10 Misconceptions That Might Be Hindering Your Weight Loss
If 2016 was the year you were meant to lose weight but failed to do so, it might be because you were subscribing to certain common misconceptions about weight loss.
The whole world is focused right now on health, fitness and diet. It seems that everyone has an opinion on what you need to do to lose weight. But how often is the popular opinion right? Sometimes, it’s just plain wrong.
The problem is that we are facing an overload of information. And with so much information swirling around, contradictions are inevitable. While one “expert” is telling you to do a certain something, another is telling you to do the total opposite.
But often there are a few certain pieces of advice that everyone seems to agree on. If you’ve been putting into practice these pieces of advice but still can’t shift the pounds, it may be that the advice – no matter how popular – is wide of the mark.
Let’s take a look at 10 misconceptions that might be hindering your weight loss.
All Calories Are Basically The Same
Calories are units of measurement, but does that automatically mean that all caloric sources have the same impact on weight? Absolutely not.
Every single food that you eat, from avocados to eggs, has its own individual metabolic pathway that is unique. As such, the way an avocado interacts with your hormones and hunger is different from the way eggs interact with your hormones and hunger.
Protein calories act differently to both carb and fat calories. They all act and respond differently to each other.
To illustrate the point, look at it like this: When you switch carb and fat calories with protein ones, your appetite will go down and you’ll have less cravings.
Calories are not equal – it DOES matter what you eat.
All Fruit Is Amazing And Should Be Eaten With Reckless Abandon
Fruit is good, but there are some fruits that can hinder your weight loss goals, such as sweet ones like pineapple, bananas and mango.
If You Exercise Loads, You Can Stuff Your Face
You probably hear it and see it all the time: Girls who stuff their faces and then say they’ve gotta burn it all off at the gym the next day.
This is just a vicious cycle that doesn’t really get you anywhere. It would be nice if we can gorge and then burn of all those calories on the treadmill, but most of us don’t exercise enough to get the right results.
A good idea is to eat 200 calories less each day and burn an extra 200 per day.
Don’t Eat At Night
We all have a friend who tells us they don’t eat at night.
“If I eat at night I’ll go fat! Do you want me to go fat? Is that what you want?”
It’s actually scary how people will insist on not eating beyond 7PM. But why? There is no reason not to!
Eating beyond the early evening will not help you to lose weight. In fact, it’s actually really healthy to keep eating until, say, 30 minutes before bedtime. Nutrients absorbed by your body just before you go to sleep are used to improve your metabolism and repair your body.
You Can’t Eat Fats – They’ll Make You Fat!
Okay, I know that it sounds as though fats will make you fat (the clue is kinda in the name, after all). But if you want good health, you need to consume fats – the right fats.
There are good and bad fats, and the good ones are called mono-saturated fats, which you will find in plant foods and oils.
You Can Eat As Much Healthy Food As You Want
Afraid not. Just because something is healthy and good for you, it doesn’t mean that you’ve got the go-ahead to eat it excessively. There should be limits, even to the good stuff – except greens, of course. You can eat ALL the spinach you want!! Yay!!
You Should Be Able To Lose Weight Super Fast
Lots of people get discouraged when they haven’t seen the results they wanted after 2-3 weeks. After all that effort, they thought they’d be skinny by now. It hasn’t happened, so what do they do? Some throw in the towel altogether and give up.
This is the wrong attitude to have, because we’re letting a false premise make us feel bad. It isn’t possibly to lose a good amount of weight quickly. It just isn’t. Weight loss is largely incremental, and it takes time to get to your desired weight.
If you do blitz the weight loss, you’re actually putting your body in danger. Set a long-term goal, and work slowly but productively towards it.
Once You’ve Reached Your Weight Loss Goals, You Can Take It Easy
Once you’ve reached your weight loss goals, you can take it a bit easier than you have been doing recently. But to say that you can take it easy and treat yourself to some cakes and junk food again is just plain folly.
It’s not inevitable that you will gain back the weight you’ve lost – if you do the right things, that is. It’s super important that you keep focused now that you’ve lost weight, because if you don’t, it will come back.
What Worked For My Friend Will Work For Me
Let’s say that you’ve got a friend who’s done amazingly well to lose weight recently. She lost twenty pounds over a few months and now looks amazing. Even better, she’s ready to share with you all her secrets.
Only, despite all your best efforts, her methods aren’t working for you. You’ve not lost a thing and yet you’re exhausted from all the hard work!
There is no one-size fits all. There is no magic bullet when it comes to weight loss. The exercise and diet that worked amazingly is not guaranteed to work for you. Yes, it’s frustrating. But freeing yourself from this misconception means you can then find the plan that works best for you.
Sleep Is For Weak People
No, sleep is for people who want to get healthy by losing weight.
Sleep is important for losing fat. The less sleep you get, the less weight you’ll lose. It’s basic math.
Stay happy and healthy!