I am not a goal setter, New Year’s resolution maker or juice cleanse trendy dieter so this January health hoopla is already getting to be a bit much for me to take if you want to know the truth.
I think it’s great for some to kick start the year with a fresh outlook on life and attempt to clean up their diet but in my mind, there’s never a need to wait until January 1st. You can start anew any moment of any day on the calendar.
Recently I was chatting with a friend who is constantly trying to lose 5 pounds. I do not like to chime in with my opinion unless I am directly asked so when I was asked for advice, I replied with a question.
Do you really need to lose 5 pounds? Like, isn’t it entirely possible that your body needs those 5 pounds you are so desperately trying to get rid of every day?
On some level, we all have a set point. You can certainly try to mess with your caloric intake when you don’t really need to lose weight and sometimes succeed in eating less thereby losing a pound or 2, or even the 5. After a little while however, you will most likely gravitate back to eating the amount that satisfies your appetite and fall back within range of your set point, the point at which your body is most comfortable for functioning.
Eating less than what your body needs will eventually backfire on you. Through increased risk of injury, hormone imbalances (including amenorrhea) and a slowed metabolism (which can cause you to gain weight rather than lose weight even when you are eating less!).
This is a hard concept for most people to accept. And I totally get that. However, the sooner you can learn to accept that maybe you don’t really need to lose 5 pounds, the sooner you will feel free.
Even if you don’t use a scale (which I do not) you may feel as though you need to eat less to lean out, drop some inches just because or lose something to make your clothes fit better.
If you already follow a fairly balanced and healthy diet for your body, is it really worth cutting back on the foods you love or eat less even though you are still hungry just to make your clothes hang differently or have the scale read a magic number?
Is it worth giving up your afternoon snack which helps power you through the hours until dinner? Is it worth skipping the piece (or okay, several pieces sometimes) of dark chocolate in the evening if it makes you happy?
Is it worth denying yourself a drink, frozen yogurt, bread from the bread basket or a slice of cake with friends on the weekend when out for dinner once in a while?
My favorite snack lately! Peanut butter and mini chocolate chips 🙂
Is it worth dropping all forms of carbohydrates (to lose water weight as they say!) thereby sacrificing your workouts because you chose to skimp on important nutrients which has left you with little to no energy?
I think not.
Losing weight is necessary and healthy for some but not for all of us. Do not allow yourself to get caught up in this month of fitness extreme and detox dieting if you do not need it.
From what I can gather, it seems a lot of us (and myself included) really just need to learn how to continually adjust and balance what we eat with the workouts we already do to stay healthy and happy. We probably need to be eating more, not less and probably need more rest days built into our schedule, not extra sets of burpees and planks to complete some challenge. We are the exception to the January rule, okay?Do You Really Need To Lose 5 Pounds? #fitness #weightloss #dieting #fitfluential Click To Tweet
Do you use a scale?
What’s on the workout agenda for today?
Is it crazy cold where you are live today? Will you be running outside anyway?!