Being True To Myself: Cutting Down on Junk Food
As we all know fast food is the epitome of the destruction of health. That being said no matter how much you work out or how much time you spend in the gym, if you’re eating crappy you’ll look crappy. I learned this the hard way. By eating crap day after day while working out as hard as anyone else at my local gym I hit a weight loss plateau at 140lbs. Because of the fact that I only ate one meal a day and that meal being most likely from a fast food joint, I stayed at 140lbs (give or take about 5lbs) for over 5 months after losing close to 50lbs. I wasn’t toned and I wasn’t really that happy with myself even though I did lose a significant amount of weight. But because of the fact my stomach wasn’t as toned as I wanted it to be I couldn’t help but feel inadequate.
Though it is true you have to, have to, HAVE TO eat healthy to tone down, forcing yourself to eat healthy all the time can set yourself up for failure. That’s where cheat days come in. Now that doesn’t mean going out and binge eating 20 slices of pizza or ordering the entire menu at McDonald’s. You should still count calories on these days but at the same time not worry too much about what your eating and instead eating what you want to in moderation and within your daily calorie limit. Giving yourself a day off once a week (or every other week) can really help you sustain your healthy lifestyle in the long run. And who knows maybe after a few months of 1 cheat day a week you might decide you want to try spreading your cheat days out more to every other week. And maybe even after some more time you’ll want to try out cheat meals instead where you only cheat for 1 meal instead of cheating for an entire day.
But no matter what don’t let anyone discourage you on your weight loss journey or make you feel like you’re weak. It’s better to go at your own pace and make it to the finish line than to go at someone else’s pace and quit to soon. Remember slow and steady wins the race. So don’t worry, you’ll get there! Living healthy is an everyday battle and sometimes you have to remind yourself to just take things one day at a time. And also remember that some weeks are better than others. Things maybe hard right now but if you stick with it, it’ll only get easier.
Since I’ve been cutting down on the junk food (1 cheat day a week, I’m only human) and amping up my HIIT cardio routine I’ve noticed a dramatic change in my torso. I haven’t lost any weight but my tummy has been looking flatter/less bloated and much more toned. I also have been eating a lot more than usual to boost my metabolism.
This just goes to show that even if you exercise 4-5 days a week like I did for the past 5 months you can still hit a plateau if you’re not eating right. Getting healthy is about 80% eating right and 20% exercise. It’s way more important what you’re putting in your body than what you’re doing with your body. So always remember to only put into you what’s good for you. No more toxins, you’re too good for that!