What you eat makes up 90% of the weight loss battle. Unfortunately, most of the nutrition recommendations are bunk! Check out this article a friend sent me. It covers the 13 biggest myths that cause people to get fatter and sicker.
Up until last year, I believed every one of those myths. Once I tipped the scales at 325, I started to question things.
So how did I actually kick these myths to the curb? I did my research. That started with a great book I’ve mentioned before, Why We Get Fat. Not another diet book, it focuses on the science of what happens when we eat. If you don’t know what 100 calories of pasta vs. 100 calories of protein does to your body, you’ll find it harder to lose weight.
After that, I actually talked to my doctor about a plan for losing weight — something that many of us don’t do.
After years of being part of Weight Watchers, I always ignored their advice about “consulting your doctor before starting a weight loss program.” After all, I just needed to eat less and exercise more, right? If that was the case, why didn’t I lose the weight 5, 10, 20 years ago? Oh, I don’t have will power. What a crock!
For the last 50 years, we’ve let weight loss information be dominated by psychiatrists and nutritionists, and yet medical doctors are the ones who actually treat obese people. That just doesn’t seem right.
So last year I stopped listening to pop culture’s idea of weight loss and actually scheduled my very first physical. Boy what I shock. I was fatter and sicker than I thought. It was like being in Bizzaro World – all my good numbers were way too low and all my bad numbers were way too high. But it was the eye-opener I needed.
The game plan I discussed with my doctor completely busted any nutrition myth I still believed.
A year later, the complete opposite happened at my physical – all my good numbers skyrocketed and the bad numbers dropped like stones. We tweaked my weight loss plan and I’m continuing my march to good health.
OK, I’m off my soap box.