Let’s just imagine, shall we?
You are losing a bit of the weight that’s been pulling you down for a long time. You are getting fit. You are getting strong. You try on some clothes which you haven’t worn in years, and yes, amazingly, they fit. They don’t just fit. You + those clothes = FIT BIRD. You get admiring glances from those who get to feel that new body, and you get admiring comments from the friends and family who know how low you have felt being bigger than you wanted.
And yet, despite the pert buttocks, flatter belly, and hint of delicate muscles which are starting to grace your arms and the flood of sexiness which has turned your slumping gait into a catwalk sashay, you STILL jump on the bloody scales, see that you’ve only lost a pound, and instantly you feel deflated. And I don’t mean in a good way. Just in a crappy, ‘why am I doing this?’ kind of way. Continue reading
I recently read an article which said that the loads of companies were working to cut the calories in loads of foods, in an attempt to cut down on obesity. It’s a very worthy idea, but just misses the whole point. Losing weight isn’t just about calorie reduction. And being obese isn’t just about eating too many of them. Sure, eating loads of food, way in excess of your energy output is never going to be a good idea, but calories aren’t the only factor. And the foods they are talking about aren’t exactly going to suddenly become healthy foods just because they contain less calories.
There is so much more to eating healthy than taking out the calories. If you run, ride, row or race in any way, you need calories, and you need the right ones!
Take fat, for example. The wrong fats won’t do you any good. But good fats. Well, your brain is made out of fat, so without fat, your brain isn’t worth anything. You need fat to make hormones. You need fat to digest your food. You need fat for loads of other processes. If you don’t eat fat, you can’t do any of them properly. Good fats are found in fish, nuts, avocados, coconut and green leafy veg, for example. There are loads of other foods which are high in calories, but are amazingly good for you.
So please don’t judge a food just by its calorie count!
First of all, please don’t get me wrong. I am so not into smelly armpits and the last thing I like is the waft of someone who assumes that a surf in the sea is as cleansing as a shower!
But, If you are riding, or running, or whatever, and your goal is to get fit and lose weight, please don’t go slapping on the anti-perspirant before you head out. Your pits are a great way of getting rid of the waste you produce in your body every day (and when you exercise or exert yourself), and if you clog up your sweat glands with anti-perspirant, then the rubbish has nowhere to go. Which isn’t a great idea anyway, but if you are trying to get fit, and especially if you want to lose weight, you want to get it out, and not sludging around your lovely bod!
I am not saying stink. Be clean in all the normal ways; take a good shower and slap on a dab of your favourite smelly so that you don’t honk like an old skunk. But, when you are out on a run or a ride, there is nothing wrong with sweating like someone who, well, is on a run or a ride.
You are supposed to sweat!