Announce to a few people of your desire to lose weight, and you will find yourself bombarded with a myriad of tips and diets people swear by. I have found myself and others following these recommended diets without consulting with their trusted physician first. Here is why we need to stop accepting weight loss advice from people online and what to do instead.
Trusting the Internet Most
It’s understandable to trust the testimony from a person who has tried and succeeded at a particular weight loss regimen, but don’t forget the person might not account for other factors attributing to their weight loss. They probably also have different dietary necessities than yours.
A recent trend is women attributing their weight loss wholly on drinking apple cider vinegar. Actually, Apple cider vinegar is mostly beneficial only for diabetics. It’s almost as though the ones who consumed APV during their journey believe their healthy diets and exercises didn’t attribute to the majority of their fat/weight loss. Somehow, Apple cider vinegar has received all the hype and credit.
You Think Gluten-Free and Organic Are Best
I do not understand how the gluten-free food fad came to be, but you don’t need to eat gluten-free food! Visit a clinic to determine if you should avoid gluten, otherwise, you can save time not having to search for GF labels at the grocery store.
The organic food fad has been around for quite some time. Even I get sucked into it every now and again when I’m grocery shopping. Fruit and vegetables are super healthy, regardless of whether it has the white and green label stuck onto it. Go ahead and prefer your food to be free of pesticides and GMOs, but don’t be fooled into thinking organic foods will aid in your weight or fat loss while the nonorganic ones will not.
Trust only reputable sites such as medical associations and peer-reviewed journals, as well as the opinion of your doctor.
Share Your Journey With Your Doc
Before you begin any diet, your doctor should be the second person, after you, to be aware of your intentions. Have bloodwork and a physical performed.
I understand doctors can be rude or humiliate us because of our size. Trust me, I’ve had more than one doctor look at my body with disgust. Select a GP or specialist. Speak to any doctor or medical professional about your intent to lose weight, and express the anxiety of being judged by them. A great doctor will appreciate the initiative you are taking and will want to be by your side during this testing time.
For anyone seeking a support group for weight loss, I encourage you to join the Weight Loss Motivation and Support Group on Facebook.
Kimberly Price is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she studied communication, public relations, and business administration. Her specialties are campaigns and strategic communication. She enjoys discussing with others topics in career and current events, beauty, plus-size fashion, and lifestyle.
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