6 misleading health myths that won’t guarantee results

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 www.bbcgoodfood.com 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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