Oh it’s been one of those weeks. Why does it seem like every time I turn around there is just another new version of craziness when it comes to diet, nutrition and exercise?
Sometimes, I don’t notice as much, but then when there is a lot of it I guess I’m more prone to thinking… stop… like stop it already.
Many times I’m glad I’m behind a computer when I see things so my eye roll isn’t apparent and obvious haha
What’s got me bothered?
Hmm, well I’ll tell you. Quite a few things. I guess I get troubled over information and shared ideas that people will gulp down as fast as a frog can gulp a fly.
I’m often horrified at how people believe things without their own research or fact gathering on a topic.
So what’s at the top of my list?
Can we please stop demonizing foods/food groups?
Really. Unless you have a medical condition, or a food allergy or abstaining from something just makes you overall feel better, then don’t get on the “exclude foods train” because Bob at work is doing it.
Worse yet are people who are on the train but have no idea why they are… like gluten free. Really, the only people who need to be on a gluten free diet are ones who have celiac disease.
Stop deciding foods are “bad” or that they offer no value.
Excluding entire food groups robs your body of essential vitamins and minerals not found in other foods you keep in your diet.
One of the worst things, like THE worst is how the diet industry has somehow made many fruits “bad”.
Yes, I know I’m kinda yelling here, and yes I’m fully aware some fruits have a higher sugar content than others,
Big deal. Natural sugars found in fruits are not the same as sugars you get noshing on your donuts, cookies or candies. Or your 64 oz. big gulp soda.
Fruits are low calorie and loaded with so many amazing things for our body and really, you’d have to eat loads of high sugar fruits to make an impact on your health.
Stop demonizing fruit.
Is there a bumper sticker like that??
Listen you know what the enemy really is?
You… or more like you’re not controlling what goes in your mouth and the quantity of it. That is the problem.
Food is simply, food.
What we do with it becomes the bigger issue.
The magic diet bus.
Another one bothering me, is constantly seeing credit given to a particular diet as if it holds the very unique and magical keys to unlocking permanent and successful weight loss.
Uh…if you believe that… I’ve got some diet pills to sell you…. 😉
All together now boys and girls, there is no great diet that is the be all and end all to successful weight loss.
I hate to keep throwing the same ‘ol science bubble around but here I go again…..
weight loss occurs, and only occurs, when there is a caloric deficit plain and simple.
Not because Diet “X, Y, Z” has made you lose weight.
You are simply consuming less calories, combined with maybe some purposeful exercise and that combination will lead to weight loss.
You’ve also most likely maybe made adjustments to some “non- essential” foods that has helped too.
And by that I mean those extra snacks and treats you don’t need to live but make life worth living haha
Find what works for you, that gives your body real, nutrient dense food, and go from there. The idea is to do what is sustainable for you, for a lifetime, and not a few weeks or months.
And any plan that restricts, or eliminates foods is just not going to be long term sustainable. If it were I wouldn’t see people excited over having cheat days so they could feel normal again and have what’s been withheld from them. That’s a cycle you really don’t wanna be on.
You want a side of protein with that?
If there’s a marketing bus every company in the world has jumped on now, it’s the protein bus.
If it moves, let’s slap protein in it, and throw a big label on the package so the consumer who’s heard something about “getting more protein” will buy it up., even though they may not entirely know why. Kinda like the gluten free thing.
People really are sheep.
I mean after all, it worked for the “fat free” gimmick for years, right? I saw fat free on labels of products that would’ve never had fat in them to start with. For example…A bag of jelly beans comes to mind ..
Honestly, I cannot tell you how many products that would never be a protein source I’ve seen on store shelves proudly displaying it “contains protein”.
Here’s a couple of my thoughts on this.
Protein IS important. It is the building block our bodies for skin, hair, cell growth, muscle growth etc
Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
There is also just a certain amount our bodies need and then excess is just flushed or stored as fat.
I swear by protein as the main thing in my meals that keeps me full, not sluggish and giving me that steady energy source….of course plenty of veggies and fruits go with that too to keep me full and give me all day energy.
Real foods with protein keep us satisfied longer and keep blood sugar levels steady ( meaning no crashing feeling)
The normal person has no trouble getting in their daily protein when they eat a balanced diet.
If you’re more athletic than the normal person, or a serious competitive body builder, your needs may be different.
If at all possible, you should get your protein from real food sources and not added supplements.
Protein rich foods include dairy like Greek yogurt ( 23 grams of real protein in a cup serving of plain) cottage cheese, yogurts,eggs, lean meats, cheese, fish, milk etc
Protein is also found in non meat sources like veggies and beans. I wrote an article on that… find it here….https://sassyfitnesschick.com/2019/01/22/protein-rich-foods-for-weight-loss/
Always strive to eat real food for optimal nutrition.
Well boys and girls, that will wrap up my rants for the day.
Uh… for now anyways.
Now tell me, do you have any favorite things that make you a little crazy in the world of health and fitness?