“UUUHHHHHHHH! The scale hasn’t moved at ALL!!”
“I’m so tired of seeing the SAME number when I step on this thing!”
“This is so frustrating!”
Whenever I first coach women in the areas of nutrition and healthy lifestyle these are words they mutter and often want to know how to break through a weight loss plateau. They’ve tried sooo many diets and for some reason they just can’t get that number on the scale to move in the “right” direction.
Although the ideal situation is that we all LOVE ourselves for where we are at RIGHT now some women really do NEED to get rid of excess pounds for health reasons. Unfortunately, they begin to doubt themselves and believe there is something wrong with them. In actuality there may be just a slight tweak that needs to be made regarding their nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle patterns. This self-doubt leads to self-sabotage as they slowly return back to their old eating habits. These eating habits are familiar to them and it comforts the mental frustration they experience when they need an escape the most.
I’ve also experienced occasions when the steps I was taking led to nowhere fast. During those times I thought I had things figured out just to find out that it WAS NOT WORKING. I mean, it was working, but not as quickly as I would’ve liked.
I recall a time when I was trying to lose excess belly fat after I had my daughter at the age of 30 and it seemed like NOTHING was working. Nothing was working because I was relying on techniques that were BOGUS. I’m sure you’ve read magazine rack and social media articles that promise 15 pounds of weight loss in 15 minutes. For some reason, we sometimes believe those silly marketing titles and then beat ourselves up when we don’t get the results they promised.
How to Avoid Alternative Weight Loss Facts: Do your Homework!
Today I’m going to share just 2 of the MANY things I look for when I evaluate a health and wellness article to make sure it’s not skewed b.s. Lock these tips in your brain and do NOT forget them because magazine headlines can be misleading.
Review the source and look into their background to make an educated decision about what standing they have to make such a claim. Have they graduated from a reputable accredited institution? Can they offer testimonials at the drop of a hat? Are they practicing what they preach?
Look for inconsistencies in the language used in the article. I have a very keen eye for language that contradicts or does not make full sense and will often dismiss an article as b.s when I notice that their claims don’t make sense given our human biology. If you’re ever reading an article and you’re unsure of whether or not it makes sense locate an appropriately trained professional to scan it for you.
Why is this even important? It’s important because too many of us are being duped into buying the next best product or doing the next best diet to get results at the speed of lightening and we’re NOT sustaining the results (if we even get results at all)!
It’s time to change that. Don’t ya think?
As a certified nutrition and healthy lifestyle coach I’ve heard it all! Please comment below and let me know which diets you have tried in the past and how well they worked for you. If you’ve hit a plateau and are discouraged I’ll respond with a word of encouragement and at least one resource that may work well for you.
Inspire someone and also share this with others who need to learn how to legitimately assess health information the RIGHT way.
Thanks for reading!
To Our Health and Happiness,