The mythology of weight loss is really no different. We tend to tell ourselves stories to help explain, what we feel, is the unexplainable. I hear these stories, in their full glory, when I facilitate a weight loss / exercise course and try my very best to explain the truth based upon the current science and psychology. It has also been my experience that a belief is stronger than concrete and many times you can't break them no matter how reasonable and sound the truth is.
This was no more evident than in a conversation I had recently with a few friends. We were chatting about health in general and the subject turned towards fitness, weight loss, and aging. Beliefs about weight loss and gain came at me like paint gun pellets....I tried to deflect each one with the facts but felt it was bouncing off their invisible protective shield (and there's nothing wrong with that). Beliefs are like a shield of self-protection from damage to our esteem, confidence, sense of self, and how we are in the world. No one wants to hear something that goes against their beliefs. No one wants to be told that it is because of their actions that they are in their situation (some already understand this...this is important to health but we all have our blind spots).
|I hope the old belief that muscle can|
turn into fat has been dispelled. For
years, people believed this. As you
can see from the pic above, it is
physiologically impossible as they
are two different tissues.
If you are wanting to lose weight (and maybe are going through the process right now) I have a suggestion for you. Grab a pen and some paper and list the beliefs you have about fat and weight loss. Don't analyse or judge them...just write them down. Take your time, relax, and start writing. For example, some of my beliefs about weight loss (in the old days...although I have to admit, I still struggle with a few today) included; believing I am not attractive unless I weigh a certain number, believing certain exercises will lead to more success, believing everyone else can do it and I can't, believing I will have to give up all my fun foods to be successful. These were a few of my beliefs but certainly not based on fact.
|Alive and well is the belief that it is an inevitability that we gain |
weight as we age. Although for many this is true...it doesn't
have to be the case. You can make a difference by eating
and training well.
Have a great Friday.