I don't want to make this into a big political piece about how the fashion, and beauty industry is taking advantage of us, and making us feel ugly to buy their products. To some degree, I think they are, but what I would rather focus on is being healthy. It's not healthy to be overweight, or to be normal weight, but with a high fat percentage. This is a fact.
What to do about it is where the lines blur. This is where I think our social pressures take over. We want a quick fix, but being healthy,losing weight, and being in shape is not quick. There are no shortcuts to health. If you take anything from this whole entire article, please let it be the bold sentence. If you see something claiming to be "easy" or a simple "trick" to lose weight, burn fat, whatever.... it is a gimmick. It is trying to sell you something, and you will not get what you paid for. In today's world, page hits hold monetary value for writers, so even just getting you to click on something is enough. It's a waste of your time, and misguides you to believing misinformation.
The only way to get healthy is to be healthy. There is no way around it. Here is what I find the great debate is. I know that I am a bit of a health freak. Not completely, but I am on the autism spectrum, so when I get involved in something I get involved. So, I research, and try different things. When I get interested in a subject I learn about it enough to where my knowledge is probably comparable to those that work in that field. I know a lot about nutrition, and exercise.
I would like to share with you some
*Try to eat the least amount of processed food as possible. Whole grains, fruits,vegetables, meats, and some dairy are all good ways to go. If it can easily go bad in your fridge, then it is what I would call a green light food, meaning eat as much, whenever you want food. There is so much to cover on the subject of food that I will likely do another post just about that soon. I would rather see someone fry up a hamburger than eat a Lean Cuisine meal. Frozen, canned, and boxed foods should be kept at a minimum as much as possible.
*If it says lowfat, fat-free, or light it's likely very bad for you. Eat natural, and clean. You can't out-exercise a bad diet. Eat real food.
* Move. That is it. Find an exercise you don't mind doing, and do it. My favorite site is Fitness Blender . There are hundreds of FREE searchable videos you can do at your own convenience. If you only have 5 minutes, and want to do a level 3 lower body routine, then search for it. They have several. I tend to pick 3 or 4 at the beginning of my day, and do them as I have time. I can typically find 5-10 minutes at a few intervals of my day to workout. This keeps me moving, and also boosts metabolism by getting it moving several times a day.You won't get a super-toned body by only doing a few minutes of exercise a day, but you can benefit from it. It helps boost mood, metabolism, and energy. Just 5 minutes of cardio has enormous benefits, so don't use the excuse of not having time. Start with where you are, and what you have. Some is better than none, and ll kinds of other cliches I can toss out applies here!
*Stop restriction diets. As I said, earlier... I will do a more in depth blog entry about eating, and nutrition, but this point is so important I want it to be heard. I see too many people going on strict diets to lose weight only to drop out before they lose any, or gain it right back as soon as they stop 'dieting'. No food should be off limits. None. If you want a cookie, or to go out to eat then you do it. Now, you can't go to I-HOP every couple of days, and munch away, and expect to lose weight, and/or body fat, but every other week or so will not hurt. If you're at a party, and want some cheesecake have some. Have one normal serving slice. Don't have one everyday. Don't eat the whole package of cookies, or cake, but have some. Eat "bad" foods in moderation. Do this forever, and you won't have an issue. You won't be able to indulge every time you want, but you won't feel imprisoned in this life of bland food, and deprivation of your favorite foods, and activities. A lot of our social life is centered around food. Eat clean most days, so you can enjoy the special times.
I hope this helped a few people, and cleared up some myths. Stay tuned for more.
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