Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Common Myths About Weight Loss

Sometimes it can be a little difficult to decide which myths are the facts and which the pure fiction. Here are a few of the most common myths about weight loss.

Lose weight with a radical exercise program - myth. The best way to lose weight is to make small changes to your diet and lifestyle which you can adopt for the future. It begins in the kitchen not in the gym. By all means you should incorporate some activity into your life but you've still got to watch what you eat. Eat less, move more, lose weight and feel great.

I can't afford to lose weight - myth. The truth is that it is often cheaper to eat a healthy diet than it is to buy pre-packed, processed foods. You will pay a lot more for a ready meal which is high in salt and fat than you would have to pay to buy the ingredients fresh and make it yourself.

Lose weight by starving yourself - myth. You are unlikely to sustain any weight loss due to a crash diet. As soon as you start eating again you are likely to pile the weight back on plus a few extra pounds. Crash diets are so difficult to maintain that as soon as you start to eat again you often eat more than you actually need. Adopt a healthy eating lifestyle whereby you can lose weight slowly and keep it off without even feeling hungry.

Stop snacking to lose weight - myth. The fact that people take a snack isn't the problem; the real problem is what they choose to snack on. Particularly those people with an active lifestyle need to snack between meals to keep their energy levels up. Avoiding things like chips, cookies and chocolate and replacing them with things like fruit or vegetables means that you can enjoy a snack without gaining excess weight.

Drinking lots of water helps to lose weight - myth. This one is almost true! The water keeps you hydrated (very important for your health) which stops you from getting the urge to snack. People who are thirsty can often mistake the signs for hunger and reach for something to eat when in actual fact a calorie free glass of water would have done the trick.

This is just a snapshot of some of the most popular misconceptions which people have about how to lose a few pounds. Adopting a healthy eating and exercise program is really the only way to lose weight healthy and maintain the new you.

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