31 March 2015

The 7 Dumbest Weight Loss Lies We Believe

I hadn't post on this blog over 2 weeks. The children and I spent the school holiday at my parents. I hadn't update because when I'm not at home, I find it quite tricky to blog and get things done just by using my smartphone. Not only blogging. When I'm not at home, I'm prone to cheat on my diet.
The 7 Dumbest Weight Loss Lies We Believe

Who else having trouble coping with diet hurdles? Share in the comments the challenges you are facing when you try to lose weight and how do you overcome?

I believe that one of the many reason why me and most people who try to lose weight keep stuck where there are, is because they've been making excuse after excuse about why they can't shed the weight. When I was a young working mom, I blame peer pressure for not losing weight. My office mate often brought food to work. It's awkward to be someone who turn down food when everyone around you is eating. I always feel it's consider rude to not eating food people offer you, isn't it? After I had my second child, I quit my job and becoming a stay at home mom. I gain freedom from peer pressure but as a stay-at-home mom the kitchen is now fully accessible 24/7 to me and here's another lame excuse for not losing weight. That's a lie!

We all believe lies. We might not notice it. But it creeps into our minds and lives in such a sneaky way. Let's find out 7 weight loss lies we tend to believe and start doing something about it.

1. I can't lose weight because I have the fat genes

Genetics may play a role, but they're not entirely to blame. Jessica Alba famously quoted as saying she was terrified about getting fat because she got fat genes from both sides of her family. She grew up in a "heavily overweight" family. So she started make her own meals, cooking with fresh ingredients and lean protein since the age of 12 to beat the fat genes.

Genes account for only 20% of your health. It is always your own decision that will shape your destiny. According to a research, lifestyle especially diet can switch on or off the genes that control weight. It will be very hard to change the inherited eating habits, but I believe it's possible. For example, we are not born with the knowledge of finance. But we learned the skills and practice it and made into fixed habits - habits that can be changed.

2. My friends and family believe I can't lose weight. I am born to be fat.

Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s fine. It’s not their journey to make sense of. It’s yours. The key is PATIENT. Losing weight may be a long journey. Accept it. You are not gaining 50 pounds overnight, so don't expect weight loss to happen quickly. Work hard in silence, let success make the noise.

3. It'm too old to lose weight and get to the size I want.

Age is irrelevant. You are never too late, never too old to lose weight and feel great. Life goals and accomplishment do not have an age limit.

4. I cannot afford to get healthy. Healthy food is expensive.

It doesn't have to be. One way to save money on healthy food: buy seasonal produce from farmers’ markets. A study finds that grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy foods are actually cost less than foods high in saturated fat, added sugars or salt if you compare the price by weight or portion size.

5. I will gain back all the weight I lost.

You are predicting the worst future. When you do this, you will develop anxiety which will trigger your cravings for salty, sweet and high-fat foods. Margaret Thatcher was spot on about this: "Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become." 

When we start to repeat the same negative thoughts in our heads over and over, we will eventually start to believe it. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones and you'll start having positive results. Here are 60 examples of positive self-talk.

6. Party season all year round, I can't stick to a diet.

Easter, Memorial Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Labor day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. There are always excuses to hurt ourselves. The path to weight loss does not have to be bland, boring, and lonely. You don't need to lock yourself away in a secluded ivory tower for the sake of weight loss. It just takes a little forethought.

I still need to improve myself in this area - planning my meal ahead. It is always wise to expect what to be serve at the party you're attending and decide in advance if you want to stay on course with your weight-loss efforts or if you want to treat yourself to some extras at the party.

7. I am too busy to exercise

The 7 Dumbest Weight Loss Lies We Believe

Lie lie lie.We all have the same 24 hours in the day. It's how you manage your time that matters. Some cool tips from fitness expert and the author of  Shortcuts to Big Weight Loss (Rodale), Chris Freytag: Treat your workout like you would any other appointment—it has to be planned, specific, written down, and communicated to your family. "Don't just say, 'I'm going to exercise today. Be clear about what you're actually going to do, meet a friend, or sign up for a class.”

To break free of  lies you've been telling yourself, you must first identify and own the lies rather than suppress or deny it. Whenever you feel out of control, bored, or sad, identify the negative thoughts. Journaling is the best way to pinpoint them. Challenge these negative thoughts by finding and stating the truth.

Do you told yourself a similar lie? What's the biggest (weight loss) lie you tell yourself? How did you overcome the lie? 
Share in the comments. 

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