When you hear the word diet most people automatically think of restrictions and being hungry. It's so sad to me that we've put ourselves through this torture time and again in hopes of living the dream of looking like the super model on the cover. What we end up with, is the same us. Maybe a few pounds lighter but crankier and sicker than before. The weight comes back and we begin our search for the next miracle. What we really need is to re-wire our brains.
We have been led to believe that magic pills and now patches(stimulants) and extreme calorie restriction (starvation) will solve our problems. So today, I want to share with you a few truths that will help you re-wire your brain so you can live a healthy happy life.
1. The lie- You need to fit into a certain size to be ok, to look and be like so and so.
The truth- You are uniquely you. You have your own "perfect" weight. Stop trying to look and be like other people. The one you're wanting to look like might have an eating disorder, be on drugs, and has a different healthy weight than you. Focus on being your best you. You're amazing and the world needs you.
2. The lie- You have to severely restrict your caloric intake to lose and maintain weight loss.
The truth-Make sure you're eating enough calories. If you're not, your body is storing up fat for survival. I hear it all the time, "I don't eat much of anything and I can't lose weight." That's true. Our bodies need food for health and life. Think about your car. You don't put in a half a tank of gas and expect your car to go as far as it would on a full tank. Your body is the same. You are a perfectly created being that needs a certain kind of fuel, nourishment and care. It's about getting enough of the good stuff.
3. The lie- You don't have exercise to lose and maintain a healthy weight. Or possibly, that you have exercise for long periods of time.
The truth- We need at least a half hour of solid exercise everyday. I'm not talking 1/4 mile on the treadmill or setting your timer for 30 minutes and strolling through the neighborhood. Find a quality fitness program or hire a trainer to teach you how to exercise properly and efficiently. It shouldn't be a "have to." It needs to become a part of who you are. Exercise has way too many benefits to list here and I can't think of 1 draw back. If you don't like it or have negative emotions surrounding it, I encourage you to get into a Coaching program to help you re-train your brain.
4. The lie- I can eat whatever I want as long as I use portion control.
The truth- Junk food makes us sick, fat, tired and stressed out. There's no way around it. You can enjoy a sweet treat that is healthy but junk food is a killer. It doesn't take long to re-train your taste buds. Healthy food is yummy, chemicals are gross!
You're worth living your best life!