Wellness is different for everyone. As is how we get there.
In the world of science we refer to this as bio individuality.
There is no one size fits all.
We are all created beautifully different.
Some bodies thrive on a diet rich in dairy, whilst someone else may thrive on a diet rich in veggies and carbohydrates.
Our bodies all work differently.
That said there are a few general rules that can be applied to all of us.
And surprisingly many of us are guilty of committing them at some time.
Through no fault of our own, many of us believe what we are told. We believe we need to exercise like the celebrity on the commercials or buy the food endorsed with low fat labels and weight loss claims.
What we need to do is instead simply listen and let our body lead, within reason of course.
By make these dieting mistakes because we chose to believe manufacturers claims on the packet. Low fat, low calories, diet, healthy, nutritious and why wouldn't we. Surely food companies wouldn't make claims on packaging that isn't 100% accurate.
You may, like me have believed the hype and claims touted by the food giants. But I want to encourage you come to your own conclusions. Question their claims, do they sound too good to be true. What is the cost for low fat or low calorie food.
The dieting mistakes I made apply to all diets. That's a tough call I know, but hear me out. In order for us to achieve lasting wellbeing and or weight loss, we must work with our body instead of against it. The key is to nourish it rather than deprive it.
I hope you can learn from my mistakes and shortcut your way to body confidence and health minus the pain and discomfort of incorrect advice.
When you see your wellbeing journey from the perspective of nourishment and not punishment, things start to change. I promise.
1. Calorie Counting leads nowhere but obsession and depression
In my book, low calorie diets do not work, at least in the long term. Physiologically the body has a job to burn fuel for energy. When that fuel is in very short supply, as on many low calorie diet.
Your body interprets low calories as a sign that food is scarce and in short supply. and acts to start a mode of starvation preservation. Your body must preserve what little calories it has in order to survive. The best way to increase your body's fat stores is to slow down the metabolism and b) store what calories it does have as fat. To increase the body's chance of survival the best place to store this fat is around your tummy.
2.Low Fat Foods
- Low fat dressing
- Reduced Fat Peanut Butter
- Low fat cookies
- Low fat ice-cream
- Low fat milk
- Low fat yogurt
Fat often makes things tasty. So when manufacturers remove the fat they are forced to add other ingredients to make it more edible. The added ingredient is often in the form of sugar, more specifically High fructose corn syrup.
So whilst the fat may be on the low side, the sugar (which is the culprit for weight gain, not the fat) makes up a huge proportion of the food.
So yes, absolutely the food is low fat. But this does not mean it will help you lose weight, in fact, the extra sugar used to pad out the flavour is the very ingredient that will make you gain weight
2. Diet Soda
Diet Coke was my vice for most of my life and to all intents and purposes I enjoyed it totally guilt free. I used it not only as a refreshment but as a way to curb my appetite.
And why not, it says "diet" on the label, It must be good for diets.
However, although diet sodas have few, if any calories in them, they are still likely to contribute to weight gain by disrupting our hormone and body other functions.
- Disrupting body's natural metabolism negatively
- Increasing sugar cravings by conditioning our tastebuds to "crave" sweet
- Stimulating appetite
- Increasing Insulin which in turn leads to fat storage
3. Stop eating all fat
It sounds logical, if you avoid eating fat you won't get fat. But this is one of the biggest sticking points for many on their weight loss journey.
I believed this, along with millions of others who committed to the belief that if you didn't eat fat, you wouldn't get fat. It is this believe that injects billions of dollars into the food industry every year.
The reality however is this is simply not true. Fats are not created equal and are some fats are essential to support crucial roles in our body such as having babies, balancing our hormones, moods and keeping our skin toned and supple. Your body uses different fats for very different purposes. In fact your body actually requires good fat in order to stimulate body fat loss.
4. Overexercise disrupts hormone levels
I, like many women trying to lose weight truly believed that the more calories I burnt through exercise the more weight I would lose.
Whilst exercise certainly can help with your weight loss efforts, particularly the toning side. Overexercising can actually lead to weight gain. Stressing the body through putting it through consistent rigorous exercise causes a dramatic in your stress hormones, including cortisol which consequently causes us to store fat.
The increased production of stress hormones, causes your body to respond slowing down essential processes such as our metabolism. Whats more it causes our body to literally hold on to fat as it interprets the stress as a threat to its survival.
5. Everybody is different
This is perhaps the most impactful piece of advice I can give you when improving your health and wellbeing.
Listen to your body.
Invest the time to take note of how you feel after certain foods and activities. A simple lifestyle journal can be all you need to pinpoint the foods that triggers stomach upsets, headaches and fatigue. You can grab your FREE lifestyle journal here.
Don’t be sold that just because something works for your sister or mother, it is destined to work for you. It might not, and thats ok. Try something else. Your body is your experiment and it is always trying to communicate with you. You just need to listen.
These myths contributed to me causing a lot of damage to my bod and I see it almost daily in my practice, women believing the same information I did.
Trust yourself and think objectively. Not an easy feat when we are constantly bombarded with messages, but trust your gut.