There are always fitness and weight loss gurus who are trying to sell you their next “big thing” when it comes to weight loss. Of course, many times it’s just the same old advice with a new twist. On top of that, those who are overweight often wonder if these gurus truly understand what it’s like to be overweight.
After all, many people who don’t love food the way food addicts do seem to think it’s simply a self-discipline problem – but it’s not. In fact, there are several reason why you may need to ignore weight loss gurus and get back to the basics.
Five Reasons Why You Should Ignore Weight Loss “Gurus”
They don’t understand the comfort factor. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard skinny person say about an overweight person, “Why don’t’ they just stop eating?” Well, the answer is… people who don’t indulge in food over stress, just don’t get it. People are wired differently, and being full means nothing if you really want to eat something you like, especially if you’re stressed out.
Strict diets and workout regimens don’t always work out. When you have 3 kids, a job, and you have to find time to work out, it always sound great in theory, but that’s not reality. Reality is, you’re exhausted, you never get a full night’s sleep, and on top of that, you’re expected to put in extra time at the kids’ schools as a volunteer. Do you know what that means? The biological and metabolic reality of this means extra cortisol in your bloodstream… and that equals staying fat.
They fail to take into consideration medical issues. As women and men age, the body reacts differently, and this meant that pounding your knees on a treadmill or doing lunges and squats may not be the best exercise regimen for you.
Those with bad knees have to take particular precautions to avoid permanent damage, and on top of that, unless they’ve done a full blood workup – or have access to it – they won’t be able to see if you’ve got any hormone issues you may be dealing with. Plus, there are other conditions that may inhibit the results fitness gurus promise, and if any of above mentioned situations are true, they can’t really assess your health and fitness needs accurately.
They are always trying to sell you something. Whether it’s their time, or if it’s their supplement-du-jour, fitness gurus usually aren’t in it for your benefit: they’re in it for their’s.
What they offer isn’t anything new. Usually, fitness gurus come up with some new schtick to get you to believe that “this time, it’s going to work better than ever.” OK, fine. But, think about it… is what they’re saying really anything new? Usually its recycled information that doesn’t provide any new information. However, it may give you a new strategy, so take it as you will.
Overall, weight loss and fitness is difficult for most people, and it’s a huge commitment. The bottom line is that you have to be mentally ready to get your body into the healthiest state for you – and it’s not dependent upon other people’s standards. Only yours. When you decide you’re ready, talk to your doctor about healthy habits and try to incorporate them into your daily life. You can also take advantage of natural, metabolism-increasing supplements like green coffee beans and green tea, as well as ensuring you take enough vitamin B and Chromium.
Other than that, the best way to lose weight is: avoid trans-fats, get moving (in any way), ensure you eat a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and take supplements, if necessary. Everyone can lose weight and get healthy – they just have to keep it simple, focus on getting moderate exercise, and stop thinking about it so much!