“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

 

How much does being thin REALLY matter?

“Do this programme NOW, because if you’re not super lean you’re killing yourself through obesity… !”

Okay, okay, I’ll admit that was more strongly worded than it is in most diet adverts. But that’s the message a lot of the time. The diet sales people are telling you that being anything less than bikini-ready is a sign that you’re unhealthy, and on your way to an early grave. They cite information from all sorts of studies that show that people who are overweight are more likely to die from all sorts of diseases.

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But is that true? And what does ‘overweight’ mean?

Well, those are important (and interesting) questions. You see, in most of the studies cited, the research is conducted on people who are very much on the ‘obese’ side of the weight spectrum.

So we’re not talking about people with a bit of extra flab in their midriff, we’re talking about people who can barely stand up once they’re sitting down. And these people are scientifically proven to be putting their lives at risk. BUT, the diet industry uses this information and uses it to generalise so that they can sell their scare tactics to people who are only slightly overweight.

So what if you’re a little overweight?

Firstly, stop stressing about obesity. You’re probably quite far away from heart-attack territory. What you DO need to take a look at is the quality of food you’re eating, and how high your current stress levels are. These two things can influence your weight dramatically. If you eat smaller portions of healthy food, and find a healthy way to reduce your stress levels, you will see those little muffin tops disappear in no time.

Don’t allow scare tactics to force you into an unhealthy crash diet to get rid of excess fat. Fat is fought through hard work and a healthy long-term, sustainable diet and lifestyle plan. Assess your situation accurately so you can tackle it effectively.

 

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