22 Apr It’s More Than Weight Loss..
This week I’ve seen a ton of commercials trying to sell their diets that counts calories, counts points, and whatever else they come up with. Getting your weight to a healthy weight is important, but it’s only one part of being healthy.
Losing weight is not the end all be all. I’ve seen very skinny people unhealthy and I’ve seen really fit, muscles popping out on every part of their body people that are also unhealthy. Guys, what we see on the outside doesn’t always show the quality of our health.
One of the commercials I saw was a celebrity was saying “I love BREAD! I ate it everyday and STILL lost weight.” I literally gave myself a face palm. I wanted to scream, “IT’S SO MUCH MORE THAN LOSING SOME WEIGHT!” We eat to thrive and to be optimal in this one life that we have. Eating processed bread everyday is just giving you nutritionally empty calories.
There is nothing great about that. Our bodies become hungry because it’s craving the right fuel and nutrients to give to the cells to keep doing their daily job and doing it right. Cool, you lost some weight, but does your risk go down for chronic diseases by continuing to eat processed food? NO.
Sidenote: I’m totally down for a nice splurge every now & then. I love doing a 90% diet of good & 10% diet of those not-so-good splurges at weddings, birthdays, holidays, etc. They stay at 10% for a reason though.
Commercials like this give people the wrong idea. I see people all the time looking at just calories or just a certain macronutrient (carbs, protein, and fats) – it isn’t that simple. When people watch for carbs, they see 0 g, so they eat it. But what they didn’t see is the artificial sweeteners that were added to make up for the 0 g of carbs. Artificial sweeteners are linked to disrupting your endocrine system and neurological issues. Plus, they cause cravings as well. See what I’m saying?
Don’t focus on just weight loss. Don’t just focus on fueling up on whatever carbs after a intense workout. Focus on REAL FOODS and the quality of them. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that once you are skinny you are healthy. Feed your cells the nourishment they are asking for.
This is the main reason why I started Thrival Nutrition. I love teaching people that it’s MORE than just losing weight, but to optimize your body from the inside out.
Stay healthy friends!