I know it's easy for ME to say, "Hey, chill, don't worry about it", because I am thin.
But one of the things I get asked frequently is "How did you lose the baby weight?" (I have 4 kids after all, and I had them all back-to-back). Or "What is your secret?"
I don't have a secret.
And people seem GENUINELY DISAPPOINTED by that.
People want to hear "I eliminated carbs or sugar entirely" or "I only eat these 8 specific types of kale now" or "I don't eat after 4pm" or "I go on weird shitty detoxes where I pretend I'm not just abusing laxatives like a college girl with an eating disorder, because taking a shit ton of laxatives is literally a behavior associated with eating disorders."
No. I'm old school and use common sense.
I don't eliminate entire categories of food. I don't deprive myself of treats. I drink wine and alcohol on occasion. I even eat meat and things that... dun dun duuuuun... AREN'T ORGANIC.
I simply eat in moderation. I don't overstuff myself. I neither starve nor binge. I keep a balanced view of food. Nothing is forbidden, and I don't attach higher morality to things like quinoa salads. I stay active in general (sometimes that means running a marathon, other times that means walking 4 blocks to the post office instead of driving).
I know. That isn't some catchy slogan like "Eliminate THIS ONE THING to lose your gut forever!" or "Gluten is the root of all evil, squared!"
Health is not one thing. It's a thousand little things that all add up. And because it's a thousand little things, that means I can eat a small amount of cheesecake on occasion and it doesn't destroy everything (unless I'm eating too much of it). And if I skip a work out because I have the flu or I'm on vacation and just don't want to, that's fine. Because I know that most of the time, I'm out there on my feet, running, walking, lifting.
Extreme dieting leads to extreme crankiness and for most people, extreme failure and extreme rebound-weight-gain. And, sometimes it can also cost you extreme money (supplements and programs and unqualified "health coaches" with no background in health, science, or medicine).
So there you have it. My "secret" to weight loss is eating a balanced diet and moderate reasonable portion sizes, and working out 4-6 times per week (I always take a rest day). Sorry everyone.
Maybe I should brand this as "Body by Carbs". Or "Gluten Abs". Or the "Meat and Beer Body", or "the Definitely Not Vegan Diet". My exercise program can be called "I Guess We Should Work Out Sometimes and Stuff". (I'd have ALL the male clients, fo' sho')
I do want to say that I do understand genetics is part of our body type and shape, and obviously I have a small bone structure, and am a former gymnast. So I've built up a lifetime of muscle (lol, I know that's now how that works but if FEEEELS like it), and I have a lower body fat percentage, always have.
Fitness is an outfit that looks different on every body. I still get my skinny ass whupped at marathons by women who are definitely not thin. There is a famous ultra runner doing 100-milers who is OBESE. And even when I was sedentary, my body didn't look very different, but I was definitely not healthy after I was injured in a car accident and immobile (thinness is not the sole measure of health and vice versa).
In sum, here's all you need to know about the summer season and your banging beach body:
See you tomorrow!