One of the things I hate most when it comes to fitness and nutrition is gimmicks. “Lose 12 pounds this week with my horoscope diet!” “Do this secret exercise to torch your belly fat!”
None of this stuff works. All it does is confuse people. If one more person asks me about apple cider vinegar speeding up their metabolism I’m going to lose my mind.
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Besides, why would a trainer NOT want you to know something? Wouldn’t that make them an absolutely terrible trainer and just as bad a person? I don’t get it.
Anyway, what I want to do today is give you 3 things I hear pretty regularly that are just not true. No matter how many times you hear them.
I need to do more cardio to lose weight! No you don’t. Let me say this one more time: nutrition is what determines 85%-90% of weight loss. NOT EXERCISE!! There are many great reasons to do some cardio BUT WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT ONE OF THEM!!!! As a bonus, doing more cardio in place of strength training is probably making it HARDER for you to lose weight!
Women will get bulky if they lift weights. This one is infuriating on so many levels and is usually perpetuated by people that are, frankly, afraid of strong women. Thankfully, it’s not nearly as common as it used to be, but it’s still out there. Just look on the cover of just about any fitness magazine that is marketed towards women if you don’t believe me. Let me say this for the record: this is not true and for many reasons it’s actually more important for women to lift weights than men. (Osteoporosis anybody?) Don’t let people put artificial limits on what you and your body can do based on their own fears.
3. I need to lose weight. This one deserves not only it’s own post, but it’s own book. This one is maybe the best I’ve read on the subject.
Click on the picture for the Amazon Link
The fact is that you probably don’t NEED to lose weight. You may WANT to, but you likely don’t NEED to. The fact is most people haven’t even thought about whatever their real motivation is behind wanting to lose weight in the first place.
Whatever it is I’ll bet that your real reason is not to stand on a piece of plastic or metal and see it reflect a number back at you. If that’s all you want, I’m sure you can find a scale that will allow you to adjust how it reads. As a matter of fact, here’s the link to one https://www.amazon.com/Sunbeam-SAB602-05-Full-View-Scale/dp/B0014JRAAY/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=adjustable+body+weight+scale&qid=1560307855&s=hpc&sr=1-2.
Congratulations! You can weigh whatever you want!!
Here’s the truth:
you can get healthier without losing weight
you can look great without losing weight
you can be worth loving without losing weight
you can be a great spouse, partner and parent without losing weight
Weight loss is a multi-billion dollar industry that isn’t all that interested in you feeling good about yourself. Remember that.
I hope this gives you a little different way to look at some things. Thankfully some of these lies are running out of juice, but they are still out there doing major damage and that makes me angry.
Please let me know what you think.