You read that right...N E V E R. I do realize that I am a pretty small person overall, but just because I'm a size 2/4 doesn't mean that I haven't suffered immensely when it comes to my body. I recently did my first LIVE video on my eating disorder past, why I think it happened, and how the addiction changed from one thing to another. For a long time I was allowing myself to starve because I wanted attention as a teenage girl who was lost and always messing up. I was grounded my entire four years of high school. And I was just looking for a way out, so I began eating less and less. Keeping up appearances and pretending were the hardest parts. And this was before I was ever introduced into the fitness industry. Don't even get me started on what coaches put their clients through and how unhealthy it is. I've tried pretty much every diet possible and I'm so thankful I did because it was a hard lesson to learn. If you don't make a change to your lifestyle then you will continue to lose and gain weight over and over and over again. Aka why the fad diets exist and are so popular. Trust me, I've learned the hard way. Little things every day can literally change your life. Have you ever started a diet, lost a bunch of wait, went back to eating normal, and then gained all the weight back (and then some)? If so, welcome to 99% of Americans. The main issue here is that you cannot expect to keep weight off if you don't not continue to do what you did to lose that weight. There are many many misconceptions in the health and fitness industry but here are a few that I've learned.
You do not have to drink a shake instead of eat a meal to lose weight.
You do not have to do a detox to lose weight.
You do not have to spend tons of money to lose weight.
Healthy food isn't more expensive.
These are only a select few but they really are true. The detox one really cracks me up. Our bodies detox naturally, on their own, you don't have to spend money to detox your body. It's science.
Here are the basics: Eat more veggies, eat out less, drink more water, move more. That's it. It's so simple but sadly there just isn't enough information out there to contradict what the market wants people to buy. Signing up for a challenge isn't going to keep the weight off. Cutting out entire food groups isn't going to keep that weight off. And neither is spending 100 bucks on protein powder (yep, it exists). You just have to be willing to change your life, for forever.
I have been gluten and dairy free for over 4 months now and my digestion has never been better in my entire almost 30 years of life. I coupled this lifestyle change with intermittent fasting, a practice that has been around for thousands of years. I've never felt better. And that's the exact reason why I will never diet again. A lifestyle change is not a diet. Remember that. Keep in mind that long term goals are more important than short term weight-loss. This is a HUGE factor in adapting a necessary mindset change. You cannot lose weight and keep if off if you do not change your mindset around health. If it sounds too good to be true then it is! Don't give into the nonsense and if you're not sure, ask someone! I didn't really think I'd stick to an actual lifestyle change, if I'm being honest. But I did it and I'm so proud of myself for coming this far. You really can change and lose all that weight, but only if you want to.
1 Corinthians 6:20 reads, "For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
Let's get healthy, together! Who's with me?!
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