Low carb, Low Fat, Low Calorie, 5:2, 80-10-10, 3 day diet, atkins. There are literally millions of diets to choose from and i'm willing to say none of them will work for you. From fasting to carb loading there are so many theories on what we need to do in order to lose weight and shape up. It's a money pit. Americans spend over 60 BILLION dollars a year in the weight loss industry and we still have more than 78 million adults (not including children) with obesity issues.
What is the issue?
We are misinformed. We think it should be as easy and calories in, calories out. Nobody teaches us about stress, internal well being or nourishment when we want to lose weight. Instead we learn to choose something that is low in calories and full of chemicals than something that is higher in calories and full of nutrients.
If I had one secret to success it would be the word internal. If there was one thing I could tell you to focus on that would make your lifestyle change happen, last and be successful for the long haul, internal would be the word of choice.
What the heck am I talking about? Well, for years I had my own lifestyle struggle. I was 40 pounds heavier than I am now, trying every diet that I could think of and struggling with a major eating disorder and body image issues. All I wanted to do was lose weight and I thought I was a failure because I couldn’t do it (and keep it off). I would make myself a list of what I was going to focus on for the next month. Gym 6 days a week and a strict meal plan. If I burned x amount of calories at the gym I could lose x amount of weight in a month. I would be at the gym 3x a day in some cases, wearing my heart rate monitor, making sure I’m burning enough calories. The plan made perfect sense, but I failed every time. Sometimes it took me a week, sometimes a day, sometimes within a few hours. It was a constant battle I was in for years.
I made these muffins so my husband and I had the perfect grab and go snack during our busy week. They're easy, delicious and healthy. Let me know what you think.
I have been in the business of health and fitness for almost 8 years. In the beginning it was because I wanted to look a certain way. Now, its because I want to teach women they don’t have to look a certain way. Recovering from my eating disorder, I came to a point where I was sitting in my therapist’s office saying, "I’m not going to be a part of fitness anymore. I’m not going to train people, I’m not going to work in a gym, I’m not going to teach classes, I’m just not going to". When she asked why my response was, "well, if I’m a trainer I should be lean. I should have flat abs, I should have defined muscles, I should eat healthy all of the time, I should always want to work out. And the truth is, I don’t have a 6 pack like most trainers I see, I don’t drink green smoothies every day and eat salads for lunch. I don’t always feel like being in a gym. I’m not a normal ‘fitness junkie’ therefore I’m not good enough".
Luckily enough she worked her magical powers and got me over my pity party and helped me see a bigger picture. She helped me see why this industry I was in didn’t have to be about weight loss, working out until you die and all the negative notions I labeled it with. She gave me some important things to think about and shortly after I launched the beginning of iamwell. If I had believed all those "shoulds" I had in my head, the studio wouldn’t be here, I would not be at the place I am now, and I would most likely be working some 9-5 job I hated.
What. A. Load. Of. Crap
These are lies that I constantly told myself growing up. These are real honest to goodness things that went through my head.
Scrolling through social media and I have seen hundreds of posts about clean eating, dropping pounds fast, starting new workout routines, being perfect for 21 days to create a habit and so much more hoopla I can't even take it. Every single one of you deserve to feel your best. You deserve to feel energized when you get out of bed. You deserve to slip your jeans on and feel comfortable. You deserve to feel nourished. Most importantly you deserve to love yourself.
The cycle continues every year; new diets, new workout plans, new rules and restrictions. These things ultimately will not lead you to feeling your best. Sure, you might lose a couple pounds in the first two weeks, but in the long run, you feel forced to workout, forced to give up the foods you enjoy and forced to follow this cruddy plan.
My name is Hanna Kuyper and my mission for iamwell comes directly from my past experiences. Read more