There are so many myths surrounding food and weight loss we’re conditioned to believe that simply aren’t true. We’ve heard them so many times, we simply believe them to be true without a second thought.
The good news is if you can break away from the mold and shift these false common beliefs to facts that are truth, you’ll reach your diet and lifestyle goals much faster – and get to reap the positive rewards of living a healthy lifestyle (think skinny and vibrant energy) – for good.
Focus on How You Feel, Not How You Look
Chances are when you try to get in shape solely to change your appearance, you end up choosing things like diet sodas and low-calorie foods. (I know you know they’re bad for you!) While this may help you lose weight for a time, this method will always cause you to gain it back in the long run and usually with a whole slew of other problems like… bad skin, stunted growth and chronic disease.
Banish your weight and measurements from your mind, and start focusing on how you feel. Eat foods that nourish your body and make you feel good. The weight will come off naturally.
The truth is, you probably have no idea how good you can feel until you put your body’s psychological and biological needs before what the media has taught us about looking a certain way.
A Workout Doesn’t Mean Reward Yourself
It’s a common belief that if you workout more, you burn more calories and therefore, can eat more. While that line of thinking isn’t entirely false, it usually results in rewards like a cookie or a brownie.
There’s no need to negate the work you just put in. Instead, think of exercise as an opportunity to start your day right; motivation to continue to make healthy choices as the day goes on.
This is why I prefer to workout in the mornings. When I do it first thing, I set my intentions right for the day and it helps spiral (in a good way!) from there.
A Calorie in Doesn’t Equal a Calorie out
It’s time to get this out of your head. If you cut calories as a means to lose weight, you’re only going to gain it back. Think about it this way, if you cut calories and lose weight… what happens when you reintroduce those calories?
I eat a ton of calorie dense food like avocados, bananas, nuts, and dates and am in better shape than ever. Read more about why counting calories is a bad idea here.
Do it for YOU
Above all, do it for yourself, not anyone else.
Self-love is a journey and the only way to get to your destination is to put yourself first. No need to beat yourself up if you screw up. It’s ok to take baby steps to get there because each step is one step closer to the finish line.
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