Every once in a while, I find a weight loss article that is so in tune with how I view the whole notion of weight management that I want to jump up and do the whole fist-pump-YESSS! thing (okay, sometimes I do that, only without the jumping up part). Sometimes an article is so opposite my viewpoint that I get a little cranky and have to go surf Pinterest for an hour or so to calm down.
Yesterday, I found a new kind of weight loss article–the kind that makes me laugh so hard I almost fall off my chair and onto a pair of scissors* that just happens to be there. Of course I’m going to link to it, but I first wanted you to make sure the area around you is clear of sharp objects.
According to 6 Signs of Fat Loss, losing weight will make you:
– less alert (slow-witted, even)
– semi-permanently hungry
– more prone to muscle soreness
– sleepier in the mornings
You can see why I had a near-fatal case of the giggles.
Now I realize that Yahoo Shine is not exactly a medical journal; however, the articles there are generally pretty good. And the ones that aren’t good are usually benign fluff. This one falls into a whole different category entirely–the absurdly bad category, in my opinion. In addition to poor writing, the writers credentials and source material seem to be that she regularly participates in “workout/diet programs”. Since my credentials are at least equal to that, I feel comfortable offering a rebuttal: Hogwash!
If I had to describe how I feel when I’m eating healthy and exercising regularly, it would be the exact opposite of most of the “signs of fat loss” described in the article. I bounce out of bed in the morning, most days way earlier than I’d like. I have more energy than I’ve ever had and a much better attitude toward life. I did experience some muscle soreness in the beginning, but that was because I was using those muscles in new and different ways.
Granted, we all have different experiences and at any given time, we are likely to experience soreness, tiredness, sleepiness, hunger, etc. (I refuse to think of myself as slow-witted, even when I am slow-witted.) That’s just life in general. But if we’re fueling our bodies properly (and that includes sleep/rest) and exercising smartly, we shouldn’t experience any of the “6 Signs of Fat Loss” on the way to a healthier self.
Agree? Disagree? Feel free to discuss.
*No, I don’t usually leave scissors laying around on the floor. I was working on a craftsy project at the time and had just taken a quick break to stretch my legs.