Today I want to talk to you about some really interesting health and fitness myths. I talk to people everyday about health and fitness and their goals, I get a lot of people saying,”I can’t do this because of that, and I can’t do that because of that”. I wanted to come to you one kind of share my thoughts on some of these myths and things that people think they can’t do.
Myth #1: The first myth that I hear a lot is well I’m injured I can’t workout so I can’t lose weight. I have probably heard this like ten times in just the past week. The truth is that 80% of weight loss is what you eat. So even if you can’t work out you can still lose weight. I will tell you that for the 12 weeks that I was in a wheelchair, unable to even stand. All I was able to do is pivot in my wheelchair, I do not gain any weight. Now I definitely lost muscle but I did not gain any weight. Because I was keeping my eating on track. 80% of weight loss or weight maintenance or weight gain comes from what you eat and from your workouts .So that means other 20% comes from the workouts. It is always good to add in workouts but in the very beginning if you’re just starting out or you’re injured. You can still lose weight eating healthy eating the correct portions and getting the results you want.
Myth #2: The second myth that I hear a lot is that okay well I just wanted to tone my abs so I’m going to do a bunch of crunches. You can’t target train. So you can actually build the muscle underneath your abs by crunching or you can build your biceps by doing a lot of biceps curls. But it still going to be the eating that’s going to take off the fat it to make those muscles shine through .That’s why they always say abs are always made in the kitchen. Because you can have really strong abs but if they are covered by a layer of fat they’re going to be physically there but you’re not going to be able to see that definition or that six-pack.
Myth #3: Third thing I hear a lot from the people and I was a total junkie on this, I totally understand it. People say to me, “Well I’m going for low fat or sugar free.” Honestly what low fat, low sugar, sugar free means oftentimes is more chemicals. In order take sugar out of things you have to put in a ton of chemicals. I would like to see you try to pronounce everything on the back of a diet coke can. Seriously is literally just a can full of chemicals and I’m a former diet coke addict. I used to drink diet coke diet dr. pepper every single morning. I don’t drink coffee and so that was kind of like my caffeine zip in the morning to wake me up. You shouldn’t really be reading labels for the amount of fat and sugar instead you should be seeing if you can pronounce all the ingredients on the back of a label you’re reading. Because you don’t want to be putting a bunch of chemicals in your body .I’m not saying you won’t lose weight from eating low fat things or sugar free things. But what will happen is, it’s not long term sustainable and you could have other issues from the chemicals you’re putting in your body. Your best bet is whole foods and full fat foods. Fat is not a bad thing, calories are not a bad thing but they have to be in the right foods, right. Like for example you know almond butter is super healthy for you in the right amount. In a good serving size it’s not little fat, it’s not low calorie, it’s pretty high fat. But it is GOOD for you and will keep you full! It’s about eating the RIGHT foods.