3 Common Weight Loss Myths

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

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In honor of September being National Healthy Aging Month, we at Jayhawk Pharmacy are dedicating our blog to a four-part series on healthy aging. There’s a quote out there that says, “You do not have to wait until the pain of change is less than the pain of staying the same.” The first part in our four-part series on healthy aging is focusing on three of the most common mistakes people make on the journey to becoming healthier.

1. Weight Loss Myth #1: You Don’t Need to Exercise

Starting at a young age, people are told that the “gold standard” of exercise is 30 minutes per day. There are a lot of benefits to getting regular exercise that exceed just how one looks. Exercise helps improve energy levels and even helps improve people’s mood because of various brain chemicals released that help people relax. If a person is just starting out, they can simply walk30 minutes per day. Then as they adjust to the new regimen, they can scale it accordingly.

2. Weight Loss Myth #2: You Don’t Need Proper Diet

They say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. While this is a bit cliché and overused when discussing the subject, it leads into the importance of a good diet. All of the exercise in the world isn’t going to get someone healthy if their diet consists of pop, fried foods, and sweets. Sometimes how much one eats is equally as important, if not more, than what people eat. The body digests and burns calories based on activity level, but if one has more intake than they can burn, they will not be as effective in attaining their goal of becoming healthier. The “ideal diet” consists of not only proper components, but also proper proportions as well. If a person is just starting out, try to start by adding small servings of vegetables to every meal. As this becomes more of a habit, try adding more fruits to snacks and meals. As you slowly integrate these things, it becomes healthier and, more importantly, sustainable.

3. Weight Loss Myth #3: Go Hard or Go Home

A lot of people begin the process of getting healthy with a lot of ambition and zeal, which is a good thing. However, where they end up going wrong is that they go too extreme in their diet, exercise, or both right out of the gate. For someone that is not used to healthy eating, going on a strict diet of nothing but vegetables and white meat can be extremely difficult to maintain long-term. There is only so much broccoli a person, who is not used to eating a ton of vegetables, can eat in a day. For people starting out, it is not sustainable to completely, cold-turkey, cut out pop if they are used to drinking the equivalent of a two-liter per day. On the flip side, it is not sustainable to go from no exercise at all, to five hours per day in the gym. This can easily lead to injury and other serious problems. Moderation is crucial to becoming healthy and making long-term lifestyle changes versus temporary ones.

How can Jayhawk Pharmacy help with your journey towards becoming healthier?

Jayhawk Pharmacy has a line of exercise/rehab products to help get you started. These products include exercise balls, exercise bands, and a few other items to help you get started. Most of the products featured are portable and can be used in the comfort of your home, on the road, or even in your office, which allows you to exercise at your own convenience.

For these and other products for healthy aging, visit our product catalog for more information, and stay tuned for other healthy aging posts this month.


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