Do you picture a relaxing time with a few, small adjustments to your meals and the pounds just melting away?
Or do you envision a stressful few weeks (or months) filled with frustration and “starvation?”
Losing weight is hard enough, but what makes it even harder is the fact that you have to sort through all of the information about health, fitness and weight loss…
Everyone seems to have an opinion about dieting! You hear it on the news, online and from family or friends.
But the question is — who or what do you believe?
There is a lot of great information to be found out there, but there is also a lot of misinformation.
So, to get you started on the right track, I’m clearing up 4 of the most common (and damaging) diet myths that hold you back from achieving your ideal weight.
Truth: Crash diets are deceiving. They seem to help you lose weight, but the truth is…the pounds disappear only in the short term!
When you starve yourself, you lose muscle along with fat, and this can slow down your metabolic rate.
This means that your body will burn fewer calories, and over time, it will become harder and harder for you to lose weight.
Myth #2: Low-Fat Diets are Best for Weight Loss
First, your body needs a certain amount of fat in order to function properly.
Second, low-fat or fat free foods are often high in calories because there’s a ton of filler ingredients and hidden sugars.
It is ultimately the number of calories that you consume that will cause weight gain, NOT the amount of fat.
Myth #3: Carbohydrates Make You Fat
The real problem is eating overly-processed carbohydrates (think white bread, cake, pastries), which offer little nutritional value.
The other problem is portion control.
Carbohydrates are natural fuel for our brains and bodies and there is no need to cut them out of your diet.
Instead, always choose whole grain options and stick with smaller portion sizes.
Myth #4: Diets Mean Deprivation
Truth: Losing weight does not have to be an all-or-nothing situation.
A diet will never be successful if you drastically cut calories, or deprive yourself of all of the things that you enjoy.
Try learning more about healthy food substitutions. You should also increase the amount of fruit and vegetables that you eat, and exercise regularly.
This will create a healthy lifestyle that will allow you to naturally and easily lose any extra pounds.
These dieting truths will certainly help you get closer to your goal weight and if you’d like to speed things up even more, concentrate on increasing your metabolic rate.
Other than eating right and exercising, there IS a simple, safe way to help your body burn through calories at a highly accelerated rate.
This natural, easy method will help raise your metabolism by an incredible 12% in just 24-hours.
Discover the simple secret to boost your metabolism and burn more calories.
About the Author:
Marisa Gedgaudas is interested in all things that can help people to lead happier and healthier lives.
She has a degree in Holistic Health with an emphasis on nutrition, and believes in the philosophy that little changes can ultimately add up to a big difference.
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