We are bogged down by all these things we’re supposed to be doing in order to get healthy. But what if you found out that half of them were myths and you were doing it wrong the whole time?? Read on to find out what’s true and what’s just a myth.
Getting healthy. Losing weight. Call it whatever you wanna call it. I know you have some sort of goal you’re working on. One that you can’t wait to reach. You know one day you will. You just know it.
The problem though? You’ve been working on this one goal for as long as you can remember. I mean, I have people in my life who have literally been trying to lose weight “once and for all” for the last 20 years. I know people who are always trying to “get healthy,” yet they never quite get there.
It has actually made me start thinking about why it’s so hard.
Why is it so freakin’ hard for people to get to where they want to go?
It shouldn’t be that hard to get healthy, right? Except that it seems to be for so many people.
And then it dawned on me. We are being fed so many different pieces of information on the subject of getting healthy that we just don’t know what to believe anymore. In fact, much of the information we are taking in is completely wrong, yet we believe it to be the truth.
So then what happens when we’re not able to follow the guidelines we’ve been given? We automatically think we are failures.
“I ate Lean Cousine frozen dinners every day last week yet I’m still up 3 pounds! That doesn’t make any sense. I must be doing something wrong.”
“They say if I just eat less and move more, I’ll get healthier, yet I can’t seem to find the motivation to make that happen. What is wrong with me?”
“I can’t seem to stay away from the sweets in order to get healthy. I have the worst will-power!”
The problem is not in our individual selves. The problem is 100% in the junk we’ve been fed – through tv, internet, magazines, etc. The diet industry has tried to make us believe certain things, when in all actuality the majority of it is just myths and lies.
Today, I want nothing more than to debunk some of the myths you have heard about getting healthy. There is no need to go on living a life where these myths are truths.
So let’s get right to it.
9 Myths About Getting Healthy that are Totally Killing Your Success
Losing weight happens in a straight line.
Do you know what weight loss looks like for the majority of people? A bit like this.
1 pound down. 2 pounds up. 3 pounds down. 1 pound up. 2 pounds down. 1 pound up. 3 pounds down. 1 pound down. 2 pounds up.
You see what I mean? Up and down all over the place.
You know what happens every time it goes back up, even just a pound? You get upset. You start to feel like a failure. You get down on yourself. You wonder what you did wrong. You start questioning everything you’re currently doing to try and lose weight, and before you know it, you’re eating a bucket of ice cream because “Eff-it. Not eating ice cream definitely isn’t working.”
We’ve been brainwashed to believe that if we’re following all the rules, the scale should go no place but down. Weekly weigh-ins where weight loss is the only acceptable result have made us think this way.
The truth of the matter is that weight fluctuates so often because of so many different things. Water, sodium, hormones, etc. I mean really – are you really going to call yourself a failure because your hormones caused you to gain a few pounds? Nope. It’s out of your control.
For this exact reason, I actually am creating a challenge to help you Breakup with Your Scale, and I want to make sure you’re one of the first to learn all about it. Get yourself on the list now. (pssst it’s gonna be free!)
There are good foods and bad foods.
Ok, now this is one I’m really very very passionate about and could talk about all day long. It seems as though there are good foods and there are bad foods, right?
WRONG! Food is just food. You aren’t being bad because you’re eating a certain type of food. You aren’t being naughty because of a food choice. You are cheating on anyone or anything because you ate a specific food.
If a food has a bajillion calories in it, does that make it bad? Nope. That just makes it a food with a bajillion calories in it. Plain and simple.
If a food is gluten-free, dairy-free, organic, and “clean (whatever that means),” does that mean it’s a good food? Not necessarily. It just means it’s all those things.
Once we start putting labels on foods, we start associating our actions with those foods as the truth. So I ate a food that’s considered “bad.” Does that make me a bad person then?
And another thing that happens is the ole, “rules are meant to be broken” situation.
“Oh! That’s a BAD food?? I’m probably not supposed to have it, am I?” And then of course, all you can think about is eating that one food, which in turn will lead to you feeling badly about yourself.
So what if instead foods had zero labels. No good. No bad. Just food. Food you judged by the way it tastes and makes you feel. Simple as that. Done.
It’s all about how much will-power you have
You can’t seem to find any self-control when it comes to the work potluck? All you want to do is eat all the things? Having delicious snacks in the house is impossible because of your lack of will-power?
Giiirrrll. I gotta tell you something. This will-power joke is not a thing. It has nothing to do with having enough self-control.
I mean, really, I can’t blame you. You don’t allow yourself to eat delicious treats on a regular basis, so what happens when you’re suddenly in the same vicinity as them? Of course, you’re going to feel a huge urge to eat all of them.
People have been telling me for years, “You have such amazing will-power! You never eat treats. You workout regularly. I wish I could get some of that!”
I promise you that I’m no different than you.
So then what do I have that others may not?
Well, I allow myself to eat any food at any time my body is craving it, so when I’m presented with the opportunity to gorge on something delicious, I often don’t feel the need. Or I’m okay with just a bite or two because I know I could make it available to myself at any time I want it.
