You hear this line thrown out everywhere – “Just eat less and exercise more” – as the magical answer to everyone’s weight issues. The problem is it doesn’t actually work if you do it incorrectly (which most people do) and makes the issues worse, as you will see in this story…
So interestingly, after my last blog post – Does low carb dieting making your hair fall out? – all over the news in the same week, there was this confession from workout queen Kayla Itsines:-
“My natural hair is actually super short. I have genetically really thin hair,” she wrote, adding that her grandmother and her mom have thin hair as well, and that there is a family history of female pattern baldness. “I can see my hair getting thinner and thinner the older I get.” See articles below.
And in most of these similar stories, the reason given for it is Female Pattern Baldness that runs in her family. The message of being happy and proud no matter what your issue is commendable. (I learned long ago that worrying what other people think is a waste of a happy life.)
So far so good.
However then in another two articles, there is a mention of hypothyroidism….
So I was chatting to a social media follower, let’s call her Betty and we got to talking after she commented on one of my posts where the theme was ‘I walk because I hate running.’
I have been reading a few books lately mostly specifically about sugar, grains and weight loss and the interesting thing is that they exactly mirror my beliefs on this subject. My beliefs of course stem from my own experience but also of witnessing the plight of others who keep trying to do the ‘diet and exercise’ advice and fail spectacularly for years, some never succeeding and spending most of their lives miserable. (After dishing out hundreds of dollars on programs that can never work.)
So let’s take a look at what is wrong here…
When researching the post on exercise for weight loss, I came across this piece which showed why the hour a day or 3 times a week exercise regime that most of us are doing, isn’t doing much for our weight loss goals.
It’s partly to do with what happens for the rest of our 23 hours per day and also the fact that poor eating choices do far more damage than can be rectified by moderate exercise.
It has to be something like 90 mins of intense exercise daily to have any effect on your weight and many of us can’t keep that up – or like me, I don’t want to, it’s just not the life I want to lead.
So let’s check out this daily calorie usage just by living thing…
The articles published recently about the questionable effective relationship between exercise and weight loss mirror my experiences.
It’s funny because I have worked things out for myself for a long time now regarding weight loss based on how it feels for my body, and it has led me to the place I am now – happy, healthy the weight I want to be without much effort at all.
It helped me wade through the information overwhelm which is mostly conflicting and arrive at my truth. First it was about sugar which is now mainstream, then it was grains thanks to the Paleo crew who made that more well known and here is just another thing that my body taught me first.
The new paradigm is…
If I received a dollar for every instagram post with this supposed motivation quote on it, I would be a rich girly. Every time I see it though, I get a little irritated like being poked in the ribs.
My question is… why? Why does it need to be hard?
Are we talking about the same thing? I’m talking weight loss, what are you talking about?
Muscles help burn calories faster so therefore you should get muscles first to lose weight – apparently…
Ok so it’s no secret that I don’t like going to the gym; just doesn’t do it for me from a number of angles and now despite the fact that the fitness crew out there still blast away that it’s the best thing ever and many, many weight loss programs insist that you must go to the gym to lose weight, I am finally at peace with the facts that:-
a) I don’t need to go any where near a gym to lose weight
b) I don’t need to feel bad, less than or hopeless because I don’t go
c) it’s perfectly fine to know what you don’t like and it doesn’t mean you are lazy
d) some people love it – so go for your life! Just leave the rest of us alone.
(In fact truth be told, apparently the stats are that only about 10% of the population go to the gym, so there is way more of us who don’t – interesting!)
So I was just checking out some other weight loss blogs and some on social media and about half of them said something about finding a new love of running.
Sorry but I hate running. Jogging even.
It all hurts too much from my boobs bouncing and hurting (even with a super dooper hold ‘em up, squish ‘em in sports bra. Two sometimes.)
Then my lower back starts to ache (have been under chiropractic care for my back for some years now. All pain free now but why choose to do something that aggravates it?)
Knees and other joints hurt, I have heard of friends who get shin splints and have to stop; foot injuries, ankles. What about the stress and strain on your whole body thumping the ground and jarring every organ with every step? Not to mention the wheezing, gasping for breath, pain in your lungs, bright red face, sweating, legs feel like jelly and nearly collapsing in a heap. To me it feels like total crap. Are we having fun yet?