There is a lot of misinformation out there.
“Hey, watch this 5-minute video to find out how to lose 50 pounds in one week…”
“Did you know you’re likely carrying around 20 pounds of poop? Buy this product to get it out overnight…”
“Cardio makes you fat…watch this video to find out how…”
At the end of which they try to sell some miracle pill that will help you lose weight overnight.
Newsflash! There is no magic pill!
I always tell my clients that what works for one person, will not necessarily work for someone else because we are all different. But there are some tried and true ways that most people can be healthier and they don’t involve buying anything.
1. Stop drinking soda
This is a no-brainer. Soda is linked to obesity, poor dental health, and many chronic diseases. If it can clean an engine or if it explodes on contact with a Mento, don’t put it in your body.
2. Sleep more
The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night. You may be able to function for a time on less, but not optimally. Sleeping more reduces stress and cortisol levels. Reducing cortisol levels makes it possible for the body to shed some extra pounds.
3. Add more fruits and vegetables to your plate
Half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables. Vegetables should be the star of the show. Hit up Pinterest to find new and interesting ways to prepare your veggies.
4. No desserts on school nights
Ok, so I stole this rule from Michelle Obama, but I think it’s a good way to implement the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time we make healthy choices, and 20% of the time we can have some indulgences. So desserts only on Fridays and Saturdays.
5. Cut back on alcohol
When you drink alcohol with your meal, the alcohol slows down the enzymes released by the pancreas for digestion. Instead, the enzymes that are produced are used to oxidize the alcohol. In other words, until the alcohol hits the liver and gets filtered out of the blood, which could take an hour or more depending on the person and how much they’re drinking, meals just sit there in the stomach, not being digested.
Beware of hucksters. Anyone who tells you they have a miracle pill is a liar. But there are some simple things that you can do to become a healthier version of yourself, and you can start today!