I want to share with you some of the 10 most popular diet myths so that you no longer make the same mistakes. It does not matter what time of year, but everyone wants to lose weight, whether for a special occasion, holiday, or an added few pounds.
The only problem we have is that we want a “quick fix” whilst still leading the same lifestyle. Unfortunately, the “Quick Fix” Diet does not exist and to change our bodies we must change ourselves.
The mental stress that occurs with losing weight and not being able to achieve your goals is astonishing and I want to try to help you reach success.
Here I bust some diet myths to help you find a good diet to help you lose weight.
Skipping Breakfast Is A Good Way To Lose Weight
Skipping meals especially breakfast is most likely to make you feel hungry and tired and have you reaching for high fat and high calorie snacks. Generally, people who eat breakfast tend to lead healthier lifestyles.
Even with Intermittent Fasting we still need to break our fast and the best way to do that is to eat or drink protein (such as a bone broth) around 2 hours before we eat our first meal.
If you eat nothing but celery or cabbage all day for a week you will lose weight. However, fad diets that limit your calories are not sustainable in the longer term and you are more than likely to put that weight back on. Starving yourself is not the key to losing weight but making small changes will in the long term.
There is a type of Intermittent Fast which is the 5:2 Diet which means that for two days you only eat 800 calories and the other 5 days you eat normally. The idea behind this way of eating is that on the other 5 days you will only eat what your body wants. Please ensure that you make good food choices so plenty of protein and good carbohydrates such as leafy vegetables which will keep you fuller for longer.
Depriving yourself of all the foods you enjoy will not work. You will very quickly give into temptation and abandon your efforts. There is no harm in allowing yourself treats every now and again.
The Truth is that if you eat wisely with whole natural foods that are not processed, you will not have the same cravings that you once had. You will find that you no longer want that biscuit or those cakes.
Remember Sugar is our biggest addiction and your brain does not have the signals stating that you are full so it will continue to want more.
No Eating Past 8pm
It does not matter what time of the day you eat if you are consuming too many of the wrong calories. It is more beneficial for your digestive system if you do not eat just before you go to sleep. However, a late dinner will make you no fatter than an early one. I do also find that the later you eat and the more tired you feel you will generally make the wrong food choices opting for those sugary snacks.
Intermittent fasting has been part of my life for some 4 years and I try my best not to eat after 8pm mainly to do with the time in between my last meal and the time that I break my fast.
Lose Your Belly Fat, Bingo Wings or Thunder Thighs
As unfair as it may seem we cannot spot reduce fat from certain areas of our body. Whilst we might be able to tone an area through exercise the same cannot be said for where we reduce or increase fat from.
Just remember when we lose weight you will generally lose from all over the body and that is about food predominantly and then ensuring you have a good exercise routine.
Only Eat Foods That Burn Fat
No foods can burn fat alone. There are certain foods that can help accelerate your metabolism such as Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper and Black Coffee to name a few but not in isolation. This means you MUST have a good food regime and ensure that your exercise programme incorporates Cardio, Strength and Stretch.
Trying to eat smaller portion sizes and choosing the right food is more effective.
Carbohydrates Are Fattening
Gram for gram carbohydrates have fewer calories than fat. However, a lot of carbohydrates can be mixed with rich food such as sauces which adds a lot more calories such as Spaghetti Carbonara.
Try thinking of eating wholegrain foods which will keep you fuller for longer as they are packed full of fibre. You are also less likely to eat as much.
Replace normal pasta or rice with wholegrain. Adding chicken and vegetables such as broccoli could turn into an amazingly tasty dish which is low calorie and full of low GI foods and fibre.
The right choices will stop the need for snacking.
Snacking in general is only something that has come into our lifestyles recently. If you eat well which means getting all your nutrients, vitamins, fibre, protein, fats, and good carbohydrates will negate the need for snacking.
However, if you have skipped a meal or had a hard workout then healthy snacking in between meals can be better for you as you can control your hunger. Good snacks would include nuts, fruit, vegetables, and crudités.
You could even try something like Organic Peanut Butter and apple slices. Utterly delicious and full of goodness.
Low Fat Foods Only
Replacing fat with low calorie food usually leads to eating more and unfortunately a lot of these products have added sugars and flavours to them. Whilst manufacturers will confuse you with low fat products, they need to enable them to taste good which means adding sugar and other chemicals.
Processed foods in general are so bad for our digestive system and are worth avoiding.
Always read the labels.
Intense Exercise Regimes
A good healthy body needs a good mix of exercise such as Cardio, Strength, Stretch and Mindfulness. Even low intensity exercise such as gardening and walking is good for you.
For a healthier you it is important to eat well which means a variety of food that preferably is not processed.
Exercise at least 150 minutes every week and twice a week you need to add in strength works.
It is better for you to be consistent with your exercise routine and one that you can sustain for the longer term. 10-minute exercise every other day is far better than a 1-hour session once per week.
A one-off intense workout lasting for 3 hours on the odd occasion will not be conducive to a good healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Hopefully, I have opened your eyes to a better way of losing weight and busting those myths that are out there.
My advice is that you need a good healthy eating habit and combine this with a varied exercise routine. Changing your lifestyle will enable you to lose weight but more importantly that you can continually look and feel amazing both inside and out.
Please leave me any comments or further questions and I will be more than happy to help.