It is interesting to think about for sure.
I bet if you took a poll of the general population many would agree that they themselves or someone they know- friends, family members, loved ones- has indeed 'let themselves go'.
You hear this saying thrown about all the time, but what on earth does it mean?
I'm guessing that most people use it in a sense that refers to the 'giving up' or 'giving in'. That whatever it was you used to do you don't do any more.
"In high school I played football and baseball. I'm 30 now and I haven't played sports in years. I've really let myself go."
I don't think I would be far off with that assessment either.
Ok, here is the challenge to that paradigm. What if 'letting yourself go' didn't carry with it the meaning of giving up on something, what if it meant more of a continuation of things???
Follow me for a minute.
In high school, sure you played sports (or maybe you didn't) you also stayed up late, ate too much junk food, and thought you knew everything.
Look at your life now--I'm betting that you 'let yourself go' on doing at least 3 of the 4 things I just mentioned. How's that working out for you?
The continuation of things that you might have been able to get away with when you were younger may be exactly what has derailed you later in life.
Lack of sleep
Lack of sleep is linked to increased stress levels, weight gain, food cravings, impaired glucose and insulin functioning, and disruption to circadian rhythms.
In a nutshell, losing sleep causes you to feel hungry (even though you aren’t), increase your caloric intake, store more of these calories as fat and burn fewer calories throughout your day regardless of the exercise you do.
You gain weight, become diabetic, and develop cardiovascular disease. Sound familiar????
Eating junk food
No surprise here, junk food isn't all that great for you when it comes to staying healthy or 'in shape'.
The problem is that most people don't realize just how much of what they are eating actually falls into this category.
Candy bars, cookies, and ice cream are all easy to spot, but the other junk that goes around masquerading, as real food is what you need to be aware of.
Those "healthy" boxed, prepared cereals, snack bars and other convenience foods.. yep, pretty much in the junk food category.
You may have been able to get away with eating those things when you were younger, but not so much now.
Guess what, that is because your body responds differently to them now.
Hormonally speaking your body is better able, and more likely, to store those things as fat as opposed to use them for immediate energy.
Thinking you know everything
It is interesting how we assume that just because we are older we know more than we did before.
Sure this may be true about some things.
For example, look at the job you have. You probably know more about it today than you did on your first day.
But when it comes to your body and your health it is often a different story.
Not knowing which end is up with regard to your health and well-being can be a problem for sure. But the BIGGER problem is thinking you know everything about it when in fact, you do not.
No one is born knowing everything.
So, did you let yourself go?
I propose that it isn't the giving up on what you did when you were younger that got you to where you are, rather the 'letting yourself go' on doing what you did when you were younger that has done it!
Too many times people are look for what it is they need to start doing in order to lose weight or improve their health when all too often it is something they need to stop doing that will help the most.
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