories. Good calories provide your body with benefits: energy, muscle repair, vitamins, and minerals. Whereas bad calories don’t do anything for your body – at least nothing beneficial.
Unless you are suffering from an allergy or a disease (lactose intolerant anyone?), you do not need to, and should not, cut out a whole food group to lose weight. Be mindful of your portion sizes, caloric intake, and be aware of “good” versus “bad”.
YOU NEED TO LOWER YOUR CALORIES
Yes, in order to lose weight you need to consume less calories than you expend. However, if you are cutting your calories under 1200, then I would suggest you need to get up and move more. Do not ever let someone tell you that you need to eat under 1200 calories for the day. Your body works even if you aren’t moving all day, therefore, it’s always burning something. If you find that you are eating 1300 calories and burning only 1200 in a day, your answer should not be to lower your calories, it should be to MOVE.
EAT IT, YOU CAN JUST EXERCISE IT OFF
Hmm…if this were the case, I would be seriously ripped. But I like cookies and I have accepted cookies over a killer 6 pack because hey, life is short. You cannot exercise your way out of a bad diet.
The #1 success in weight loss is your nutrition, and exercise comes in to expedite that process. Granted, if you are obese, never workout, and eat junk and then you change your habits to moving more but still have the same diet, sure, you will lose some weight. Long-term, however, and to reach your goals and reach a healthy weight, you have to eat right. Eating junk all the time and thinking that you can just exercise it all off would mean spending hours in the gym. If all you consume is bad food without nutritional value, you won’t have the necessary vitamins and nutrients or energy to do this for very long.
HAVE A WHOLE CHEAT DAY
This advice in my experience, led me on a binge that I still struggle with during my low points. I think that if after dinner on a Tuesday night, you want a cookie, you can have a cookie. I have constructed my meal plan to have 3 “not-all-the-time foods” throughout the week. Saturdays when I am out with my husband or friends, we are likely to stop by a bakery, juice shop, or have a meal out. Sunday evenings are usually a night when my husband and I like to watch a movie and enjoy something delicious. Then I have one more “not-all-the-time-food” to enjoy whenever I want during the week. If you restrict yourself all week, and plan on a cheat day once a week, you are much more likely to go on a full-out binge. Then you will likely find yourself where I am, struggling to help your body reset and help it to understand that food is not an enemy, but a blessing and necessity for our bodies.
FAITH ENGEN ELLIS
Faith is a southern girl, born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her husband and fur-baby.
Faith is living a healthy lifestyle and her ultimate passion is to inspire others to do the same.
She decided to change the way she was living 4 years ago, but she wasn’t expecting to actually fall in love with it!
Now she enjoys experimenting with different kinds of fitness and challenging her body to new heights whether it be pilates, plyometric training, or weight training, and she aims to inspire others to realize the strength within themselves as well.
Faith’s favorite product for pre-workout is the Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy line. Her favorite flavor so far has been the peach lemonade, but next on her list is Mocha Cappuccino, yum! The use of natural caffeine sources is a real win for this product and it mixes easily, so there is no grainy texture.
For protein sources, she enjoys Oh Yeah! One Bars for a quick and filling snack on-the-go, of which she has many favorite flavors! Or Gaspari Precision Protein to mix up a shake. Faith’s favorite recipe uses 1 scoop of the Cinnamon Cereal Crunch flavor, mixed with 1/2 a banana, 1/4 a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk, and 1 cup of ice.
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