There is a common belief people hold about losing weight that makes me very uncomfortable.
The reason it makes me uncomfortable is because it makes losing weight difficult for a lot of people. Even worse, it’s not their fault they think this way.
What is this belief I’m talking about?
In order to lose weight, all junk foods must be eliminated and replaced with health foods.
Let me explain why this is not true…
Last Saturday, I spent the day with some good friends in the city of Cardiff.
We drank Starbucks coffee served with almond biscotti’s. We ate at Ruby Tuesday’s (one of my favourite restaurants) and enjoyed beef sliders, fries and fresh bowls of salad.
As the day progressed, we caught a movie and each finished off a bag of sweet style popcorn with diet sodas.
It was nice to take time off from our regular diet standards and enjoy what many call ‘unhealthy eating’.
Which also begs the question: Can you still eat junk food and lose weight?
Let’s talk about that.
The Myth Behind Junk Food And Weight Gain
First, let’s take a look at my calories on that day.
- Saturday’s calorie intake for the day : 2,400 calories
- My daily allowance: 2,600 calories
That Saturday, I was able to eat what most people call junk food. Despite burgers, fries, popcorn and Starbucks.
If I continued to eat this way every day for a whole week, I’d weigh less the following week!
You’re probably thinking this doesn’t make sense. But it does make sense if you know how many calories you’re body requires for your goals.
The problem is, people associate weight gain with junk food. And of course, that makes sense since we all know what it’s like to stuff ourselves with fast food and candy.
But here’s the thing: all junk foods contain calories no different to health foods. And it;s the calories that matter when it comes to weight gain.
Most people think that in order to stay lean all year round you have to eat health foods and make huge dietary sacrifices.
But it’s bullshit. And your missing out if your involved in that way of thinking.
How Eating Junk Food And Losing Weight Works
The problem for most people is that they don’t know how to eat for the purpose of their goals. They’ve been led to believe that weight loss is all in the salad. But It isn’t.
We’ve been led to believe that to lose weight we have to make huge sacrifices and restrain from all the nice foods out there. These include the so-called foods that made us fat in the first place.
A lack of knowledge in the areas of nutrition and relying on company brands to help you lose weight can be damaging. So many people get their information from big brands without questioning how that information is gathered.
If we all strived to understand how foods work and the importance of calories, we would all have the freedom to create a diet we enjoy with the exception of junk foods from time-to-time.
But Aren’t All Health Gurus Health Freaks?
Most health gurus and people in the fitness spotlight rarely want their beliefs challenged. They would much rather stick to their rules and information than risk contradicting themselves.
People tend to assume that I am someone who eat’s nothing but health foods. But it’s not true. I have healthy habits and maintain a good diet 80% of the time.
Just because I sit down to a burger and fries once in a while doesn’t mean that I have to make myself fat in the process. It also doesn’t mean I’m gonna pig-out everyday of the week.
A Ruby Tuesday’s once every Saturday isn’t going to jeopardise my health or body fat levels. Doing it every day would.
When I was obese, I ate junk foods day in and day out. The difference today is that I have healthy habits. I have a standard for my body. I would never binge and overeat on junk foods every day of the week. That’s the major change from the obese me and the now lean me.
I continue the same habits of exercise and nutrition 80% of the time. But on the occasion, I like to eat some junk food.
”People tend to assume that I am someone who eat’s nothing but health foods. But it’s not true. The fact is, I have healthy habits, and maintain a good diet 80% of time. I have standards for the kind of life I want to live.”
Anyone can lose weight and still enjoy the foods that claim to make them fat. This idea of being completely strict with your diet and eating nothing but vegetables and protein is complete nonsense.
Why would anyone want to lose weight with this belief?
Simple Answer: They don’t. But they do it because they don’t know any better.
And I don’t blame anyone for giving up their diet if they have to endure months of eating bowls of salad, beans, protein and oats.
I’m not saying eating these foods aren’t great – I eat them often. It’s just I would prefer to add a little mayo, sliced bread, fries and a regular coke from time to time.
Oh wait, I do. And you know what, I’ve maintained my slim figure for 10 years now.
Not bad for a guy who was 300 pounds overweight eh?
Anyone who proclaims to eat the perfect diet are either lying out of insecurity or are just selective in what they choose to remember.
The fact is: Even the biggest health and public figures in the world enjoy the odd junk food. It’s normal.
I remember listening to Anthony Robbins ( one of America’s biggest coaches ), at a UPW event in London, and he said, ”Me and my wife like to take time away and eat ice cream. We zig and then we zag. But most zig.”
Theres a time and place for junk foods. You just don’t want to make eating them a lifestyle.
Finding Out What Works For Your Lifestyle
Of course, it’s easy for me to say that you can eat junk foods and lose weight. However, I wasn’t always slim. I had to learn new things to be who I am today, and be confident in my dietary approach.
I don’t neglect that some people vary in how they handle certain foods. We all know an excess amount of sugar makes people insulin resistant, and may have a metabolic disadvantage.
However, I never said junk foods should be your diet. I said they could have room in your diet. And I don’t care if you 150 pounds, or 700 pounds.
But, it’s all about you at the end of the day. You need to find out what works for you and your goals.
No doubt, you are going to find people who go against eating junk food. But I can tell you from my own experience there is nothing wrong with a little junk food. Once you understand the importance of calories, you will be able to track what you can and can’t afford to eat on a particular day.
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And as usual, please leave your comments below and tell me what you think about this article.
– Nathan Hewitt