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DEBUNKED: 4 Common Weight Loss Misconceptions

Today, I want to encourage those of you who have been following all the weight loss rules for no return. But first, I want to break the news to you that almost everything you have read, is nonsense. Let’s take a look at some of the most common weight loss misconceptions out there:

1.  Your metabolism slows down as you age. 

That’s not true. As we age, our bodies lose muscle, which determines our resting metabolic rate. Since we need lean muscle to keep our metabolism working fast, we lose muscle mass and gain fat mass. However, the good news is that we can speed up our metabolism through strength training and dietary adjustments.

2. You must eat only healthy foods to lose weight.

While healthy foods (in moderation) are better for your body, it’s really about portion and calorie control. You can enjoy the odd less-healthy snack, provided you manage your physical signals and daily calorie intake. Most fast-food outlets now list their calorie and nutrition counts, making it easier to factor that into an otherwise healthy diet.

3. 6 Small Meals Daily Boost Your Metabolism

It seems to make sense when you think about it, but the truth is that it is really aimed at keeping your blood-sugar levels even, preventing all the nasties that plague us when we try to follow a healthy diet:  crankiness, cravings, low energy and feelings of deprivation.

4. Carbs are Fattening

The confusion of this common myth is caused by the fact that most comfort foods are high in carbs and calories, but carbs are actually an important part of your everyday diet. In fact, you need at least 130 grams of healthy carbs daily to avoid negative effects to your brain and serotonin production. Stick with fruits, whole grains and vegetables.

I hope debunking these common weight loss misconceptions will help you rethink the way you eat, and help you to enjoy your lifestyle more, with fewer restrictions.

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