7 Weight Loss Myths Busted that will Blow Your Mind and Diet Sodas Are Not Better
If you’re trying to lose a lot of weight or just shed a few pounds, then you know the path to reaching your target weight can sometimes be discouraging, frustrating and even unhealthy. These busted myths will help you drop that weight the healthy and mindful way.
If you’re trying to lose a lot of weight or just shed a few pounds, then you know the path to reaching your target weight can sometimes be discouraging, frustrating and even unhealthy. From crash diets to fad diets and skipping meals it can be downright dangerous.
How is anyone supposed to know what works and what doesn’t?
Not to fear, I’m here to debunk some common myths and help you drop the weight; the healthy and mindful way!
MYTH #1: Diet Sodas are Better Than Regular Sodas
Diet sodas are full of artificial sweeteners, artificial flavor, and artificial everything really. Switching to any ‘diet’ alternative of your favorite soda is actually doing you more harm than good. WebMD conducted a study over a period of eight years and concluded, “There was a 41% increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day.”
MYTH #2: All Big Bellies are Just Fat
Before you hit the gym and do 100s of painful crunches, take a minute to do some detective work on the source of your unwanted bloat. Fluid retention, gas, irregularity, and food allergies are just some of the culprits of a bloated belly.
Funnily enough, our bodies retain fluids when we are dehydrated. This is a case where you should fight fire with fire - try drinking 8 glasses of water a day for a week. Probiotic-rich foods can help relieve constipation, irregularity and gas, or a simple diet adjustment might do the trick.
MYTH #3: All Fat is Bad Fat
Just like there are good guys and bad guys in action films, there are good fats and bad fats in your kitchen. Your body needs the healthy fat found in nuts, avocados, and omega-3s, to name a few, to control your weight.
Eating bad fats (AKA trans fats) such as fried foods, pre-mixed products and anything with “partially hydrogenated” on the label can wreak havoc to your body and immune system, making it nearly impossible to lose unwanted weight.
MYTH #4: Carbs Are The Enemy
Your body absolutely needs carbs to thrive. But just like fats, there are good and bad carbs. Complex carbohydrates found in green vegetables, whole grains (oatmeal, pasta and whole-grain breads), and legumes are the kinds you want to include in your diet. They often contain fiber and many vitamins and minerals, making them a great source of long-lasting energy - the opposite of the “quick fix” found in simple carbs.
Simple carbohydrates found in white rice, refined sugar, sodas and candy are what you should avoid.
MYTH #5: Fat-burning Exercises Will Burn Fat
This myth is partially true and partially false. Of course, a high-intensity cardio workout is one of the most effective ways to drop unwanted pounds, but it must encompass the full body. In order to get the most out of a fat-burning exercise, it is vital to reduce the total body fat percentage.
Need something low-impact? Try the plank pose and enjoy the total body benefits!
MYTH #6: Counting Calories Leads to Weight Loss
This one may be a shocker as it is one of the most common, yet misused, methods of weight loss instruction by professionals. What these health authorities do not take into account is the fact that everyone is different and processes food differently.
It is now widely accepted that quality and quantity are equally important for weight loss. Eating foods that benefit your subtle body and aid in boosting energy is a great alternative to painfully counting calories.
MYTH #7: Diet & Exercise Are The Only Ways to Lose Weight
While diet and exercise undoubtedly play incredibly important roles in weight loss, there are other major factors to consider as well. Healthy and consistent sleeping habits, managing stress, and maintaining a healthy mental state are also equally important. If you are sleep deprived and going through your day in a zombie state, then you are more likely to experience weight gain than someone who gets adequate sleep.
Have you busted any myths?