Newsflash! Common weight loss myths busted
So, you’re on a diet, are you?
Swopping that coca cola for diet coke, French fries for baked potatoes? Everyone who embarks on a weight loss programme is bound to get a lot of advice from many people. However, how credible is said advice?
We figured it’s time to separate the wheat from the chaff by busting some popular weight loss myths in order to help you live a healthier lifestyle.
Low-calorie sweetners are healthier than sugar
This is probably one of our favourite weight loss myths. Researchers have recently found that consuming high amounts of low-calorie sweetners may stimulate fat formation. Sucralose, a 0-calorie artificial sweetner, is up to 650 times sweeter than sugar.
You could do with skipping a meal or three
Eating less seems like sound advice, doesn’t it? However, if you consume less and less food your body won’t be able to digest the food properly anymore. Result? Your body starts storing every morsel of food your put into your system which subsequently turns into fat.
Restaurants and Fast food have no place in a diet
All meals can be adjusted to a healthier alternative. You can always grill your chicken instead of frying it. Fast food isn’t bad for you if consumed in moderation, your body needs healthy fats.
If you exercise 2+ hours a day, you’ll drop the weight in an instant
Yes, 2 or more hours of exercise per day seems like the way to go, however, if not paired with the right diet you won’t get very far. Most recent studies show that what you eat is more important than the amount you exercise. Want to know another secret? You don’t have to exercise 2 or more hours at a time, a bit of aerobic exercise for 10 minutes each morning is as good a start as any.
Eating healthy costs a lot of money
This is, unfortunately for everyone looking for an excuse, utter nonsense. Changing over to a healthier diet does not mean you know have to spend a fortune on the purest nuts and most organically grown dragon fruits. As mentioned earlier, it’s all about adapting. If you can adapt the way you cook your food, you can adapt ‘what’ you are spending your grocery money on.
Dairy products and meat is bad for you
While meat contains saturated fat, it also contains vital nutrients such as zinc, protein and iron. Same goes for dairy products. Dairy products encourages healthy organ function and strengthens your bones.
Eating late at night helps you gain weight
Night owls, if you have the munchies, you are most welcome to snack on a banana or small yogurt. Consuming food late at night isn’t necessarily bad for you if you keep your snacks healthy and steer clear of those high calorie treats.
As you can gather from these weight loss myths, following a weight-loss program is all about balance and adapting. You needn’t make a radical change in your life to live a healthier lifestyle.
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