Over half of the public at large makes a New Years Resolutions to lose weight and finally get fit year after year; however, a bulk of those resolutioners eventually fail.
While it's true that weight loss isn't inherently easy, most people make it much harder than it needs to be due to misinformation and a lack of understanding over what healthy living really is. For example, ultimately small daily habits can help reduce heart disease; likewise, many people fail to realize that weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint.
Whether you feel that the deck is stacked against you or that weight loss is simply “too hard,” it's high time that some of the most infamous myths about healthy living were debunked once and for all.
“It's Too Late for Me, Anyway.”
Forming healthy habits can start from the time you're a child up through your twilight years. Despite popular belief, it's never too late to develop habits such quitting cigarettes or starting an exercise routine. In fact, it only takes approximately three weeks to form a habit, not years and years.
“I Don't Have the Genetics to Get Fit.”
While many aspects of your health such as fat distribution are indeed genetic, you can't blame everything on your biological makeup. Yes, it may take more time and effort for someone who hangs onto belly fat to get visible abs; however, it is possible. Likewise, not everyone's metabolism is created equal but that doesn't mean your body ignores the biological rule of “calories in, calories out” to lose weight.
“I Just Don't Have the Time.”
Many people feel that “fitness” equates to endless hours in the gym. Sure, some athletes treat training as a part time job, but something as small as a daily 20-minute jog, simple stroll around the neighborhood or a push-up routine are more than enough to burn calories and improve your physical capacity.
“You Can Outrun a Bad Diet.”
As the old saying goes, “abs are made in the kitchen.”
Most of your weight loss success comes down to diet, not exercise. It's much easier to not eat the extra 300 calories of ice cream per day versus doing a three-mile run, right? There's no harm in treating yourself from time to time, but bear in mind how one desert can ruin an entire workout from a caloric perspective.
“Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day.”
Actually, many experts recommend that you can skip breakfast if you have no problems functioning without eating first thing in the morning. Most traditional breakfast food is likewise calorically dense: you could probably get away with a cup of coffee and a piece of fruit in the morning versus a breakfast biscuit or sugary pastry.
“A Calorie is a Calorie.”
It's true that you can technically lose weight eating McDonald's week after week if you stay in a caloric deficit. That being said, consistently eating junk will eventually take a toll on your mood, heart health and even your skin. Although how many calories you consume ultimately determines the rate of your weight loss, not all foods are created equal when it comes to your long-term health.
To truly embrace a healthy lifestyle, arguably the most important thing you can do is educate yourself. Don't needlessly complicate your health journey: rather than fall prey to myths and misinformation, understand the realistic steps you need to take towards a healthier lifestyle and start there.