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Our Black community has been disproportionately affected with lifestyle diseases such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes for far too long. In fact, being African-American is even listed as a risk factor for such diseases.I disagree with the notion of race being a risk factor.

Instead, I believe that our Black community has to increase our knowledge on what really matters for health and weight loss, and then ACT on that knowledge.  The truth is, if we do not believe the right things to be successful at living healthily and losing weight, we won’t do the right things.

I’ve noticed from several of my experiences as a personal trainer, as well as from simply living, that there are several beliefs that we tend to have that consistently hold us.  Some of the beliefs come from our own misconceptions of health and fitness, while other beliefs, unfortunately, are perpetuated by the ever growing, $61 billion health and fitness industry.

In my book, 13 Things to Stop Believing to Become Healthy and Lose Weight, I’ve outlined 13 different beliefs that I’ve found hold so many of our people back from living healthy lives. Here, I’ve shared the top three that I feel might be our biggest hindrances:

1. I have to weigh myself several times a day – Many believe that if you weigh yourself several times each day, you can effectively manage your weight and keep yourself from gaining any extra pounds. In truth, however, repeated weighing each day can become a sort of bondage.

For Better Weight Loss Results, Change Your Beliefs was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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