Losing weight successfully is one of the most difficult things many of us would like to achieve. Unfortunately, the amount of misinformation you can get on how to shed off excess weight is truly overwhelming.
To help you out, I’ve chosen seven longstanding myths and I’ve looked at what truth there is in them. Only one of them stands.
1- Skipping Breakfast Myth
Skipping breakfast is a good way to lose weight. Untrue. Having breakfast will not only give you the energy you need to start the day, but it’ll also allow you to have smaller meal portions because you’ll be less hungry, and even reduce the number of snacks you need. In general, people who eat breakfast are less likely to binge eat than those who don’t.
2- Dieting Is The Only Way To Lose Weight
Dieting is the only way to lose weight. Untrue. For most people, diets don’t work. Statistically, you’re very likely to put back on the weight you lose through dieting, especially crash-dieting.
3- There Are Some Things I Should NEVER Eat
There are some things I should NEVER eat. Untrue. The “don’t eat this, don’t eat that” approach to food only increases your cravings. The question is not what things you shouldn’t eat, but how often you can eat them without putting on weight. Rather than banning certain foods altogether, cut down on saturated fat and refined sugars, but don’t tell yourself that you’ll never eat your favorite chocolate bar ever again. The odds are, you won’t be able to think of anything else all day, and eventually you’ll give in. Instead, buy a smaller bar, or eat only half of it.
4- Drinking Water Makes You Put On Weight
Drinking water makes you put on weight. Untrue. Water is, in fact, the best ally in your weight-loss battle, and wonderful beauty treatment. Water helps you get rid of impurities, look younger, tone muscle, combat constipation, increase your energy levels, reduce headaches, and the list goes on. Best of all, water is a natural appetite suppressant. Did you know that the human brain isn’t very good at differentiating between hunger and thirst? Next time you’re reaching for a snack, try drinking a glass of water instead. You’ll soon notice the benefits.
5- Cooking Nice Food Will Make You Put On Weight
Cooking nice food will make you put on weight. Untrue. Restaurant food often contains more fat and salt than home-cooked meals, but in your kitchen, you can be a good cook and a healthy cook at the same time. There are dozens of things you can do to reduce the number of calories in your dishes without sabotaging the results: go easy on the amount of oil you use, bake or grill things rather than frying them, trim off the fat before adding the meat to the pot, skin the chicken, use low-fat yogurt, and the list goes on.
6- Overweight People Eat More At Mealtimes Than Thin People
Overweight people eat more at mealtimes than thin people. Untrue. Curiously enough, often they don’t. They eat the same, or even less, but they eat more fat and carbohydrates between meals. Remember: it’s often what you snack on that makes you put on weight, not the meals themselves.
7- The Secret To Slimming Down Is To Make Some Lifestyle Changes
The secret to slimming down is to make some lifestyle changes. True. Once you realize this is the only way to get rid of excess weight forever, you’re within reach of your dream. The great news is, even small changes can make a difference from the start: walk for thirty minutes every day, reduce your alcohol intake, buy skimmed milk instead of full fat, substitute processed food with raw vegetables and fruit; learn to cook fast, easy and healthy recipes; drink fruit juice instead of sodas, etc.