There is so much information on dieting and losing weight that you would think everyone must know all the answers to shedding kilos. However there’s so much hype out there about what’s healthy and what’s not that it can get quite confusing.
So, with all the knowledge we have available to us, why are the statistics for overweight and obesity climbing throughout the western world? I believe there are a few reasons, but think the biggest cause is lifestyle. How you live your life and the choices you make can be seen on either your flat or bulging belly.
I have lived both sides of the story. I was overweight or obese for many years – however when I quit dieting and decided to step up and take responsibility for my health and lifestyle choices things changed for the better.
Are you ready to ditch the diet mentality and take a healthy approach to weight loss? Let’s bust some weight loss myths.
5 diet myths debunked
- Skipping meals helps you lose weight – FALSE – Back when I weighed 100 kilos, I believed this was true, I would skip breakfast thinking I was saving those calories. How wrong I was! Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and gets you into fat-burning mode. You never want to be hungry on a weight loss program as it sets you up for disaster either later in the day or the next day.
- Not exercising makes you gain weight – FALSE – Lack of exercise is not the issue, consuming more calories than you burn is what causes weight gain. You can lose weight without exercising however, exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle as you’ll see in point 4 below.
- Carbs are fattening – FALSE – The problem is, not all carbs are created equal. Sugar and anything that has added sugar as a primary ingredient are generally high carb foods and not a great addition to a healthy eating plan. Fruit on the other hand contains carbs, but is also a great source of dietary fibre and essential vitamins and minerals. Potatoes often get a bad rap, but more often it’s how they are cooked and the quantity consumed that is the problem. Like everything, the key is moderation. And next time someone tells you to quit carbs to lose weight, you might mention that the primary function of carbohydrates is to provide energy for the body, especially the brain and the nervous system. Pretty important I’d say!
- Metabolism slows as we age and causes weight gain – FALSE – Studies show that the metabolism slows due to loss of muscle mass as we age, however it doesn’t need to lead to weight gain. By adjusting your lifestyle to reduce your calorie intake and include weight-bearing exercise in your weekly exercise regime you can combat the effects of a slowing metabolism.
- Counting calories is a waste of time – FALSE – With so many high calorie foods readily available, counting calories is a must for anyone wanting to shed excess kilos. I advise everyone to keep a food diary for at least one or two weeks to identify the problem foods. You will need kitchen scales and a calorie and fat counter book to track the calories and fats of all food and drinks you consume each day.
Forget trying to lose weight the quick way, by using diet pills or the latest fad diet. If you eat the right quantities of healthy nutritious food, exercise regularly and have a positive mental attitude, you will win the battle of the bulge.
Not sure where to start? My Winter Warmer eBook has a 14 day weight loss menu plan to get you on the right track.