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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

6 misleading health myths that won’t guarantee results

When you’re new to a healthy lifestyle, the amount of advice out there is really overwhelming and most of the time, unrelatable to real women with real lives. Whose opinion do you trust? How do you know what is right for you? Let me bust a few myths that I have found to be unhelpful and untrue;
Carbs are the enemy

 Obviously I don’t believe in this! If you ask me what my favourite foods are I’d say pizza, pasta and a whole loaf of crusty bread. I couldn’t live without carbs, especially after a workout to refuel my body. I’ve tried low-carb and in all honesty, I was less bloated which probably made my stomach look flatter. But I was also starving and more prone to binges which leads to a vicious cycle of guilt. I don’t class any food groups as ‘bad’ or ‘good’ there are simply more and less nutritious options. Enjoy all foods, guilt free

Diet pills work

I can’t believe that we’re in 2019 and they’ve only just passed a law to stop these ads! It’s so nice to see how far the health industry has come since I was an impressionable teenager. I did the whole diet pill thing. I poured sachets into drinks to help suppress my appetite, I took green tea capsules to speed up my metabolism, I drank detox tea that gave me diarrhoea. Unsurprisingly, they were a complete waste of money. The only thing that has ever helped me better my health is moving more and eating better, it doesn’t have to be complicated. 

Healthy eating is too expensive

 I know this might be a controversial one. Because I agree that fruit and veg and general ‘health food’ is more expensive and less accessible to some. But I firmly believe that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be about expensive green juices or shopping in niche health shops for the best gluten-free granola. As a Vegetarian, I eat a lot of vegetables but my husband doesn’t. So I buy a lot of frozen veg which is just as nutritious and much cheaper. There are plenty of websites now that are dedicated to creating healthy meals on a budget. Try for family-friendly budget meals that don’t cost the earth.  

Cardio is the best form of exercise

 When I first started going to the gym my routines consisted of running on the treadmill for at least 30 minutes, before moving on to some floor work. I thought that every single workout had to include at least 30 mins of Cardio, but now this doesn’t work for me. I also know that I find running consistently for 30 minutes mind-numbing so why put myself through it? Some form of Cardio every day is beneficial to our heart health and great for burning calories if you have a weight loss goal. But Cardio can come in all different forms, a 20-minute brisk walk on your lunch break is Cardio.

How much you weigh matters

I used to be obsessive about weighing myself, I did it every day. We’ve all been there. We’ve starved ourselves all week and been to the gym and we’ve gained a pound?! Cue midnight binges and ‘I give up, I’m going to be fat forever I should have just eaten the burger.’ It’s an endless cycle of negativity, self-doubt and insecurity and none of us need that in our lives. I’m so much happier since making a vow to not weigh myself and seeing others do the same. It’s possible to get to a place where you’re so in tune with your body that you just know when you’re not your best self. My jeans become uncomfortable, my skin breaks out, I’m constantly bloated and I’m lethargic. There are much more natural cues to when we haven’t prioritised our health that we can rely on that are less damaging to our confidence.

Being 'fit' means looking a certain way

 In recent years the health and fitness industry has shifted in how ‘fit’ people look. It still has a long way to go but being healthy and active is so much more focused now on achieving your goals and feeling good about yourself, and less about how this looks. When I decided to train to be a persal trainer, I had a crisis of confidence. I was pregnant and had inevitably gained weight. Will people trust that I’m ‘fit’ enough to train them if I don’t look a certain way? The answer is that fit comes in so many different shapes and sizes. I am fit and healthy and I’m also a normal woman who needs chocolate at that time of the month and a Friday night takeaway. When I was a teenager I always bunked off P.E and my diet was appalling, yet I was a size 8. People probably presumed that I was fit and healthy when I wasn’t at all. 

When it comes to healthy living, do your research. But always trust your gut instinct and only do what feels right for you and your body! We're all different and our body and minds have different needs. Health should not be a 'one size fits all' approach.


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