Most of us have decided to lose weight, but weâ€™re not always successful! Sometimes itâ€™s because we give up or change our priorities. But often itâ€™s because we follow fitness, nutrition, and weight loss advice that isnâ€™t accurate. When it comes to diet and weight loss, itâ€™s important to know about these five myths that seem to keep coming backâ€”just like that ten pounds we keep trying to lose!
Myth #1: Cutting calories is enough for weight loss.
Truth: While cutting calories is certainly a component of weight loss, itâ€™s not a way to keep weight off permanently. When you consistently reduce your calorie intake, your body adjusts your metabolism accordingly. Your best bet: pair a healthy diet with regular exercise, so youâ€™re cutting out unhealthy calories from fat and sugar, while effectively burning the calories you intake.
Myth #2: Diets that restrict the kinds of food you can eat are safe.
Truth: Sure, if a diet restricts your intake of fat and sugar, thatâ€™s fantastic. But diets that eliminate entire food groups can rob your body of necessary vitamins and minerals. The Atkins diet, for instance, requires giving up all breads and other carbs. A better bet is to replace these with whole-grain versions, such as whole grain bread instead of plain old white bread.
Myth #3: Diet pills are safe and healthy.
Truth: Diet pills generally fall into two categories. The first are diuretics, meaning they simply help you lose water weight. The results may be dramatic and fast, but this kind of weight loss doesnâ€™t last. The second category of diet pills contain caffeine or other stronger substances to â€œhelp you burn calories faster.â€ A better, healthier way to burn more calories? Exercise!
Myth #4: Snacks will spoil your diet.
Truth: A nutritious snack is actually a great way to curb your appetite and prevent overeating during meals. The key here is to eat the right kinds of snacks. Get in the habit of keeping healthy snacks in your purse, briefcase, desk, or pantry, where theyâ€™re easy to access when you need them. Almonds and carrot sticks are great choices, as are fruits that have their own â€œnatural packaging,â€ like apples, oranges, and bananas.
Myth #5: Losing weight means giving up all the foods you love.
Truth: Losing weight does require you to rethink your eating habits, but often youâ€™ll find that substitutions are just as delicious as the â€œreal thing.â€ For instance, dark chocolate will still satisfy your sweet tooth. Fruit juice mixed with a splash of sparkling water has the same fizz as your favorite soda. And donâ€™t feel like you must constantly deprive yourself; enjoy a slice of cake at your kidâ€™s birthday partyâ€”but skip the second helping!
The reality is that losing weight isnâ€™t about deprivation. Itâ€™s about developing habits that make your body healthier overall. As you change your diet over time, youâ€™ll find that your body feels better, and your have the energy you need for a challenging workout routine.
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