With the rise of all of the 21, 30, and 90 day challenges. The question rises, What about the other 344, 335, and 275 days of the year?
Many spend a fortune on these programs. Sold to them by family and friends with the promise of achieving their dream bodies. The unfortunate thing is that these programs in most cases do more harm than good. They teach eating very few calories (most cases I have seen have been dangerously low) NOTE I personally do NOT know the nutrition plan for any of these “challenges” I am basing this off of friends and family who have told me what their personal diet was, living on a liquid diet, telling people that there are good/bad foods creating an eating disorder of sorts, making people believe that losing weight is only done with taking pills, cleanses, etc. Once the challenges are over, yes some do see a drop in weight/inches. Most is water weight/muscle loss. Most also go back to their normal habits which in turn causes a rebound in weight gain. Therefore right back to square one, or worse one step further back.
It a vicious cycle. In all honesty, I have been victim to it several times. Everyone knows my views on MLM businesses and this post is NOT about that. This is about breaking the cycle. It’s about maintaining a lifestyle that is realistic. If you like doing fitness DVD’s from your living room, I think that is awesome!!! You are doing something you enjoy that IS benefiting you!!! I am certainly NOT trying to bash anyone’s fitness journey xoxo What I want to do is educate.
FACT: Calorie deficit = Weight loss
You can work your butt off, but if you are eating those calories back, you will either maintain or gain weight. With that being said, you can eat too little as well. If you stay in a calorie deficit for too long or put your body into starvation mode, your metabolism will stall out or plateau. I understand the want to be lean, but I also understand the importance of being healthy. Especially being a mom! It is frustrating to see so many posts on social media of tiny meals barely hitting 200 calories. People posting how certain foods are bad. I am the first to say I am totally guilty of doing this in the past. Ex. I have said in the past that fruit should be limited because of sugar content. *Insert foot here* ha ha ha Looking back I realize how ridiculous that sounds.
FACT: Carbs nor Fat will not make you fat
There is all this misinformation on certain macros. Carbs and fat are both essential parts of a your nutrition. Carbs are important not only to provide your body energy, but to replenish your glycogen store post workout. This increases your insulin, which is anabolic. This helps the protein synthesis process to refuel your muscles. Fats are important too. They also provide energy, but also help your body absorb important micro nutrients such as Vitamins A,K,E, and D through the bloodstream. Healthy hair, skin, and nails come from a diet with healthy fat levels.
CLICK HERE to read more about why Macro nutrients are so important *Stay educated*
There is an overload of information out there and it can get frustrating knowing what works, is healthy, etc. Research and trial and error is the best way to educate yourself! So many are looking for that quick fix. There is NO QUICK FIX. I guarantee you did not gain weight overnight, so it is silly to think you will lose at a fast rate. They call it a journey for a reason.
Point being, nutrition is key. There is nothing wrong with taking supplements. I take them daily to meet my micro and macro needs. I just want you all to stay educated and KNOW that you can achieve those goals by just eating the foods you love. Balance and moderation are the key elements that many seem to be overlooking. Be realistic with your lifestyle and always remember that little ears are listening and little eyes are watching xoxo. Challenge yourself not for a limited amount of time, but for a lifetime.
Hope you all have a fabulously fit day xoxo
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