The effort to get fit can vary from person to person.
For some, it could be quite effortless, since they already have a predisposition to being active, staying healthy, eating right, and getting into exercise often. These people may have even come up with their own version of the practices of Quantified Self even before the phenomena became popular with people, since healthy people do like to keep track of their success.
For others, however, it is not always this easy. Some have resorted to some “short cuts” which are decidedly not healthy or correct, justifying the action as being fast and really “effective”. The problem here is that these misconceptions, empowered by the inability of people to understand how wrong they are, coupled with stubbornness and arrogance, are really dangerous lies that people keep on repeating and doing. Here are a few of these lies about fitness.
“I’ll make up for the exercise I didn’t do today some other day”
People have a rather silly way of dealing with instances where they are unable to follow through on a routine. The immediate response, and justification, is that they would just simply make up for it some other time. The problem with this is that whatever they do, they really won’t be able to make up for the lost session by exerting themselves twice over in just one other session. They will just make themselves extra tired for that day.
Even worse is the fact that because they continue to believe in this lie, they tend to do it often, completely ruining their fitness efforts. What they should have done is simply continue with what their usual routine, even if they do miss out on a few sessions. What is important is that they stick to the intensity and frequency that they maintain as they monitor their progress. People should remember that missing out on a few sessions could lead to a gradual decrease in interest and desire to continue.
“I can eat anything I want today regardless of my diet because it’s my cheat day”
Everyone who has ever tried any sort of diet would know the importance of having a “cheat day”. The sole purpose of having a “cheat day” is so that a person on a diet gets a much needed break from the diet that they are doing. This usually means being able to eat food that someone on a diet would not normally have on a regular day.
The problem with this is that just like with every other indulgence, there is always a great tendency to overdo it, and this is never a good thing. Because the body had been deprived or been given very little of certain foods people stay away from during a diet, the body may not be able to handle a sudden and large dose of it during the “cheat day”. One example is sugar. People stay away from sweets during the regular day, and then binge on it during the designated “cheat day”. What they don’t realize is that their blood sugar levels have dropped to normal or even slightly below normal levels because of their diet, and the body may not be able to handle the shock of a sudden influx of large amounts of sugar. While it is called “cheat day”, moderation is still key in this instance.
“I can lose weight any time I want to, I’ve done it before, I can do it again”
Some people have had remarkable success in being able to achieve their ideal weight when they want to. These people usually flaunt this fact by letting themselves gain weight, and then suddenly lose that weight in a less time than expected. This is actually not something to be proud of. The human body was not built to handle such drastic weight changes over a short period of time, and this is self-tracking goes hand-in-hand with proper weight control.
Drastic and excessive weight changes over a short period of time can cause significant shock to the body, altering some bodily processes and harming major organs as well. Any significant change to the body should come with an acclimation period, allowing the body to adjust to the changes, or risk either injury or serious complications.
“I’ll sleep away my hunger (and wake up starving and eat twice as much as I should)”
As uncomfortable as it may sound, there are those who think that a person can actually sleep away hunger as a form of a diet. These people believe that by not eating anything at night, they actually stand to lose weight because they argue that the body does not work while sleeping, and therefore, does not need food.
The only problem with this is that upon waking up in the morning, one of the most immediate sensations to hit a person who did not eat anything the night before is a great hunger. Unless this person has phenomenal willpower that allows them to eat a normal serving of breakfast, there is a good chance that they will more than what they usually do at breakfast, because of the intense hunger. What makes this worse is that eating a massive amount of food can disrupt the normal eating habits of a person, causing them to crave food much later than they should, and when the schedule does not allow them to eat when the hunger strikes, they again overindulge when they finally have the time to eat.
At the very least, a person should have a small amount of food to stave off this kind of “revenge hunger” the following morning, which causes them to overindulge in food.