Weight requires a lot of patience and commitment. However, like anything that requires hard work, people often look for short cuts.
Diet plans pop up every few months, each one claiming to be better than the last. A few of them have us rolling our eyes but enough people invest in them- jeopardizing their health. This article will serve to debunk various weight-loss myths in hopes that people will learn to lose weight in a healthier manner.
- No more of your favourite foods
This is not true. Don’t deny yourself pleasures because you think it’ll help you fit into that dress. At the end of the day, you just need to consume fewer calories than how much you burn. Learn to eat less processed foods.
- Hunger is normal during dieting
If you skip meals and deprive your body of calories, you will feel hungry. However, if you have a healthy diet and ensure that your body gets the proper nutrients, you will feel satiated without the stress of added calories. Include protein and fibre in your meals.
- Fat-free food is the way to go
Believe it or not, a lot of fat-free foods contain a lot of sugar and this is detrimental in your weight loss journey. Also- your body needs fats. Try out good fats like avocadoes and olive oil.
- Skip meals
Eating less than three meals a day only increases your hunger. Skipping breakfast will have you over-indulging during lunch and eating something heavy to fill you up.
- Just exercise
Just exercising isn’t going to shed off those extra kilos. You need a healthy lifestyle to go along with that.
- Fad diets
Fad diets are only temporary and they can be quite destructive to your health in the long run.
- Vegetarian skinny
Vegetarians can also be unhealthy, especially if their diet is full of starchy vegetables and certain fruits.
- Starve yourself
Starving yourself can leads to a decline in your metabolic rate so once you start regularly eating, you’ll gain back the weight twice as fast.
- Diet pills
Diet pills are detrimental to your health. At first they will likely do as they promised but they have drastic consequences such as an increased risk of heart diseases and Vitamin A deficiency.
- Healthy food is expensive
Vegetables cost less than red meat and alcohol. Eggs, brown sugar, oats and other whole wheat products cost as much as their processed counterparts. You don’t need to splurge on purely organic food to live a healthy lifestyle.
- All calories are the same
Just because foods can contain the same amount of energy, does not mean that they have the same effect on the body.
200 calories of jellybeans is not equal to 200 calories of fruit and nuts. The fruits and nuts will leave you satiated and your body will appreciate them much more than it’ll appreciate the jelly beans.
- Crunches for a six-pack
Crunches are not the key to a toned torso. If you really want those washboard abs, focus on your diet and add more to your workout routine.
At the end of the day, have a healthy diet that provides all the nutrients that your body needs to survive.