The longer I blog, the more I notice weight loss, stay fit, i-want-a-flat-tummy type blogs. Filled with “inspirational” pictures of girls with flat stomachs. Many of these blogs are more about narcissism and less about being active, eating healthy, or finding inspiration from other healthy individuals, whether it be professional athletes or joe-schmos. I see blogs where people disclose that they lost 2 pounds that day, and that they are closer to a hot body. Guess what? Those two pounds could be from that giant poop you just took, or it might be that you are dehydrated.
For those of you who are seeking to lose weight, ask yourself: why do you want to lose weight? Is it for aesthetic reasons? Do you want to be more attractive? Do you want to be healthy so that you lengthen your life expectancy, decrease your risk for disease, and maintain a quality-based, active life? If your primary reason is anything but the latter, then get real. Why do you think the majority of people who exercise and eat healthy do so? Because they want to be a hot piece of ass? No, most long-term healthy individuals stay healthy because they love the way eating right and exercising makes them FEEL. For those of you who are not living healthfully, and want to do so, let me assure you that establishing a healthy routine does NOT happen overnight. This is not meant to discourage, but Americans are plagued with the mentality of instant gratification (which partly explains why a massive amount of people are currently in debt, and partly why the economy is in the shit-hole, but that’s another rant). I could go on and on, but I think you’re attention span is starting to diminish, if it hasn’t already. I’ll save some more ideas for a later post. I’ll just include these last bullets:
*STOP DIETING. Dieting is a trap. Going on a diet suggests that what you’re doing is only temporary. If you go on a diet that’s starving yourself for a couple weeks, yeah you’ll lose weight. But you’ll also slow your metabolism and gain the weight back so quickly once the diet is over. Or, if you’re on a diet that is limiting yourself of one nutrient, (low carb diet, or eliminating fat all together, for examples), that is NOT healthy. 45-65% of your daily food intake should come from Carbohydrates, 20-35% from Fats, and 10-35% from protein.
*STOP DOING EXERCISES/ACTIVITIES THAT YOU HATE. Ok, maybe you just HATE working out all-together (and maybe part of the reason you do is lack of confidence). But, find the one you dislike the least, and go for it. You might find that the longer you do it, the easier it becomes and the more you enjoy it.
*FIND INSPIRATION. Don’t find it from pictures of super lean Victoria Secret models, who have chicken legs and photoshopped abdominals. Find inspiration from environmentally conscience farmers, from physically active handicapped individuals, from mountain landscapes, from delicious and healthy recipes, from the 100 year old man who just completed yet another marathon. These are REAL people. The video on this post is a type of video that inspires me.