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Common dieting myths that are keeping you from losing weight.
There are a lot of ways to lose weight, but some of the tips and tricks that are pretty common the internet are just not true, and are probably keeping you from losing weight. It’s difficult to know which of these are true or not without doing tedious research, and I have personally gone through some of these myself to see if they worked or not. Today I want to go over 3 things that you may be doing that are keeping you from losing weight.
Let’s go over some of these together!
Fad #1: Cut all/most fat from your diet.
This is probably the worst advice I’ve ever heard concerning weight loss.
Fat is very necessary to a healthy body! Your brain needs fat to function because a large portion of your brain is fat. Good, healthy fats such as avocado, walnuts, almonds, coconut oil, fish oil, and nut butters are essential to healthy weight loss and a healthy body.
We have another article dedicated to Why you need to be eating Fat, go check that out here to read more on this point. Like I said above, cutting fat from your diet, choosing low-fat or zero-fat versions of things like yogurt and cheese, is not helpful to your body.
The statement “You need to cut fat from your diet.” is just not true.
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Fad #2. Carbs are bad. Avoid completely.
Nope! This might come as a relief, because this myth is also very prevalent in commercials and online articles.
There is a difference between empty carbs (white bread, donuts, cake, sweets) and complex carbs (potatoes, sourdough bread, seed and nut bread, organic whole wheat past and rice). The first category, is carbs that your body doesn’t need and will store as fat. Your body really doesn’t know how to use those unless you haven’t eaten in a long time. Complex carbs your body actually does need! In smaller portions, and at certain times of the day. After a workout especially, your body will use those carbohydrates to create “food” for muscle gains. In other words, choose your carbs wisely, but DO eat them.
Fad #3. Eat a huge breakfast, and basically nothing the rest of the day.
There is an old adage that says “Eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch, and a pauper at supper.” This is an okay piece of info that has been passed down for a long, long time. But is it necessarily good and useful info? I don’t think so. Let’s talk about metabolism for a second.
Your metabolism is basically a little fire. Your fire needs kindling to get started and keep burning. If you put a huge log on the fire to start with, one of two things will happen. The fire will get extinguished. Or the fire will eat the log slowly, and eventually die out. If we put smaller logs and sticks into the fire every couple of hours, the fire will burn hot and continuously, because it has a consistent fuel source. Our metabolism is a little fire that needs small, high quality food to keep burning, and when you eat like this your body has more opportunity to burn fat instead of just working on the huge meal from that morning.
I hope that you found this information useful! Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below, and as always, have a fulfilling and healthy day!
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