When I was in school, I used to go over magazines and articles online about how drinking some cucumber and lemon infused water helps weight loss or about how spicy food speeds up your metabolism, and all these article would get me a little bit excited. I was never desperate to lose weight as a teenager but i knew I had some problems with it so I would actually pay attention to the little tips here and there.
What I didn't know back then but thankfully know now, is that there isn't a secret, no strings attached, easy, miracle way to lose weight (or body fat) without putting in real effort and taking care of your health.
It's not like many people around me (or all of us?) growing up know what healthy really means. Everyone knows the usual, apparently losing weight means eating less and exercising more till you're at a happy shape then you go back to what you did before again. This kind of advice about health and weight loss, coupled with silly "tips" from health and beauty magazines and websites, don't do us any good.
As you're reading this I can only hope you all know better as well. Many like to think something that's been published by certain kinds of websites or magazines are always right but that's just not true anymore. These have all been written by adults who may just genuinely think writing down every calorie you consume or drinking water when you're hungry is ideal for weight loss.
I can't say much else besides the fact that these "tips" are so often just lazy suggestions, ignorant ideas and sometimes just plain dangerous advice.
Sure, I still know people who would happily go through a magazine and say "This article says eating chilli will help me burn belly fat" or "If I don't eat carbs after 4pm I'll be healthy!" and then actually try this out for a while until they realise it doesn't fix their problems.
I've read articles on my news app (NewsLoop) that claim drinking Coke Zero is better for weight loss than water.... um, what?! And I know there are people who would believe this shit they call quality writing.
I don't want any of you to listen to this kind of "advice".
Take some real advice instead.
Exercise regularly, nourish yourself with healthy whole foods, treat yourself every now and then, fill your mind with positive thoughts and surround yourself with great people who make you smile and give you actual healthy advice.
There are no quick fixes. But the effort you put into your health will be worth it when you start experience the results of healthy living.
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