Not surprisingly I follow a lot of fitness, nutrition and overall health experts on social media sites. They inspire me, motivate me and, above all, educate me. I always recommend to people that if you don’t have a lot of support in your life to follow your favourite health experts on Facebook and Twitter because they’re always full of inspiring words to keep you going.
There is a downside to it, though. By following a hundred different experts you also get a hundred different opinions about what to do or not to do to stay healthy, get fit and lose weight. One fitness pro will tell you that planks are the best way to work your core and someone else will say balance work is best. One nutritionist will tell you that to get the weight off you need to cut out the sugar and yet another will tell you that gluten is the worst. thing. EVER!
It’s frustrating, even for me, to weed through all of the research (valid or flawed) and learn what’s effective, what’s speculation and what’s just plain crap. It’s overwhelming to open up Facebook and have a bazillion people telling me what to eat, what not to eat and even how to eat it! Is it more effective to work out in the morning or the afternoon? Why isn’t a calorie just a calorie and if I eat GMO corn will I wake up with a horn growing out of my forehead?
All of this makes it hard for someone who wants to get healthier or lose a few pounds to start. All of this well-meaning information just ends up creating fear that can cause many people in need of help and guidance to just not bother because they don’t know what to do or where to start.
My advice? Just start. Wherever you are, just start, do what makes you feel good and be open to trying new things. Today, just look at your next meal and ask yourself if you really need the cheese on it or maybe put about a quarter of your entree back in the serving dish. Or maybe try a new way of serving yourself and add your veggies on first, make sure half the plate is filled with veggies before adding your higher calorie entree. Don’t even worry about the workout that’ll burn the most calories, just move! You’re more likely to make a workout consistent if you actually like what you’re doing so just find something you love and do it. Often!
Educate yourself as you go along but don’t let the bombardment of what you should and shouldn’t do stop you. Take all of these studies and advice with a grain of salt and find yourself a trusted family doctor, nutritionist, fitness professional and a coach to help you along instead of blindly going from one thing to another. What works for one body may not work for yours but when you get individual support, you will have a team of experts who know you, your body and what it needs for you to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself.
Don’t let the overwhelming amount of information out there stop you from living the healthy lifestyle you deserve to lead. Today just take one step towards your goal and then tomorrow? Take another. I promise that with every day you’ll get closer and closer to where you want to be.