These myths are everywhere, being propagated by stubborn advocates who would stop at nothing to make almost everyone buy into their ideas of weightloss. However, you should be careful with the habits you imbibe while trying to burn fat and keep fit. For familiarity and precaution, here are top 10 myths about weightloss you should know.
1. Rigorous exercise is more important than eating healthy
Fine, exercise is quite important to your body, however, exercise alone cannot turn into a weightloss magic. You must also eat right and healthy. It is the combination of these two that will help in your weightloss journey.
2. Food labeled ‘low fat’ or ‘reduced fat’ is the best
This myth is quite misleading because food that is labeled ‘low fat’ have to contain no more than an exact amount of fat to legally use the label. Most times, food labeled low fat contains less fat than the full-fat version and this does not make it a healthy choice. Thus, you should check the label to see how much fat it contains.
3. Skipping meal
Skipping meal won’t make you lose weight. It will only make you eat more due to tiredness and also make you lose essential nutrients. What you should do instead is practice mindful or moderate eating.
4. Cut down on snacks
Snacking is not the problem and it should not be avoided. Rather, you should pay more attention to what exactly you snack on. Make sure you go for healthy snacks in order to maintain your energy level. A good hack for choosing healthy snack is substitution. I have previously written an article on healthy snacking, find it here.
5. All carbs are bad
All carbs are not equal and carbohydrates are not all bad. Instead, you should avoid processed carbs that are often high in sugar. Carbs are also important because they serve as fuel during exercise to burn body fat.
6. You should always count your calories instead of eating healthy
Counting calories will only make you fascinate about quantity over quality. Counting calories only can affect the quality of your diet and your health will suffer for it.
7. Cutting down fat in your diet helps you to lose weight
A research found out that foods containing healthy fat do not lead to weight gain and therefore avoiding fat will only lead to more weight gain. Healthy fats can help to speed up metabolism which eventually makes you shed weight.
8. Exercise only counts when you do it for long hours
This is not true, rather, you should observe a moderate intensity exercise every week. It recommended you spend at least 2 hours and 30 mins in a week to exercise. Hence, find ways to build your physical activity into your daily routine.
9. To lose belly fat, you have to work on your abs all the time
This is one of the misleading statement made about losing belly fat. Stomach exercise is important but other important things must be done e.g. healthy eating and avoid eating late at night. All these will help you lose belly fat.
10. Crash diet is the best way to lose weight
A crash diet is seen as the way to lose weight but on the long run, you tend to gain more weight. Also, you can be missing out some important nutrients by dieting.
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