(Read "Myths, Part 1" HERE)
Let's continue the discussion about weight loss myths that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. Here we go...
Myth #6-I have to exercise strenuously every day to lose weight.
You know the type. She decides she’s going to do whatever it takes to lose the weight, so she begins a rigorous routine of Crossfit, swimming, biking, P90X, running, and yoga. Exercise takes on a life of its own, and yet the weight doesn’t melt off. She becomes overwrought with frustration. (Is she you??)
The truth is that strenuous exercise can be counterproductive. It can be overly stressful on the body AND on your emotion if you’re feeling stressed about exercising so much!
Try some interval training as it has been shown to be helpful for fat burning. Interval training is when you do short bursts of intensity followed by recovery. Do this for 20-30 minutes. Prolonged, high-intensity cardio doesn’t help.
Also, be sure you’re having FUN with your “exercise,” or as I like to call it “PLAY”! Find something you love to do and then do it daily. Enjoy your PLAY time! Get that body moving with a wide variety of fun PLAY.
Myth #7-My gut health has nothing to do with weight loss.
If you’re not paying attention to your gut health, then you’re shooting yourself in the foot when it comes to health and weight loss. Most people live with a gut that’s compromised through too much sugar, white flour foods, alcohol, caffeine, and stress. (Yes, stress affects your gut.)
Candida runs rampant and digestive distress is all too commonplace. An inflamed gut will make it near impossible to lose weight. Food sensitivities and allergies create this inflammation and typically go unaddressed.
If you’ve been trying to lose weight and it just isn’t happening, it’s time to consider your gut. You may need to do a formal food sensitivity or allergy test to get to the root. It might be time for a deep gut cleanse. At the very least, add in a high-quality probiotic to begin fortifying your gut with healthy flora.
Some of the most common allergens to consider are gluten, dairy, corn, eggs, citrus, nightshade veggies, yeast, and nuts. Consider doing an elimination of these offenders for 3 weeks to see if your digestive system feels better (especially if you experience frequent bloating, gassiness, or pain in the digestive tract).
Myth #8-If I lose weight, then I can be happy.
Too often, women think they will be happy IF (and only if) they lose the weight they want to lose. Until then, they walk around feeling ashamed, frustrated, sad, and just plain blah. (This is no way to approach a Weight Loss Adventure. Where’s the fun in that?)
Get happy FIRST! The body follows the mind. So, you must release any negative emotions FIRST so you can create a positive space, and good energy, within the body in order to lose the weight. Your thoughts create your reality and what you focus on grows.
If you are constantly focused on the weight that just won’t come off, or the thighs that just aren’t the “right size”, or the tummy that won’t flatten out, you're focused on the wrong thing.
Instead focus on what you LOVE about yourself and your body. Lavish your whole being with positive self talk and be in gratitude for what God has given you. Your body is truly a Miracle Machine!! (Doesn’t matter how far away from your health goals you are, your body is STILL a Miracle Machine.)
Focus on the beauty of your health. Be grateful. Stay positive. And, be conscious and intentional about the self talk you have playing over and over in your mind.
Happiness comes FIRST. Then comes weight loss.
Myth #9-I can live a stressed out life and it won’t affect weight loss.
This is a stressful world we live in. And, if you’re not careful that stress will invade your body. If you’re constantly being bombarded with stress, and not handling it well, cortisol is constantly released in the body. This excessive cortisol will hold weight around your middle and makes it almost impossible to lose weight.
If you are serious about losing weight, get serious about reducing stress. First and foremost. It’s that important. One of the easiest and cheapest things you can do to reduce stress is get into a practice of deep breathing.
When was the last time you took a slow, deep breath? Do it now! It feels so good. And it will really help reduce your stress baseline and keep you feeling better all day long. (Then you’ll find it much easier to lose the weight.)
Myth #10-I can do this on my own.
You were never intended to do anything on your own. Did you know that God wants to be part of your health just like He’s part of your life? He does! If you’ve tried to lose weight before without inviting God into the process, then you’re missing out BIG TIME.
A weight loss journey is one of re-connection with Him and re-connection with yourself. And, it’s not through your power that you navigate each day’s food choices; it’s through His power.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4
Invite Him into your health daily. Call on His power to help you when you feel weak. Ask Him to guide your steps along your weight loss path.
Weight loss is not just about reaching a certain weight. It’s about the journey of re-connection to God and self. Don’t miss the amazing journey by being so focused on the destination.
Which of these myths have you seen in your life? What will you do now to turn things around? Always remember that you are a powerful creator of your reality. Between you and God, there’s nothing out of your reach.