Weight-loss Jargon You Should Ignore!

02/20/2013


ThinkstockThis is about the time the New Year’s Resolution crowd disappears from the gym.  It saddens me when I see people who start strong and fall off the wagon so soon.  It’s not too surprising though.  Studies show that many people start their exercise programs by mid-February.  However, what is the real cause behind some folks falling off the wagon?  I’m convinced that the subtle messages that come across our screens, desks, and computer are to blame.  Read them regularly and before you know it you may start believing it. 

Jargon Speak #1: The weight just fell off.  This one gets me.  You can’t watch a weight loss commercial without hearing this testimonial.  The problem though is that as time passes, weight doesn’t just fall off anymore. Some of your past tricks don’t work as well and despite your best efforts, your weight may come to a standstill.  The viscous cycle begins – lose weight, gain it back, lose weight slower, gain it back faster and so on.  By the time you start your next diet, you expect the pounds to fall off and they don’t. 

The other issue with fast weight loss is the impact it has on your body; your hair can fall out or your digestive patterns can change – not pretty.  Instead of looking for the weight to fall off, think consistency.  If you’re consistently losing ¼ to 2 pounds a week you’re on the right track!

Jargon Speak #2: I didn’t have to exercise.  As much as we know about the benefits of exercise I must stress that any diet that doesn’t put exercise at the forefront is – as my kids put it – a fail!  Granted, exercise alone may not take the weight off without the nutrition part but exercise is necessary for long-term health.  Unless you have specific orders from you doctor, don’t skip your workouts.  Even if the pounds aren’t coming off as fast as you’d like, you’re getting all the benefits from exercise like lower stress levels, diabetes prevention, and improved heart health.

Jargon Speak #3: It was easy.  Huh?  I don’t know about you but losing weight after each one of my kids was a challenge.  Losing weight is a compounded animal because you have so many variables at play.  For example, if you have a busy family like me, managing a household, running the kids to all their activities, and exercising can be quite a challenge.  Easy isn’t the word that comes to mind for me.  There are some days that are better than others like when you have healthy snacks handy or you have some extra help with the kids.  However, making weight loss easy shouldn’t be the goal.  Instead, take each day to increase weight loss success.  Schedule fun activities you enjoy, try some different meals, and celebrate small successes. 

 

Weight loss can be challenging and in cases you may need some additional support through your doctor, nutritionist, or trainer.  Wherever you are in your journey, toss the weight loss jargons that sound good but are flawed!  Watch what you read and don’t take claims too seriously especially if there’s a lot of hype around them. Be alert to these and other weight loss jargons and you’ll stay on top of your health for a lifetime!

 

What weight loss jargons bother you and why? 


As a 4-time mom, I understand the many demands and challenges that come with raising a family and trying to get or stay fit. I've developed programs for pre-conception, pregnancy and post-pregnancy as well as preparing for and recovering from challenges like medical procedures.
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