With today’s world being so full of information, it’s hard to know what is true and isn’t true sometimes. Here today we are going to talk about 5 things that are “common knowledge” and then let’s avoid them.
You have to eat 5-6 meals per day if you want to have success in health
I started off with one that is very well known and sadly misunderstood.
While eating multiple times a day does keep insulin levels more balanced and tends to keep cravings down, it is not a 100% have to type of thing.
I’ve worked with many clients before that there job wouldn’t let them eat that often.
I like to look at it like this. What’s good, better and best. Just because it isn’t the best, doesn’t mean you still can’t get results.After that is understood, it’s easier to make the appropriate plan for your lifestyle.
If it says high in protein on the front of the box, then it’s good for me
Packaging is so misleading.
You have to understand that they are a business and they will say whatever they can to make money. Almost any time something is screaming healthy, it isn’t.
Get used to reading the labels on the back. The first item in the ingredients list is what is in it the most. Try and to avoid anything in a package anyways, but you have to get the stuff with the least amount of ingredients as well as things that you can pronounce.
I can never have “GOOD” food and be healthy
This one maybe a little controversial but I’ve never shied away from something because I may ruffle some feathers. I say this because of what works for me and for tons of clients I have worked with.
Consistently living in a state of with holding is not setting yourself up for success.
Yes you can eat things like pizza and ice cream, but no you can’t have it all the time and no you can’t eat the whole pizza and carton. Portion control is the key here.
Soda is a liquid, so it counts for my water intake for the day
While I understand that soda is a liquid, the problem with soda is the heavy amount of sugar in it and the other additives in it. Stick to water, and if you have a problem drinking water because you don’t like the taste then try putting some lemon, cucumber, or mint in it to make it taste better.
Water is so so very important.
Water is the lubricant that keeps the body running. Without it your body can even do simple tasks like breaking down food.
I’m getting healthy so I’m cutting my food intake big time and now working out a bunch
At the beginning this may seem like a good idea, but it will not last.
Typically I see people last 3-4 weeks, sometimes more if they are very mentally strong, and then the crash. This can come in many different forms. It could be no energy, trouble focusing, irritability, low performance and cravings for really unhealthy things.
What’s happening is your body doesn’t have nearly enough calories to maintain what you are burning and it’s freaking out. While eating in a deficit is how you lose weight drastically reducing calories while intensely increasing what you are burning is a bad combo.
First start with fixing just one nutrition piece and then add something else once you get that task down. Health and fitness should be something that you have for the rest of your life and not just for the next 6 months.
By lowering the calorie intake by 250-350 calories and working out, that will give you the 500 calorie deficit that you need to lose weight. Slow steady habit changes= long term, healthy, and happy life.
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