The #1 ridiculous diet myth pushed by 95% of doctors AND "experts" that is keeping you from the body of your dreams
This refers to the myth that just "eating healthy" and substituting good choices for bad choices is all you need to do to lose weight.
How often do you hear "have brown rice instead of white rice" or "eat chicken breast instead of lean beef" or "just eat organic foods and you'll lose weight"?
I call B.S.
I'd love to know how this "expert" expects Americans to lose weight eating brown rice instead of white rice, when the caloric load is nearly IDENTICAL.
Or how eating chicken breast is any different than lean beef, when the caloric load is nearly IDENTICAL.
Or how eating organic cereal is better than eating regular cereal, when the caloric load is nearly IDENTICAL. (Note: in the case of cereals, as you'll learn later, neither are good from a longevity perspective.)
You get the point.
Calories are numero uno when we're talking weight loss (with carb/fat/protein assortment & food choices being close behind). With food substitution and eating healthy, and any other similar nonsense trumpeted in the media, the dieter is NOT monitoring intake.
And truth be told he/she has no idea what his intake should even be, because none of these "experts" have helped him/her how to figure it out. They just went on talking about healthy foods and not differentiating the weight loss side from the wellness/longevity/everything else side.
The reality is, research definitely does show tremendous benefits in reducing "bad carbs, fats and protein"...in favor of "good carbs, fats, and protein". But a greater percentage of these benefits are on the wellness/longevity side. For the weight loss side of the equation, healthy foods are important, but NOT all the time, and especially not if trying to eat them 24/7 is going to throw us off our diet.
You see, by trying to combine "weight loss" and "wellness/longevity/everything else" 100% of the time, we're cooking up a recipe for guaranteed failure, in addition to stress, misery, tons of confusion, and an alarming, rapidly growing condition known as orthorexia nervosa (obsessive dieting practices, especially in regards to eliminating certain foods or food groups completely).
And in my honest, but accurate, opinion, it's this "all or nothing" approach to weight loss (egged on by media nonsense) that is quickly destroying the American population, and making us heavier and sicker than ever before.
It's even more pressing because by going "all or nothing" and being more likely to fail, we stay overweight and don't receive the plethora of other benefits associated with weight loss.
By "other benefits", I'm referring to the fact that a shockingly large percentage of health
problems get better or disappear completely with weight loss.
Obesity is the direct or indirect cause of almost all major modern diseases (including heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, Alzheimer's, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, stroke, etc.)
Knowing this is a blessing in disguise. Before worrying ourselves to death over diseases that we have, or may have one day, we now know exactly where we need to focus our efforts.
Weight loss is the #1 goal. All the positive internal and external changes due to the weight loss will travel further down the chain and likely reduce the risk of most other diseases.
And this weight loss can be accomplished by eating well 80-85% of the time, and having "cheat" foods the rest of the time.
In doing this, we reap the majority of health benefits from eating clean, healthy foods to nourish our body and mind AND we lose weight AND we still feel satisfied with occasional indulgences in our favorite foods.
On a personal note, I watched the "weight loss = much more than just weight loss" dynamic unfold right in front of me.
I had always thought my chronic shoulder bursitis and debilitating lower back pain would need surgery or "years of physical therapy" (the latter of which I did, for 5 years, only to see zero progress). I literally thought it would never improve, and I had all but given up on it.
This all changed after I lost about 40 pounds (of my total 76 pounds) and inadvertently took a huge strain off my body and mind.
This tremendous decrease in pressure on my joints, coupled with proper nutrition, a few
supplements, and some activity ended up doing MUCH more than just making me look and feel better. It actually got rid of my chronic shoulder and back pain, which gave me a whole new lease on life. (On a deeper note: I had suffered from years of chronic depression, anxiety, and poor self-esteem, which had seemed insurmountable in the past. I realized later on that a lot of this had to do with my poor self-image via obesity from a young age. This literally disappeared once I got in shape and started taking better care of myself.)
So, if you're suffering from any sort of anxiety, depression, or self-esteem issues, sit tight because in my experience, weight loss affects MUCH more than just how you look in the mirror.
In any case, now that we've started to rip apart some myths about weight loss, let's talk about the factors that run the show.
It essentially comes down to lifestyle choices (which, for beginners should be very taken slowly and easily. More on this later.)
Specifically it boils down to the "Big Three of Weight Loss":
#1: Smart Nutrition
#2: Natural Movement
#3: Stress and Toxin Management
Now that's all simple in theory right?
Eat healthy, exercise, and don't smoke, right?
Well...sorta. It's unfortunately not that simple.
You see, for starters, our beliefs around real "nutrition" and eating "right" are completely f'ed up, for lack of a better phrase.
Instead of studying the lifestyle habits of people who've "done it right" for thousands of years (while staying free from obesity and illness)...what do we do?
Well, we (i.e. most Western societies) follow the advice of big corporations, mass media, and uninformed doctors. Most of whom, mind you, have a financial stake in recommending certain nutrition methods and medicines to us.
And with all our advances in modern science, we're still ending up with uncontrollable obesity, early death, and major illnesses, some of which include:
- Heart Disease
- ADD and ADHD
We're stuck with these horrific diseases, while many societies have NEVER even *heard* of them. (Remember how some cultures don't even have a word for "cancer" in their vocabulary?)
When I was starting out (75+ pounds heavier than I am today), I had NO idea how to eat right. I was completely lost amidst different advice coming from every other website, blog, or magazine article.
And you know what? It sucked! I didn't know what was right for me, and I kept going from plan to plan...NEVER seeing any real progress.
Even worse, I hated myself for it.
I saw people all around me, in good shape, or I saw people losing weight easily, and
I was sick to my stomach. I did what was supposed to be right, but just couldn't get it. And it left me thinking that I just wasn't "good enough" to be skinny too.
It was far from a happy existence, to say the least.
Have you ever felt that way? Doing everything "right" but then beating yourself up for not seeing results?
Thankfully, this all changed when I stumbled upon the amazing secret of "real food" nutrition (and the traditional cultures who'd been following it).
The best part? It helped me finally cut through the "fog" and B.S. that everyone and their mother yaps about.
Let's get into it.
Interested in losing weight? Then click below to see the exact steps I took to lose weight and keep it off for good...
Moving forward, there are several other articles/topics I'll share so you can lose weight even faster, and feel great doing it.
Below is a list of these topics and you can use this Table of Contents to jump to the part that interests you the most.