Also, another reason I’m able to limit some of the sweets I eat it because of the priorities I have consciously set up in my life. I know that living a healthy life is super important to me, and I know that excessive sweets won’t get me there. I make conscious and intentional decisions about everything that I eat.
All You Gotta Do is “Eat Less, Move More.”
That’s all you gotta do, right? Just eat less and move more and then you’ll gain all the health in the world.
While that is true to an extent, the way people casually put it out there makes it seem like it’s the easiest thing in the world.
You know, no big deal – I’ll just move more eat less.
What if that’s the exact issue I’m having? What if I’m depressed and moving more just isn’t in the cards most days? What if I’m eating my emotions and am not quite sure HOW to eat less?
If you keep hearing these two things and feel like they’re not nearly as simple as people are saying they are, it’s likely that you are feeling like a failure for not being able to do the eat less, move more thing.
You are not alone. First, you may need to work through some other issues with a professional as far as what is getting in your way from making this happen.
Weight Loss diets actually work.
I hate to break it to ya’ friend, but this one may be the biggest myth of them all.
“But wait,” you say. “When I was on that one diet, I lost like 5 pounds in the first week. And that other diet I was on, I dropped 4 dress sizes in 3 months. And there was that one diet I went on that everyone told me I looked smaller because of.”
Well then why oh why do people jump from diet to diet? How come everyone doesn’t just stick to one diet that works and call it good?
The truth? Because eventually there will be failure of some kind. You’ll break the rules of the diet. You’ll do something just a little bit wrong. And before you know it, you’re off the diet and have gained all the weight back.
And you’re off looking for yet another diet that you can temporarily lose weight from.
It’s all temporary. Unless you can stick to a diet for the rest of your life (which is very unrealistic), the weight will not stay off.
“Diet Foods” help you to get healthy and lose weight.
You know what diet foods are? No? Well neither do I.
They’re definitely not good weight loss tools. Whether they’re low-calorie, low-carb, low-sugar, low-whatever, they are definitely missing something.
They’re often missing real nutrients. They’re usually full of fillers in order to make them taste good. They overcompensate in another area when cutting one out, making it a not-very-balanced option.
Diet foods are nothing but trendy and easily marketable because we think they’ll make us healthier and skinnier.
Low-carb, Vegetarian, Low-fat, Paleo, etc automatically makes you healthy.
Did you know that there’s such thing as an unhealthy vegetarian? That’s right. There are plenty of foods with zero nutrients that are meat-free. Twinkies, Chips, Soda. All vegetarian. And not nutrient-rich at all.
All these other lifestyles are the same way. It’s totally possible to be gluten-free but eat nothing but gluten-free cakes and cookies.
These diets do not give you a free ride to eat all the things that fit in the specified category and still be healthy.
Of course, this is not to say that any foods should be restricted. I’m only stating the point that not all gluten-free, vegetarian, low-fat diets are automatically healthy. They still require balance and moderation.
All processed foods are bad.
We hear it all the time. We’re only supposed to eat real food that comes straight from the source. Nothing processed that comes from a factory and is in a can, bag, or box.
Give yourself a break with this one! Sure, I do my best to stick to lots of produce. But I’ve gotta give myself some slack, and I think it’s time you do too.
I mean, are you gonna start grinding all your own wheat for your flour to make pizza crust every week? Surely not every single time.
And spinach – I love the convenience of buying spinach that comes in a bag pre-washed and ready for me to use.
Beans – do I really have time to cook my dried beans every single time? Mmm – nope! Buy a can of beans for heaven’s sake!
I am one busy lady and I can’t fathom having to do each and every thing from scratch!
Sometimes convenience really can be worth it when it comes to time and sanity. No one’s gonna die here. Promise.
Calories are bad.
Um, big fat nope to this one! Calories aren’t bad. In fact, they are a necessity to living. Calories give you energy. Calories give you life. Without them, you’re screwed.
Often, we look at calories with this big ugly negative eye.
But the truth of the matter is just that food has to be measured some way, and calories it is. There is no reason to be afraid of them.
As long as you are listening to your body, eating only when you’re hungry and stopping when you feel satisfied, there should be no reason why you ever have to pay attention to calories.
So these myths. Are you convinced that they’re just a bunch of bull yet?
Are you seeing yet that it is time to end the silly rules?
Now that you know the truth, what now? Where do you go from here?
As a way to stray from mainstream thinking when it comes to health, I’d love to show you the Anti-Dieting way. Away from these myths and lies. Away from all the junk.
I want to make sure you’re jumping in the RIGHT way (and believe me, there is definitely a right and a wrong way here).
So I’ve put together a FREE 14-day Jumpstart Your Anti-Diet Life Challenge just for you. So you can start out the right way. So you can jump into a life that makes sense, unlike dieting and dumb rules.
Make sure you grab it right away. I will not be running this challenge forever, so you’ve got to take advantage of it now while it’s available.
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