Many find losing weight very difficult simply because there is a lot of myths about weight loss out there. You read one resource about weight loss and then read another one that completely contradicts the first one you read.
All of these myths about weight loss just end up with a lot of misconceptions making the entire situation a bit confusing.
In today’s day and age, where we are dominated by images of super-thin celebrities advertising junk food, it’s difficult to know exactly where to turn when you have decided that you need to lose some weight.
There’s no doubt that friends and family have given you no end of “useful” advice – some of it good, some of it bad. There are certain things you are recommended to be aware of!
1. Skipping breakfast is a good way to start the day.
Unfortunately, it isn’t. Many people think that at the beginning of the day it’s easier to control your food intake because you are more awake and can easily resist the cravings.
However, just after you wake up your metabolism is at its lowest, so you need to boost it by eating something. Otherwise, you will go through the entire morning with a low metabolism, and when you eventually eat lunch, your metabolism will stay low.
2. Celery and cabbage help you because they burn calories quicker.
No, they don’t. There is no food that will burn calories quicker than any others. A fast metabolism is what burns calories, not the actual food. Although celery and cabbage are good as they contain many of the vital nutrients and vitamins we need to function properly, there is no evidence to suggest that these particular vegetables are any better for you than other green vegetables.
3. Eating late in the evening causes accelerated weight gain.
Wrong again, I’m afraid. More important than at what time you consume the food is knowing how many calories you are eating compared to how many calories you are burning off. If you have been, or plan to be, particularly inactive for that day, than you need to eat something with lower calories than if you have been or are intending to be more physically active.
4. Fat-free = zero calories
There are no foods that contain zero calories. Sure, there are many foods that contain significantly less than others, but zero calories? Only pure filtered water contains zero calories.
5. Avoid all fast foods
Fast foods do indeed contain a lot more calories than other foods, but to avoid them at all costs every single day would be both impractical and not very much fun. Going on a diet or similar weight loss regime is all about losing weight, not about being totally miserable and unhappy all of the time. Simply ensure you are not eating these kinds of foods every single day, and try and avoid the supersize option!
So remember to take health and fitness tips you receive from your friends and family with a small pinch of salt, and enjoy your diet – don’t let it take over everything. If you are still unsure about anything, it is never a bad idea to check with your doctor at any time.