How many of you came up with the novel idea of losing weight in January? Nodding your head? I see you.
I don’t have a weight loss goal but I do maintain a certain overall health goal of keeping myself in check. If you have read the old blog or this blog you kind of know I’m addicted to working out. Hello, the first word in the blog’s title is “Cardio” – but I know I’m not the typical human being. And I have accepted that.
How many of you HATE the idea of working out, exercising, eating healthier? Go ahead, raise your hand, this is a computer and no one can see you (except maybe Russia?)
I wanted to devote a tiny, hot second of time to those of you who have a health goal for this month, er I mean year or two weeks (just whatever floats your boat). Realizing most people give up their resolution two to three weeks in I thought it best to go ahead and knock this out of the way.
Actually this is a three part series and I’m kind of posting this week. Well no not kind of I actually am doing it. Whoa did all that sugar from the holidays slow my brain function or what?
Today I want to share with you a little about eating AKA nutrition.
Nutrition and weight loss can go into several categories – we can talk about fad diets, tried and true programs, detoxing, medical based nutrition plans, and starvation. No point in beating around the fig bush so let’s just jump in. I don’t want you getting bored on me.
On fad diets –
Since we are humans we want things to happen super fast. Fad diets often offer fast results without warning you that once you steer your self away from them the weight will come back on and sometimes with a vengeance.
Anything that offers you the chance to lose ten pounds in a week or two needs to be looked at sideways. Stay away from it. Chances are it helps you eliminate fluid weight and reduces proper caloric intake.
I’m not a robot so let me go ahead and tell you – if I have an event I need to look extra sharp for I may do a fad diet to get that water weight I could be holding off. But as a rule I stay away from them and typically laugh at people who partake in them.
While I am on the topic of fad diets you should probably be forewarned some of them have very negative side effects like heart problems and even sometimes death. So if you’re not afraid of dying over losing ten pounds or totally wrecking your metabolic cycle then go on. Do it to it. You were warned you weird super hero.
Tried & True –
If you are seriously needing to lose some major weight and need standards to follow that are not detrimental to your nutrition then you need a tried and true program. Weight Watchers is the only program in this country that really has stood the test of time and doesn’t threaten your body. It is more of an education on proper nutrition, weight loss, and goal achievement than any other program around.
In a world where portion control is non existent this company can teach you how much and what you need and you will really see a difference on the scale.
January is a hot time for WW and you can score some good deals for joining the group. Those of you who benefit from being around other human beings in the same boat as yourself will love WW. They have support meetings, tons of resources, and probably the biggest winner? They are filled with encouragement.
No, I’m not a weight watcher but I did use it for a brief time after my first kiddo! I liked it – the only thing me and Oprah have in common!
I really like to detox. I’m not addicted to detox but I do like it. Detoxing is a great way to help reset your metabolism and flush your system of the crap you just went head first into over the holidays.
Before you start any program I suggest you do a detox. There are few reasons I suggest this including:
- Self discipline – you must be disciplined enough to stay away from the junk foods and the foods you aren’t allowed to have while detoxing.
- Removal of water weight. The first week of a nutrition/exercise change is often met with a high weight loss (>2lbs) I find it best to get that fluid weight off with a detox so I can focus on those scale numbers with more of a true weight in mind.
- Emotions – Detoxing is good for you on a cellular level but also on an emotional well-being level as well. As you eliminate the bad stuff you feel more of a sense of happiness and self-control. Two key ingredients to being successful at your next goal!
I’m actually detoxing starting this week. If you’re interested stay tuned for a post on that. I do things a little differently – and you are not shocked…
Medical Based Nutrition Plans –
If you’re going cross-eyed over this one you can stop now. Have you been diagnosed with Diabetes? Cholesterol issues? IBS? Kidney issues? Any of these, along with a plethora of other health events, can lead to a medical based nutrition plan. We actually can all benefit from them. Think of a heart healthy diet in a patient with no heart problems as being proactive and preventative.
I’m not diabetic but I actually do like following a “diabetic diet” plan. More vegetables, fruits, and lean meats and less crap (sorry bread lovers…)
Last month I found out my cholesterol was high. It was linked to a fad diet I had started following earlier in the year. So now I am working on lowering my cholesterol with a heart healthy diet mixed with a diabetic diet. Do I have heart disease? No (not yet! Not ever I hope!) Do I have diabetes? No (Again, never I hope!) I have neither but I can benefit from following the guidelines from those two nutrition plans.
You can too.
Smart eating so you don’t get the diagnosis!!! Ooohhh mind blown!
Did you really think I was being silly by posting that? Unfortunately, people still use this method to lose weight – on purpose. I think I can tie this into fad dieting and detoxing for some of you. Any guideline (and I use that term lightly) that suggests you only drink lemon water for two days or suggests you only ingest cabbage soup for a week needs to be tossed out.
Starvation can lead to weight loss but it can also lead to system break down. No one needs to starve their bodies to lose Christmas weight, pre wedding weight, or pre vacation weight.
When I go to Mexico later in the year you can bet your ass I will not be starving myself to go down there and stuff my face with tacos.
If you suffer from intentional starvation or binge and purge we need to go meet a professional and not this blog girl ok? I will take you. This is where I suggest if you have a problem with feeding your body proper nutrition you need to seek medical attention.
Notes on other things out there –
Shake diets are the rage. I have nothing against a shake but be smart and do not fall for gimmicks or money rackets. Do the research before you buy anything. And by research I mean real research and not Facebook research. When you google look for reliable sources and not just message boards or people who sell the products (they tend to be a tad bit biased!)
Supplements are good for you! I don’t suggest running in Walmart and just grabbing a bottle. I do recommend going to a shop where the staff actually knows what supplement you need for your goal. Also, your doctor may have some knowledge of this. I say some because not all doctors pay attention to supplements.
And finally – you can get your diet on track and do great at it but it means absolutely nothing if you are not exercising. Zilch, nada, zero, crap.
So how about today you focus on what you’re eating and tomorrow we will talk about moving around?