There's only one thing worse than not trying to stay healthy and that's trying to stay healthy, the wrong way. If you exercise or diet the wrong way, you are at best - just wasting your time. You won't see any results, you'll get discouraged and you'll give-up. That's bad enough, but it gets even worse. Exercise or dieting done wrongly can also give you more health problems to deal with, on top of ones you may already have!
To find out if that could be you, answer these few questions:
1. The most accurate measure for long-term health and weight management is your Body Mass Index (BMI) - True or False?
2. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day - True or False?
3. Your body is approximately 55% Protein - True or False?
4. Cutting carbohydrates from your diet is a good way to lose weight - True or False?
5. You can lose weight fast by skipping meals - True or False?
Here Are The Answers:
1. The most accurate measure for long-term health and weight management is your Body Mass Index (BMI) - FALSE
The Body Mass Index is a useful figure, but on its own really means nothing at all.
For example, according to their BMI, many professional athletes would appear to be "overweight." Here, it might be additional muscle that affects the accuracy of the BMI reading. The problem is the BMI is based on averages. But no one is average. Everyone is different and so guideline measurements like the BMI are just that, guidelines.
In Yoga XTC, we do a fitness assessment that takes into account your Body FAT percentage, muscle mass and bone mass. Takes the guessing out of the game and gives you specific realistic goals to achieve. Not just a number on the weighing scale.
2. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day - FALSE
For the same reason above. The average person should drink about 8 glasses of water every day. But again, what does average mean to you? Nothing. A more accurate way to measure whether or not you're drinking enough water is actually to look at your urine. Dark yellow means you are not drinking enough water. Pale yellow on the other hand suggests healthy.
3. Your body is approximately 55% Protein - FALSE
But after water, protein is the next plentiful substance in the body. Most of your body's protein is found in your muscles. That's important whether your health & fitness goal is muscle gain or weight loss. You see you need a plentiful supply of protein in your body to effectively build muscle. AND, muscle generally increases metabolism, causing you to burn more calories even when you're resting.
4. Cutting carbohydrates from your diet is a good way to lose weight - FALSE
This is just another common myth. With a low-carb diet, it’s normal to see big weight loss results within the first week. This can be very misleading. You are not actually losing fat at all, just water. Which isn’t a good thing. Also, any weight loss after the first week is typically due to low-calorie intake, and not because you've cut carbohydrates from your diet. Carbohydrates are also an essential component of healthy nutrition. It's not whether you should or should not eat carbohydrates, it's what kind. You see not all are created equal.
5. You can lose weight fast by skipping meals - FALSE
In fact the opposite might be true...
You see if you cut meals from your diet, when you do eat, your body tries to compensate for what you've missed out on, so you could end up over eating. In any case, it's dangerous to cut meals from your diet and something you should absolutely not do. You should aim for 3 square meals a day plus 2 or 3 healthy snacks in between meals.
NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT at YOGA xtc
We consulted our Nutritionist Bridget Radford and came up with specific meal plans to match your lifestyle complete with shopping list from our friends at The Source Bulk Foods Prahran.
These are the complete meal plans that might suit you:
- I Don't Do Gluten
- I Like To Cook Mine From Scratch
- It's Winter, Boost My Immunity
- I Don't Have Time To Cook
- No Harming of Animals For My Food Please!
The meal plans are given in conjunction with our 21 day program. If you'd like to know more, contact us for more details.
Content by Karmen and Nick