5 Common Health Mistakes You're Making and How to Fix Them
Too often, we think that when we are doing good for ourselves if we skip that one meal, or we exercise 7 times a week. We think that we're maximizing our workout time by doing as many exercises in two hours that we can. If we cut out as many "things" as we can from our diet, that'll DEFINITELY get us to our weight loss/fitness goals. Yeah, right. I can tell you what I do to stay in shape, but that's not necessarily what is going to work for you. I have my schedule, my routine, my eating habits, and you're going to have yours. But WE ALL have made those horrible mistakes on that journey to being our best self that people swear by, but in the end, are really counter-productive.
I swear, this is the #1 BIGGEST mistake that anyone can make when they are trying to lose weight. Unless you are fasting and praying for clarity, you NEED to be eating. Period. Skipping breakfast after you've already fasted during sleep isn't smart. You need to wake up your metabolism so you can start to burn fat. When you skip meals, you're slowing down your metabolism and leading your body into starvation mode. This causes your body to work slower to get rid of fat. It's actually going to hold on to the fat for a longer period of time.
CUTTING OUT ALL CARBS
I'll be honest, if I could eat carbs every day of my life, I would, because I love carbs. I have a secret for you. I CAN eat carbs every day of my life, and so can you. You NEED carbs to give you the energy you need to get through your workouts. It is a building block of your path to a successful fitness journey. But there is a misconception that carbs are ONLY bread and pasta. Those things have carbs, and therefore, those things are bad, so we must cut out carbs, and doing this will promote weight loss. Another untruth. For one, carbs come in so many different forms. You don't have to cut them out completely (THAT would be insane). If you're trying to cut fat, carbs, the way you're thinking about it, is not the way to do it. Carbs come in various forms; fruits, veggies, whole grains. These things are good for you, and actually boost your metabolism, brain function, and overall health.
CUTTING OUT ALL FATS
Here's another myth that we fall into. All fat is NOT bad fat. We decide to cut out all fats, but then we replace them with refined carbs, like white bread and rice. This just raises triglyceride levels and increase heart and blood vessel disease. We miss out on all the benefits of good fats that we need to keep our insides healthy, when we cut out all fats. Mono- and poly- unsaturated fats are GOOD for you. They lower cholesterol and reduce the chance of getting heart disease. So get those good fats in!
OBSESSING OVER NUMBERS
Please know that when you obsess over the numbers on your scale, you're creating stress for yourself. You're increasing the cortisol in your system, and being counterproductive in your weight loss. Mentally, you're you're hitting your head upside a brick wall when you obsess over numbers. Take some time, instead, to give yourself some credit for sticking to the program you're on, so that you're more relaxed and focused on what you're doing. Weight is not the only way to track your progress. It's not the only way to track good health either. As long as you do the work, the results will come. I promise.
The last mistake that I believe is so important to tackle is over exercising. It is completely okay to exercise 5-6 times a week. But you need to be on a program that serves your fitness purpose. It is very possible to over exercise. We think that if we have that one extra slice of pizza, that we can just stay in the gym for 10 extra minutes. You cannot out-exercise a bad diet (or no diet, if you're not eating). Over exercising can lead to injury, overwhelm, and burnout.