7 weight loss myths you need to stop believing
Set on shedding a few extra pounds? Desperate to ditch body fat? Whatever your goal, it’s easy to get sucked into the usual weight loss lies that seems to resurface during the post-Christmas health kick or summer holiday season. Wise up and give these common weight loss myths a miss if you’re set on making progress!
1) “Carbs are NOT your friend!”
Just cos you want to lose a lil body fat does not mean you need to shun carbs from your life. In fact, carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet. As well as being your body’s main source of energy, they taste bloody amazing (bread, pasta, potatoes – need we say more?)! The main point to consider here are the types of carbs you’re consuming. Go for complex or non-impact carbs where possible – foods such as wholegrain bread and pasta, beans, legumes, oats and veggies are perfect as, unlike simple or impact, often processed carbs, they won’t cause your blood sugar levels to rise. Intrigued? Find out more about carbs and which are best to fill up on here.
2) “Eating late at night will make you fat”
Word on the street says eating past 6pm can cause you to gain weight. Again, this is a lie. It all comes down to what you’re eating. So, smashing a Big Mac before 6pm is just the same as devouring it after dark. The bottom line is pretty much always the same: calories in vs calories out. This is the deciding factor as to whether you lose weight or not, not whether you’re pigging out during the day or snuggled up with your snacks in the depths of your duvet.
3) “You can eat whatever you like as long as you exercise”
Be logical. An hour in the gym is not going to undo a day of gorging on junk food. The reality is: you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. You can run on that treadmill as fast as you like but your bad food habits will soon catch up with you! Not only is a healthy diet essential for weight loss but, if you’re training too, your body needs nutritious food that will support and fuel your body as it works out, whether you’re lifting weights, smashing out a HIIT circuit or simply walking the dogs.
4) “I’m going gluten-free/vegan/'insert other diet here', so I’ll definitely lose weight, right?”
Wrong. Many of us are eating more consciously nowadays. If you’re not cutting back on your red meat consumption, then you’ve probably dabbled in a gluten-free diet or maybe you’ve taken the plunge and gone full-on vegan! Whatever your dietary choices, try not to take on a new diet simply to lose weight. In order to lose weight, your body requires a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet. And, as mentioned before, it all comes down to calories in vs calories out, so just because you’re giving up gluten or going for the vegan option doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll drop the pounds.
5) “Eating ‘fat’ surely just makes you fat?!”
Just like carbs, fat is often vilified. Because, why on earth would you touch foods full of fat if you’re trying to lose fat?! Did you know, there’s such thing as ‘healthy fats’. Saturated fats, on the other hand, are the bad guys you should be avoiding. But foods high in unsaturated fats, such as avocados, olive oil and nuts, are a great addition to your diet, offering numerous benefits from cell growth and providing energy to the body.
6) “Cardio is the only way to lose weight.”
Like most of us, you’ve probably spent hours on the treadmill, desperate to slim down ahead of that big holiday, the wedding of the year or simply to squeeze back into your fave pair of jeans. But, did you know that weights can be just as effective for burning fat as cardio?! At face value, cardio definitely burns more calories than weight training however, you’re still moving your body and expending energy when you’re lifting weight so, yes, you’re still burning calories. Unlike cardio, weightlifting offers so many other benefits, from improved posture and stronger bones to a toned physique. If you’re a fan of both, why not combine the two? Throw a kettlebell or some light dumbbells into your HIIT session for a double-whammy burn!
7) “You MUST eat breakfast if you want to lose weight.”
Now, we’re not against a good spot of breakfast. Hailed as ‘the most important meal of the day’, diet experts often rave about how skipping your first meal of the day could do serious damage when it comes to losing weight. But, that’s not entirely true. While eating first thing may curb your appetite and stop unnecessary snacking throughout the day, whether you lose weight or not still comes down to the total amount of calories you’ve consumed vs how many you’ve burnt.
Now you’re all clued up on fat-loss fibs, why not have a read of the 4 fitness tips you should ignore over on our blog!
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