This applies to all areas of life. I think we need to remember that just because you read something, doesn't mean it's true. No matter where you read it!
Some people say you need to get 8 hours of sleep. Some people say you shouldn't eat meat. Some people say 6 days a week is exercising too much. Some people say 3 days a week is too little.
The list goes on and on. I read an article recently on how "all things in moderation" is a bunch of crap. I read the whole article and thought to myself, well I don't agree with that at all! Why? Because it works for me. And I had a realization:
Bag what you read. Bag what people tell you. Take good advice for what it is, but when it all comes down to it-do what's best for you. Follow your heart. Do what works for you, and don't give a you-know-what about what other people say or think or do. Don't compare yourself to other people.
Work on yourself, be happy with yourself.
For me, all things in moderation works fabulous. I once started keeping track of my calories and after a few months of doing this I realized there wasn't a single day that I went over my recommended calorie intake. And I wasn't even trying not to. So why keep track? I'm very good at eating small amounts often. Who cares if I splurge on a Dr. Pepper here and there or some yummy chocolate cake? It works for me. And if I notice my stomach becoming something I don't want it to be, I change my habits quick! Stop drinking soda for a few weeks, lower my sweets, or workout harder at the gym.
Working out is my key. As long as I'm working out 3 - 5 times a week, I find I am happy with my body. I stay healthy that way.
BUT this doesn't work for everyone! Some people have a weakness of junk food, some people over-indulge and eat too much, some people hate working out, some people work out constantly and still gain weight. EVERYONE is different.
You need to find what works for you!
If you have a hard time with eating in moderation and need to diet, I recommend Weight Watchers. It's the only diet I've seen with people in my life that really works, and keeps the weight off if continued. I know many people that have lost a lot of weight using this method.
If you have a hard time with motivation to work out, I recommend getting a gym buddy or splurging and getting a personal trainer. Having someone push you is a key to being motivated.
And the key to this all is self-discipline. If you can master self-discipline, you will find a way to do anything. This is something that I will be working on my whole life!
Today I do have some healthy advice. I read this yesterday and I whole-heartedly agree with it!
"Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince,
and dinner like a Beggar."
That works for me. That works for A LOT of people. Try it out, see if it works for you!