5 Lies You’re Telling Yourself That Are Halting Your Progress
- “I eat a pretty healthy diet.”
Most people pursuing better health and fitness can always recall the number of times they ate a “salad” for lunch or “oatmeal” for breakfast. We often seem to forget to account for all the beers or glasses of wine we had at that party we went to! Even those late night Doritos binges while watching The Office on Netflix for the 50th time…those count! . Most have no idea how many calories they’re consuming per day, or what their macronutrient needs compared to intake are. And just because you had a “salad” for lunch 4 days this week, does NOT mean that you are truly eating “healthy”.
What can you do about it? Be accountable! Track and log your nutrition. There are numerous apps available in the App Store and Google Play store that make it easy. Use them to get a sense of what your usual food intake is like and start to learn where you can make adjustments from there.
- “I don’t have any time to get to the gym.”
We hear this one a lot! Everyone is way too busy to get to the gym… yet everyone can talk to you about the Finale to Game Of Thrones or the latest season of Stranger Things or how their favorite sports team played last night. In today’s day in age, people have all kinds of time when it comes to wasting time. That wasted time is valuable time you could be using to improve your health.
Identify your time wasting habits. Everyone is tired after work and likes to decompress, but try recording your favorite shows or sporting events. Set your alarm a little earlier in the morning. Go to sleep a little later. Find convenient exercise to do near or at home. There is always enough time to exercise at least a few days per week when you make it a priority!
- “I have a slow metabolism.”
A 6’0” 45 year old male who weighs 250lbs has a basal metabolic rate of 2082 calories per day. A 6’0” 18 year old male who weighs 170 lbs has a basal metabolic rate of 1831 calories per day… in other words, the older, heavier guy has a “faster” metabolism than the tall, lean teenager! The same 18 year old’s basal metabolic rate will only drop to 1571 by the time he is 70 years old. That’s only 260 calories… less than one large coffee from Dunks per day. The trend holds up across genders and age groups. Your metabolism isn’t your problem. You are eating too much and moving too little. That is why you are not seeing progress.
- “I have bad genetics.”
People always point to their overweight mother/father or grandmother/grandfather or siblings as evidence that they are cursed by their genetics and family history. Well, trace your family tree back to your great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather…. The guy who didn’t have today’s modern technology or conveniences allowing him to sit on his butt, nor Super Sized Fries and McWhoppers on Door Dash… The guy who worked with his hands every day and ate whatever was locally grown/or hunted. Same genetics… far different result.
- “I have too much pain.”
Yes, pain is real. Injuries are real. And they are no fun. BUT… are you going to allow your pain to control your life? Are you going to resign yourself to a life of eating yourself to a slow death while watching TV on your couch? Yes, your pain/injury will make it difficult to do the things you did when you were 18, but there is always something you CAN do. Eat less. Get in the pool. March while sitting on the couch during commercial breaks. Find a low impact cardio machine like a NuStep or Arm Bike. Even though you might NOT be able to do everything you once did, there is always something you CAN do… so try to focus on the positives and get after it. You will definitely feel better in the long run!