The Two Biggest Weight Loss MYTHS and Why They're Absolute NONSENSE
Everywhere we look, it seems, we're battered with yet another myth about how to lose weight. Here are two of the most widely circulated and why they're 100% false.
Number 1: "If you want to lose weight, you have to eat very little."
If you do a bit of research on the internet about this subject, you learn pretty quickly: you can't lose weight simply by eating very little. Of course, drastically reducing your portions can cause some loss of weight in certain cases, but usually this is very unhealthy for your body and the wrong kind of weight loss. Instead of feeding your body the right foods, you simply eat less of both the bad and the good.
And that's the problem: many women and men reduce their food intake and think this is a totally safe way of shedding some pounds. But not only does this strategy make you unhappy, it also leaves you deprived and energyless.
Not to mention, everyone loses (and gains!) weight differently. For some people, extreme calorie cutting doesn't have much of an effect at all. Then they're just left at the end of a 1800-calorie day wondering why they feel absolutely horrible and haven't lost a single pound.
Our body gives us signals. When we feel hungry, it's normally because we simply haven't eaten enough. We can condition ourselves to deal with hunger, especially if we're trying to adjust from a lavish diet (after a vacation, for example) back to a normal, healthy-portioned one. But still, the energy demand of your body is usually pretty stable and does not change much, as it depends on various factors such as body size, weight, how active you are, and your overall life situation.
If you're changing your diet and replacing greasy and sugary foods with low-calorie food, you'll need to eat more of the low-calorie food in order to meet your daily needs.
Number 2: "Women who work out build up too many muscles and look too masculine"
Many women are too scared to even venture into the strength training section of the gym because they're afraid that if they lift weights, they'll end up looking like men and have a muscular, masculine body. But this is completely untrue!
You can't become a bodybuilder by accident, and you won't just one day look in the mirror and realize you look like a professional weightlifter. That takes hours of hard and targeted efforts, combined with a specific dietary change, and it usually requires 4-5 years or more to reach that kind of stature. Remember, too, that women produce significantly less testosterone than men, and this is the hormone that plays a decisive role in muscle building.
And one last thing: even super-in-shape, trained fitness models and bodybuilders are not perfect. They're not spared either from things like cellulite, stretch marks, and belly rolls. Take, for example, this picture (and inspiring message) of personal trainer Anna Victoria, where she shows her ultra-fit body in a sitting position – including a bit of a belly roll! ;-)
We'd just like to say: thank you for this refreshing honesty!
Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time. And I love both photos equally. Good or bad angles don't change your worth ?? I recently came across an article talking about how one woman stated she refuses to accept her flaws, because she doesn't see them as flaws at all. I LOVED that because it sends such a powerful message that our belly rolls, cellulite, stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of! As I'm getting older, I have cellulite and stretch marks that aren't going away, and I welcome them. They represent a life fully lived (for 28 years so far :)) and a healthy life and body at that. How can I be mad at my body for perfectly normal "flaws"? This body is strong, can run miles, can lift and squat and push and pull weight around, and it's happy not just because of how it looks, but because of how it feels. So when you approach your journey, I want you to remember these things: I will not punish my body I will fuel it I will challenge it AND I will love it ???????????? If you're following my page, you're a part of helping me spread this message and creating this movement - thank you. #fbggirls #realstagram www.annavictoria.com/guides
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