I want to share some “secrets” and health tips about being “skinny” with you. They come from a video series I created called “The B.S. Of Skinny”.
Most of you are probably thinking, “What! The B.S. of Skinny?”
Yes, but the “B.S.” does not stand for what you probably think it does. 🙂
The B.S. I am referring to is actually two different things: the Bogus Secrets and the Best Strategies.
First of all, let me tell you a bit about myself. I was the “skinny” kid at school. This may sound “perfect”, but it wasn’t fun at all. I was called “carpenter’s dream” because I was “flat as a board” and “sticks” because my legs looked like two toothpicks.
Yeah…it was so much fun being “skinny”. 🙂 One of the reasons I was “skinny” was because I was very active… too active, according to my teachers. Another reason: my genetics. Additionally, my mom fed us really healthy food!
I LOVE being healthy! My whole career (for the last 25+ years) has been helping people become healthy, happy and whole! And I especially love working with kids! (I raised 16 of them… but that’s another story!)
So here is “The B.S. of Skinny” for Teens:
1. Bogus Secret: “There is a Perfect Body.”
Best Strategy: No, there is not! You were made perfectly for you. All you have to do is take care of what you’ve been given and it will be perfect!
2. Bogus Secret: “Skinny is sexy.”
Best Strategy: Skinny is NOT sexy; it is DANGEROUS! Your goal should not be to be “skinny” but to be healthy.
Did you know that anorexia is the third most common chronic illness in female teens? AND did you know that everyone who is anorexic and does not get help, WILL die? Here’s what happens with an eating disorder… you get:
thinning hair that breaks or falls out
growth of fine body hair covering the entire body
dizzy or faint
dehydrated (early wrinkles)
organ, heart and stomach damage
loss of tooth enamel (yellow, weak teeth)
bloating (so much for the “skinny” look!)
frequent sore throat and/or swollen glands
bloodshot eyes or dark circles under the eyes
sores or calluses on knuckles
Does any of that sound sexy? NO! You have to eat to be healthy!
3. Bogus Secret: “I have to work out like a maniac to be skinny.”
Best Strategy: Actually, what you eat is 80% of what you look like. Exercise accounts for only 20%. So, the trick is to eat properly, plan ahead and practice healthy choices. So, what should you eat everyday? I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, but it is the truth. Eat lots of veggies, 2 – 3 servings of fruit, 2 – 4 servings of carbs (brown rice, potatoes, yams and corn, but NO WHEAT products), 3 – 4 servings of organic dairy, 2 – 3 servings of protein (red meat, white meat, fish, beans, lentils, eggs) and drink LOTS of water.
4. Bogus Secret: “There are pills that will make me skinny.”
Best Strategy: Nope. There are pills that will make you edgy, nervous, irritable, grouchy, and dehydrated; give you bad breath and gas; damage your organs and heart; but NONE that will make you skinny. Sorry.
5. Bogus Secret: “Surely, no company would sell me something that is bad for me!”
Best Strategy: Businesses are built to make profit. If it will sell, it will be sold. When you were a kid, you had to rely on your parents for your health. Now that you are older, you can start making some food choices of your own. Whatever you do, don’t waste your hard-earned money on “junk” food because that’s exactly what it is, no matter how healthy they tell you it is. Eat as closely to nature as you can (the list in #3).
6. Bogus Secret: “Fat-free is better for you.”
Best Strategy: Everyone needs healthy fats to have healthy hair, skin and even hormones. The trick is to eat healthy fats like avocado, nuts and nut butters, and organic virgin olive oil instead of whipping cream, hydrogenated fats (in most chips, chocolate bars, cookies, etc.) and burgers. Never opt for the “fat-free” stuff.
7. Bogus Secret: “Sugar-free is better for you.”
Best Strategy: You are far better off consuming real sugar (if you have to) than to eat sugar replacements. In truth, your body responds to sugar replacements in the same way it does to sugar, only the replacements are chemicals instead of the real thing. Always opt for the real thing.
8. Bogus Secret: “I need to go to the doctor every time I have a cold or headache.”
Best Strategy: Take care of yourself properly and you won’t have to go to a doctor very often at all. If possible, stay away from antibiotics. The more you take them, the less effective they will be when you really need them. AND some medications actually make you gain weight.
9. Bogus Secret: “If I take vitamins, I don’t need to eat properly.”
Best Strategy: Vitamins are just a form of health insurance. Nothing beats eating properly. It is important to take vitamins so make sure to take quality vitamins.
10. Bogus Secret: “If I just drink liquids all day, I’ll stay skinny.”
Best Strategy: I know a lady that is about 250 pounds. She told me she does not know why she weighs so much when all she does is drink all day. I asked her what she drinks and she brought me a “cold coffee mix” that she puts in milk. She drinks about 6 of them a day. Each drink has about 400 calories. She was drinking 2400 calories a day! The same thing can happen with special coffees, mixed cold drinks, etc. Stick to water!