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Weight Loss Myths to Avoid

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Weight Loss Myths to Avoid

People commonly think that they need to give up every food they have previously enjoyed to lose weight. But that is the furthest thing from the truth. A successful well planned diet includes a variety of foods. The key is moderation. When we decide to “give up” certain foods, we actually can set ourselves up to fail. And that’s the last thing we want to do.

6 Weight Loss Myths to Avoid When Dieting: 

1. Carbs are bad for weight loss: This is a very common statement that many people believe when they want to lose weight. This is a long standing belief as carbohydrate intake has been given a bad reputation for a very long time. From the Atkins diet to now the Keto diet, and the low carb diets all have been around for a long time. Not all carbs are bad. A lot of the junk food we eat is high in carbohydrates and most people acknowledge junk food isn’t good for us to eat. Especially on a regular bases. Moderation is key in losing weight if you are including carbs in your diet. (Thank goodness this isn’t true because there are just times when I want to enjoy carbs)

2. Eating healthy is expensive: There is a false idea that in order to eat healthy foods you need to have a lot of money. Wrong. I have a saying: You don’t have to be wealthy to eat healthy, and true wealth is good health! You may be wondering how to eat healthy on a budget and lose weight. If you are cooking for yourself or for a family, it is very possible to construct cheap meals that are healthy and full of nutrition. Part of eating healthy on a budget involves being smarter when shopping in the grocery store and having an open mind of what you choose to eat. Be aware of the over priced, so-called healthy snacks out on the market. The ones that claim to be low in calories and low in fat are not always the healthiest choice. So, there is no need to fall into the trap of paying a high premium price for items you can get less expensive which have similar ingredients.
Tips: Write out your grocery store list prior to heading out.
2. Purchase more store brand items to save money.
3. Buy bulk items and separate them/store in the freezer or containers.
4. Shop at local farmers market for fresh fruits and vegetables.
5. Purchase meats from local meat markets instead of your local grocery store to save money.
6. Plan out your meals weekly as to not waste anything.

3. You can’t eat chocolate and lose weight: People commonly think that they need to give up every food they have previously enjoyed to lose weight. Yes, I talk about cutting our junk and processed food. However, part of being balanced is to have control over what you eat and being in a place where you can choose to enjoy something you like. The key to staying in control is, knowing what triggers you to overeat junk food and processed foods is important. (Successful long-term weight loss involves decreasing certain items, not completely deleting them from your diet)

4. Sweating helps weight loss: The first time I came to know of this idea that sweating helps burn fat, I was taken aback. How does sweating burn fat? This is a common misconception and something I have heard so often at the gym. Sweating more does not cause you to lose more weight. You sweat because it is a part of your body’s regulation strategies to keep your temperature within a range. That is it.  Sweat does not demonstrate a usage of calories or even how hard you have worked in the gym. You sweat because you are hot. When you sweat you may lose a small amount of water weight – which may be reflected on the scales, very temporarily. Once you eat and drink, that water will be back in your body and the scale weight will return back to normal. (If this myth were true, most of us would have figured out a way to have a sauna built in our homes already!)

5. Losing weight will make you happy: There is this idea that by being thin you will be happy and healthy. Being skinny doesn’t mean you are going to be more healthy or happy. Your body size does not determine your position or status in life. We know obesity is a risk factor for health issues, however just because someone is skinny does not mean they are exempt from ever having a health problem. Working on loving who you are is an important part of your weight loss journey. Waiting to be your goal weight and thinking that you will suddenly have life all sorted out, is a distorted idea. Embrace your beauty and love your curves right where they are as you continue on your path towards healthiness.

6. Eat low fat foods for weight loss: Often when people have the option of buying something like yogurt, they opt for the 0% fat yogurt. There is this notion that low fat products are better for your weight loss journey. These products are branded to be low in fat or high in protein simply for marketing purposes. This is why I stress the importance of understanding how to read food labels and becoming a grocery store detective. When you look at the ingredients you will find they are often full of sugar or salt as a means to make these products more palatable. This does not make the product healthy for you.

 

TIP:

Remember to read all food labels and be a grocery store detective when purchasing your weight loss staples. And as long as you are aware of the overall ingredients, think about moderation and diversity when it comes to food, you will continue to win at losing weight.

 

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