There are many misconceptions about health, but a common misconception that’s becoming more prevalent especially with the rise of health and fitness trends is the misconceptions surrounding the relationship between weight loss and health.
What’s unsettling is to witness friends skipping meals or drastically cutting portions in the name of “health”, when in fact the overwhelming desire for weight loss is what they’re really after and the habits they’ve chosen to reach their goal is counterintuitive to what healthy really means.
#1 – Losing weight does not mean you’re healthier.
It’s important to differentiate between weight loss and being healthier. Although weight loss can be a result of a healthier lifestyle, weight loss is not equivalent to a person’s level of health.
#2 – Healthy does not equal skinny.
There are plenty of healthy people who do not fit the misleading and constructed view of what society and media identifies as a ‘healthy’ person. What we’ve been bombarded with are the electronically manipulated images of society’s idea of what healthy looks like. When in fact, a healthy person, as is with the varieties of body types, genders, race, etc. can take many shapes and forms. It’s about what you’re doing, what you’re eating, and how you feel.
#3 – As long as I am working out, I am bettering my health. The type of workout doesn’t matter.
This idea of “if I workout I am healthy” is a misleading belief because different types of workouts serve various goals. For example, weightlifters often have the appearance of ‘health’ but in fact may not be the healthiest of individuals to doctor’s standards. Cardio is an important factor to achieving health as cardio is what helps strengthen the heart, but many committed weightlifters tend to resist cardio.
When we are in pursuit of health, it is important to identify what are the goals we want to achieve. It is equally as important to accept health is an individual journey and no two journeys will be exactly the same. What’s important is to understand what you need, what you want to achieve, and the right way of getting there.