I love fitness, working out, and living a healthy life. I am good at it because I work so hard for it! It has taken lots of years to figure even a small amount of things out.
I want to talk a bit about weight loss!
I know a few things: 1. Consistency is key, 2. You have to believe in yourself and love yourself FIRST before you can make any significant changes, and 3. You cannot starve yourself skinny. This is unhealthy and it doesn’t work. Let’s talk about point #3 here. I am angry today because of some BS I was reading today. I was getting my nails done (yes, I am girly like that) and reading magazines. US Life and Style listed a great, new diet to lose 15 pounds in a week so you can look like Kate Hudson!
Here it is:
The daily calories range from 900-1100 calories per day. THIS IS RIDICULOUS.
I can tell you, that the only thing this “diet” will do is wreak havoc on your body especially if sustained for long periods of time.
Stress hormones (cortisol) increase which lead to leptin and insulin resistance (this will cause weight GAIN). You may even lose your period and increase risk of infertility. Not only that, you’ll probably end up being moody as hell and no one will want to be around you. You’ll be constipated, not sleeping well, cold all the time, and your hair will fall out in chunks (1). Yay!!…..because maybe you might get skinny?
IF you are really struggling to lose weight, make sure you are eating enough calories because it can be just as detrimental to your health as eating too much.
If you think you may have an eating disorder, seek professional help. One good resource I have found is: http://www.nedic.ca/ as well as CAMH and obviously, my favourite place (because I am an alumni!), Homewood!
Another tip, don’t try to look like Kate Hudson or Gwyneth Paltrow or Jessica Alba. YOU ARE YOU and you are NOT THEM. Be yourself and love yourself. Damn girl, ain’t nobody gonna change that.