Updated: Nov 3, 2020
Every time I see a post referring to how one particular thing can help one lose weight, I shudder. Things simply just don’t work like that. Anything promising you the remedy to all of your health, weight, or acne problems is just a lie; a marketing tool.
I promised myself that I would not be that person—
I was going to be authentic, regardless of what money could be made from embellishing. The key words are enticing though, aren’t they? “Cleanse,” “Alkaline diet,” “Sea Moss,” “Natural,” all sound like things we need to aspire to start implementing in our everyday lives, no?
Let me be the first to tell you how agonizing over what you feel like you need to be doing, or what you feel is the reason for your stubborn belly fat, gives you absolutely nothing but self-inflicted STRESS. I can’t even count on my hands the amount of times I had convinced myself that I had SIBO! And do you want to know why I thought I had SIBO? Because even on the days when I was barely eating anything, my belly was still nice and plump. So, I said to myself, “Hey! This belly cannot be due to food, I must have some sort of gut issue.”
Mind you, I definitely did have gut issues, but it was not due to SIBO. That’s a whole other blog.
After going to see a GI doctor and having him tell me that he did not think that I had SIBO, but would prescribe me the two week antibiotic for it anyway, I gave up the mild obsession I had with thinking I had SIBO and just settled on a thought here and there (every hour, lol!) Then, I said, “Man, even though I don’t particularly believe in what's out there on the market listed as 'the remedy,' I have to look into something to tame this belly.”
Long story short, after all of the quick fixes, self-diagnosis’, and fads I tried, I finally just stopped stressing myself about my belly and stopped giving AF. When you quiet your mind, you finally begin to hear your high vibrational voice; the intelligent and intellectual part of you that knows exactly what your mind, body and soul needs.
I stopped overeating.
Isn’t it wild how simple that is? I know, I know; but we’re hungry! Right? Wrong. First of all, we barely even chew our food before we start to swallow it. The first stage of digestion begins in our mouths. Chew your foods thoroughly so that digestion can become a smoother process. Now, if I’m being completely honest, this was hard AF for me. I’m a scarf your food down kind of person. But, if you actually take the time to slow down and thoroughly chew your food, you may notice that you won’t necessarily need to consume as much food as you normally would to feel full.
Now, this isn’t about necessarily eating less, but as I’ve said, digestion matters. I’ve learned, personally, that weight loss, body fat, or whatever you’d like to call it diminishes over time if you watch your calories. Boy, I thought that was a joke at first! But, honestly, what we choose to eat matters, as well as how much of it. I used to eat bowl after bowl of vegan chickpea mac and cheese and kept telling myself, “Hey! This is vegan food! Chickpeas have tons of protein in them. I made this cheese with cashews! I’m healthy!” so why TF does my belly look like this?
I really hope you’re catching my drift because I don’t want to get too technical here. I’m no nutritionist; just a woman with experiences who wants to share them with you all. So here’s some truth for you:
Cardio is not going to give you the body you want. Cardio is cool, yes, but daily runs on the treadmill aren’t going to cut it. Now, if we are talking HIIT exercises, then I’d say you’re on the right track. HIIT and weight training aids in weight loss and getting closer to the goal/body you want.
The gym isn’t going to matter atall if you aren’t eating right. In my opinion, its 80% food lifestyle (didn’t want to say diet because F diets) and 20% gym.
Everyone is different, but I don’t spend more than 45 minutes exercising. All of that cardio (elipticals, treadmills, seated bikes) for hours on end doesn’t do much for overall goals like I’ve said. I stretch, warm up, do whatever workout of the day (lower body, upper, abs; HIIT, weights, pilates) for 30-40 minutes, cool down, stretch, meditate and I’m gone.
I’ve learned that everyone is different. What may work for you may not work for me, and what may work for me may not work for you. It’s all about caring enough to figure out what works for you with trial and error.
Lastly, the key isn’t to deprive yourself of things you enjoy. I’m a big believer in doing whatever you want at all times. I haven’t given up foods I enjoy, I just don’t consume them in excess. Also, to be honest, once you start eating differently, you’ll see that your body doesn’t even crave the things it once did. You may also even see that when you go to try and eat certain things again, you may no longer even like them. I like to call that ‘good rejection.’
If you’ve read this far into the blog, I dig you. I’m a reader (and clearly a writer) so I get goosebumps every time I’m faced with other readers. I appreciate you. For even coming to this website in the first place. Let’s hope I’ve charmed you enough to come back.