• Sarah Greene

5 Common Misconceptions with Dieting

Dieting can be a nightmare for some people and a breeze for others. Have you ever thought the same thing? In my experience: issues with motivation, fluctuations in weight over the years, finding time for exercise and, the big whammy: SELF DOUBT.

I think there are 5 Common Misconceptions with Dieting that I have personally dealt with:

1. Get skinny quick diet schemes are HARDER than you think.

For someone like me, who has dealt with serious weight fluctuations since I was a teen, I have signed up for my fair share (I can't give a number to you as I am already embarrassed!) of free and paid diet services. "Lose 30 pounds in 1 week and feel better about yourself," "Choose this 30-day diet plan, lose 50+ pounds and read the reviews by other consumers," and the list goes on and on.

What they don't tell you is when you stop eating everything you're eating now and immediately start eating the very clean, very expensive foods you've purchased on top of, what I'm sure, was a hefty "membership" fee, is that your body goes through certain withdrawals. Whether it be your 2 cups of coffee in the morning or the oodles of sugar that you've grown accustomed to eating; your body starts to react.

These diet plans generally have excellent support groups online: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. BUT, at the end of the day, it's YOUR actions that get you through the cravings, the withdrawals and the mental self-doubt.

2. I ate a salad every day for lunch- why I haven't I lost weight?

Oh my goodness.... this question kills me just writing about it. I actually went through a surprising bit of information a couple of months ago- I had lost 40 pounds and wasn't REALLY trying. My exercise was few and far between, I was eating more greens but not ALL the time and I was just as stressed out as I was before (meaning I wasn't eating appropriately or sleeping well/on a schedule). So, how in the world did I lose 40 pounds in 6 months without knowing it? I still don't know the answer for you. All I can get you is that I was eating better. That was the only thing I could give credit to.

Don't get me wrong - I've been in that thought process before where I had eaten a salad every day for one to two to three weeks just to challenge myself and didn't see results that I wanted. So what's the difference? For me, it's mentality. It's knowing that the more salads I eat, the more I can spice them up (like the above salad!). Add some feta, add some sliced carrots, add some raspberries to the outer of the plate to make it both look and taste awesome.

I can tell you that what I've learned is that going crazy with food intake: McDonald's for lunch, the neighborhood place** for lunch and Outback Steakhouse for lunch - you're caloric intake is probably very high. What do you do for your body to work off some of those calories? Do you sit at home and watch tv the rest of the night or could you possibly eat lunch at the neighborhood spot for 30 minutes and then go on a 20 minute walk before you head back to the office? The choice has to be made by you.

**If you're ever in the Waynesville, Missouri area on a Wednesday (or any other day, really!) go to Nona's in the downtown square for their smoked wings! They'll change your life!

3. Drink a gallon of water a day! (and then go to the bathroom 20 times a day and almost pee yourself getting there)

glowing; yoOh man.. I've done the gallon of water a day with the gallon of water drawn on with hourly motivational quotes: "You can do this!" "Only half a gallon left!" "Take a swig before you run to the bathroom!" It's actually pretty fun to see the differences in your body. You may notice your skin feels better, almost glowing; maybe less breakouts, maybe less bloated. I think each person's body responds differently to this amount of water intake. I will say, I felt better, seemed to sleep a little better and noticed less breakouts. On the flip side: You will pee. Sooooooo much pee. Be prepared to buy a little more toilet paper. And, if you want to do a 30-day challenge with me, shoot me an email! I'm starting the next one on the 1st of March and will be documenting the changes I feel.

4. Try to have fun in this weight loss adventure!

I'm sure you've heard this a million times. For me, running on a treadmill everyday or an elliptical or going to a gym everyday to feel bad about myself, is only going to make me quit my goals sooner because I don't see results. It's the truth, people. I'm not trying to get down on myself, I'm trying to be HONEST with YOU.

When I say, "try to have fun" I don't mean you have to go out and make yourself uncomfortable by finding something NEW. I can say that Zumba fitness, even though I'm an awful dancer, is a lot of fun and burns a ton of calories. Even if you're constantly getting the steps wrong and that really in-shape lady in the front row dances Zumba like she's getting paid, it's fun. Try to connect with the music a little more and let yourself get lost in the fun rather than trying to perfect the steps.

Another way I've found that really rocks my workout world is: Roller Derby. Oh, I said it, roller derby. If you would have told me 5 years ago that I would be pushing my bodily limits to be on a competitive sports league, I'd have laughed so hard in your face! Me? Competitive sports? On roller skates??

I would have laughed in your face until I snorted; maybe even peed a little. However, a couple of years ago, I had an awful day at work and thought to myself, "What can I do besides going to the gym that would stop me from punching someone in the face in the next 24 hours?"

5. Losing weight doesn't mean you're going to get booked on Vogue.

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