There are over 1 billion overweight people in the world, and the number continues to grow. In 1992, American’s spent an estimated $30 billion on weight loss programs and products. We have since doubled that number! Yup over $60 billion a year is spent on programs, foods, drinks, and supplements that are destroying our health and sending the wrong message to our kids.
So many people still think skinny = healthy. Yes, when people are overweight that is a outward sign that they’re not healthy on the inside. BUT skinny people can be unhealthy also! I know skinny people that have high cholesterol, migraines, fatigue and even cancer.
Let’s set our sights higher! Make your goal to be healthy….to feel the best you’ve ever felt, to have a normal blood pressure, to never have a headache again (my personal health goal), to run around with your kids without getting out of breath….for the rest of your life!
Having the goal to lose weight is a good goal, don’t get me wrong. However, if that’s your only goal you’re selling yourself short. Just wanting to lose weight is what is keeping the weight on. It’s what keeps you going with the yo-yo diets. And it’s actually making your health worse!
Making weight loss your primary goal may lead you to quick fix after quick fix, like diet pills, fad diets, or restricting food. All those tactics do is make you malnourished, have low self esteem, lose muscle and bone, destroy your hormones and gut. It could even lead to food obsession and eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia.
In the least you’re setting yourself up for failure because what you’re most likely NOT doing is creating healthy sustainable lifestyle changes.
Sure when you restrict calories or use diet pills you’ll lose weight, but at what other costs? As mentioned above, you can become malnourished because you aren’t consuming enough necessary vitamins and minerals which can also create an electrolyte imbalance. These can also lead to the slowing down of your metabolism and muscle or bone loss.
An electrolyte imbalance can be a huge problem for your health. Electrolytes consist of calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium and others. Electrolytes control all of our body functions. Some of the most important functions being our heart beat, our immune system, strong bones, and digestion. Read more about electrolytes here.
According to this article, calorie restriction also leads to a slower metabolism, decreased immune function, and reproductive issues.
Count chemicals, not calories:
Calories in vs calories out does not equal healthy living. For example, are you eating a 100 calorie snack that’s full of chemicals and artificial junk or are you eating a 100 calorie nutrient dense apple? There’s a HUGE difference there. One of those foods contributes to disease (even obesity) because it’s full of man-made chemicals and the other contributes to being disease free and naturally at the right weight for you.
The quality of calories is way more important than the quantity. We now know that there is “convincing evidence of chemical “obesogens”—dietary, pharmaceutical, and industrial compounds that may alter metabolic processes and predispose some people to gain weight”. (source) Dietary obesogens are found in ultra processed, packaged, man-made items. They can also be found in pesticides and herbicides. The solution is to eat organic whole foods!
Weight loss quick fixes aren’t sustainable:
“65% of people who successfully complete a fad diet will end up gaining all of their weight back that they lost. The average American adult tries to implement a fad diet 4 times per year. Within two weeks, 25% of Americans will give up on their weight loss goals.” (source)
Simply put, gaining extra weight didn’t happen overnight. Losing the weight won’t happen overnight either. Being healthy and at your optimal weight, is a lifelong journey.
Weight loss in kids:
Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese (source). Obese kids (and adults) are at a higher risk for diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and cancer. They also tend to have poor self-esteem.
Kids watch EVERYTHING adults do. We are their role model. They look up to us and depend on us to make the best decisions for them. If parents aren’t eating vegetables, kids won’t. If parents go from one diet to the next, kids learn to do the same.
Girls as young as 8 years old have been on a diet because they’ve watched a female role model diet or know a friend who has been on a diet. That hurts my heart! Can we show ourselves and our kids that all we need to do is eat right and be active?
Be the healthiest you:
Being truly healthy is a lifestyle…not a number on the scale or a size of clothing. My goal is to be as healthy as I can be, to feel the best I’ve ever felt and to be disease free until the day I die! I want the same for my daughter, and for you and your family.
According to this article, “three-fourths of of the population has an eating pattern that is low in vegetables, fruits, dairy, and oils. Most of the population has an eating pattern that is low in vegetables, fruits, dairy, and oils…Most Americans exceed the recommendations for added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium.”
To make improvements that are sustainable, make 1-2 changes at a time. Once you’re comfortable with those improvements, make 1-2 more and so on. Healthy improvements can include things like increasing your intake of organic vegetables. Learn to read a nutrition label (hint: calories aren’t the most important part). Add healthy fats into your diet. Drink more water and exercise.
How to fit ‘healthy’ into your busy life:
Meal plan and prep!! I use RealPlans to plan my meals. They have over 1500 healthy recipes that you can customize to your family’s likes and needs. It’s super affordable and they have a free app so that you’re able to easily take the recipes and grocery list with you. I demonstrate how easy it is to use RealPlans here.
Make it a family event! I sometimes get the Super Woman complex where I think I can and should do it all. I remind myself that I’m just me and there’s NO WAY I can do it all! Then I ask for help. Have your kids cutting veggies or putting nuts in a small baggie for some quick and easy snacks. Have your significant other do the shopping or cook a meal. You also can’t be healthy by yourself. Sit down with your family and set some goals to be healthy together.
Cook once, eat twice! Cook one time, but double (even triple) the recipe and you’ll be able to heat leftovers for several meals. A great way to do this is cook in your crockpot!
Should you need help on your journey to becoming the healthiest you possible, I would love to help! Check out the different programs I offer here.
Peace and wellness –
Bri is a RN and Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who helps moms have the healthiest family she can have! She supports, encourages and motivates moms while providing evidence based practices that will guide her to her (and her family’s) optimal wellness goals.
She is passionate about reducing the rate of disease for our future generations. That can be accomplished through whole family wellness!
Visit her website to learn more! www.hippiedippiemom.com