American Bodies: What’s Your Wellness IQ?

  1. It’s important to eat healthy. I’ll try any diet — vegan, paleo, gluten-free — until I get it right.

Your body is not a lab so stop experimenting! Choose homeostasis over hype. Don’t mess with your body’s balance or it won’t recalibrate the next time.

2. For proper hydration, it’s important to drink as much water as you can. 64 ounces is a minimum.

You didn’t get the memo? Everything you swallow has water in it. Please only drink our most precious resource if you are thirsty!

3. If you’re not sweating, you’re not exercising hard enough! Feel the burn!

You don’t need to feel death around the corner to appreciate life. Same goes for exercise. If you want to beat yourself up then play for the NFL.

4. Thinner thighs mean a plate of kale over a handful of fried chips. If you eat healthy, you can eat more.

Every time you stretch your stomach you’re only hungrier the next time — no matter what you eat. Heaping portions of kale is still gluttony. It’s just green.

5. Eating three meals a day is so old school. It’s better to eat every couple of hours to keep your metabolism humming.

Your digestive system can’t work 24/7. Give your tired body a rest, and it will detox naturally. No cleanses needed.

6. BMI is the most authoritative, accurate tool out there to determine whether you’re obese. Using a mirror can be tricky.

The BMI says a 5’6” female weighing 185 pounds is not obese! Why? Because the average American woman is 5’4” and weighs 163.

7. Exercise is my religion. People that are obese just need to eat healthy and exercise harder.

Extreme exercise makes a big appetite even more voracious. Save yourself from eating more calories than you burned in the first place. And be nice to your joints.

8. Gluten-free, sugar free and fat free are always smarter choices for everyone.

Step 1. Eat what you hate.

Step 2. Rebel then binge

Step 3. Enter ensuing cycle of pleasure and guilt.

Step 4. Research another diet regimen/superfood.

Step 5. Repeat.

Break the cycle. Don’t let labels rule you!

Have you been health washed to believe every “wellness” article or “study” ? It’s time to recalibrate and give common sense a chance. The best approach is to adopt some healthy skepticism of the wellness subject.