New research shows that fat but fit is a myth.
I’m starting to notice a shift in fitness accounts on Instagram…Images of six packs and perfect feminine or masculine physiques are no longer completely dominating my timeline or explore feed on Instagram.
Images of six packs and perfect feminine or masculine physiques are no longer completely dominate my timeline or explore feed on Instagram.
Can I get an ‘Amen’ please?
Instead, I’m beginning to see lots of women embracing fuller figures and spreading the message of body positivity. Great stuff, right?
I think it is awesome because we all shouldn’t strive for stick thin frames or perfectly chiseled bodies. If you’re not a professional bodybuilder or athlete, I don’t think it is necessary. While we should all aim to have healthy body fat percentages, there is really no need for us women to have a body fat percentage under 17%.
We should all aim to have healthy body fat percentages, there is absolutely no need for us women to have extremely low (<17%) body fat percentages. Why? Hormonal imbalances and infertility are the first issues that come to mind, but there can be a load of other problems for us.
A body fat percentage of 20-25% is ideal for the average woman, but anything up to 30% is considered healthy.
I cannot accurately estimate a woman’s body percentage just by looking at her because we all carry fat differently. However, I see clearly overweight women daily on Instagram promoting body acceptance. And I don’t mean body acceptance where the person is working towards the goal of getting healthier. I mean where they promote overweight as being OK.
That is not right.
I’m not saying that they shouldn’t live their lives the way they choose to, but I don’t completely agree with portraying being overweight as body positivity. It’s a whole load of BS as far I’m concerned. But, that is my opinion. You may see it completely different.
But, that is my opinion. You may see it completely different.
My own opinion stems purely from health reasons. There are lots of studies, which show that being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing serious health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. I have always believed that it mainly applied to people who already had a risk factor for these diseases, but a new study is suggesting otherwise.
Even if your vital stats such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels are normal, you could still be at risk of developing serious health conditions if you’re overweight or obese. That’s because even though those stats are fine right now, they may progressively get worse over time without you realising.
Or worse yet, something horrible may be brewing and you won’t find out until it is too late…Food for thought, right?
We don’t all have the same genetics. So even though someone else may seem pretty okay being overweight, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be fine too. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are ok either!
Please don’t judge yourself (and your health) using another person’s standard.
If you know deep down that you’re overweight and would like to lose some fat, go ahead and do it. I’m all for body acceptance, but only body acceptance where common sense is factored in.
There’s no need to put yourself on a fad diet that will only lead to yo-yoing and unnecessary heartache. Take the sensible route by eating whole, unprocessed foods in the right proportions and your weight will gradually decrease over time.
How to lose weight while eating a vegan diet
A lot of people have the misconception that once you start eating a vegan diet weight falls off you easily. It happens for some, but not for all.
A number of factors could be hindering your weight loss if you’ve been unsuccessfully trying for a period of time. It could be that your portion sizes are far too large, or that you’re eating too many refined/processed foods or that you’re eating too many fatty foods.
Here are six tips that could help you with your weight loss efforts.
- Eat whole foods predominantly, and cut down on or completely eliminate processed/refined foods.
- Eliminate refined oils, and get your fats in their whole form from nuts, avocados, and seeds. If you still struggle with weight loss while eating them, cut them out temporarily then reintroduce them in small quantities once you’ve reached your ideal weight.
- Fill up on vegetables, particularly green leafy vegetables and salads. Try to eat them first before eating your starches.
- Base your diet around starches like whole grains, steel cut or rolled oats, and legumes because they provided you with lots of energy and keep you satisfied. They will not cause spikes in your blood sugar levels so you’ll stay full for longer.
- Eat until you’re completely satisfied, not stuffed. But, if you enjoy the stuffed feeling, stuff yourself with vegetables and not starches.
- Finally and most importantly, do NOT be scared of the whole, unrefined carbohydrates (grains and legumes), they are NOT the enemy. Excess fat, refined carbohydrates, and overeating ARE the enemies. Stay away from them!
Despite knowing what to eat, I know that it can be difficult to figure out exactly how much to eat. Moreso, if you’ve been overweight (or underweight) for a long time.
In my next post, I’ll provide some insight into what portion/serving sizes should look like and I’ll also introuduce the system I’ve been using the last few months to keep my eating on track.
If there’s one thing you should take away from this post, it is that there is no such thing as fat but fit.