The other day, a client mentioned that a close friend of hers made a remark that she wouldn’t last on her new weight loss journey.
Have you heard this before? “It’s not sustainable.”
When you embark on a healthy journey, people are generally supportive. However, there will be naysayers who’ll make comments such as, “I can’t do that. I want to enjoy life. Life’s too short. I don’t have the will power. I don’t have time like you do,” and so forth. I’ve personally heard all sorts of comments during my weight gain and weight loss journey.
I don’t believe people have intentions on knocking someone down for getting healthy and fit, however there’s a lot of confusion and misunderstanding when it comes to fitness and nutrition. The whole fitness and nutrition industry is a mess. There’s far too much misinformation and conflicting information out there. Marketers will try to sell you gimmicks, fad diets, and pills and potions. Even fitness professionals find nutrition confusing.
👉If apersonal trainer, throws a cookie cutter meal plan at you, run the other way. I’ll admit…Before experiencing my journey and launching our nutrition coaching program, I was quite misinformed myself.
Through my personal journey, I’ve learned so many valuable lessons which has given me greater insight on some of the challenges that you’ve perhaps faced in the past, or are currently facing.
When I was gaining weight form 218 pounds, there were concerns from my close friends and family about my health.
When I was losing weight, I was surprised by some of comments. Of course, many were quite supportive.
I’m going to do debunk these comments and ‘myths’ to shed some light on the truth, as there’s far too much misconception on nutrition.
Here are the 5 Common Myths
Myth #1: “I can’t do that. I want to enjoy life. Life’s too short…”
You can still enjoy life. My diet is not a starvation or deprivation diet. In fact, I have more energy. I sleep much better. I’m in a far better mood. I have a confession to make. My favourite cheat meals are steak with mash potatoes, pizza, and burgers. I can still enjoy them every week and still stay on track with my goals, and still keep my new abs. I also go through different ‘phases’ much like everyone else. There are phases where I indulge more than usual. The key is to get back on track afterwards.
Myth #2: “I don’t have time to workout…”
In as little as 30 minutes, at least 2x/week, you can still reap the benefits of exercise. You’ll have more energy to get through your day. It may be hard to believe..Eventually you’ll make time for it, once you see amazing results and start feeling amazing after each workout. Please keep in mind that you can’t out exercise your nutrition. Save your time and energy! If you’re working out 5 days a week, especially doing lots of cardio, and aren’t seeing much results, reach out to me! Let’s get you back on track! Too much cardio isn’t good either for your weight loss goals. Yup! I’ll get into that another time. As well, it’s important to be aware of your bio-feedback each week. I’ll also get into that another time.
Myth #3: “I don’t have the will power…”
Neither do I. I have the worst will power. If I see pizza in front of me, most likely, I’m going to be the first to eat a slice. gosh, I still struggle with this from time to time. It’s not all about will power. You must give your body a chance to adjust. Extreme diets with caloric deprivation will only set you up to fail. You can’t go from 0 to 60, and then blame yourself for failing due to a lack of will power. You can’t go from consuming 4000 daily calories to 2000 calories. Your body will hate you. By day 3, you’ll be tempted to crack.
Myth #4: “You actually work with a nutrition coach? Aren’t you an expert in fitness and nutrition?…”
Hiring anutrition coach has been integral in my weight loss journey. It’s been a game changer! I still work with my nutrition coach to this day. I’ve learned so much about nutrition, especially in the past few years. I don’t consider myself an expert at anything really, because I’m a long long student. I’m always learning and growing.
Why do I work with a coach if I’m already a coach?
Even professional athletes have coaches. A coach will filter through your chaos and assign you with action steps that you need to do today, in order to reach your goals for tomorrow, for next week, for next month, and so forth. My nutrition continues to change, as I get closer to my goals each day. Knowing is not enough. It’s about taking action and taking steps to get closer to your goals.
Myth #5: “Just send me your meal plan and I’m good…”
Getting a cookie cutter meal plan isn’t the solution. My meal plan won’t necessarily work for you, as your starting point may be different. Your challenges and obstacles are unique to you.
Nutrition coaching is about creating action and implementation to suit your current lifestyle. Having someone just tell you what to eat is just scratching the surface.
Have a great rest of your week! Crush it!