Four Myths About Weight Loss You Need To Unlearn Now
Losing weight is tough. With copious amounts of misinformation floating around the web and the media, it’s time we busted some of the worst weight loss myths out there. Check them out below.
1) Eating less will help you lose weight
Many people think as long as they consume fewer calories than they burn, losing weight will be a walk in the park.
If only it were so simple.
This approach may work in the beginning, giving dieters false confidence. As time wears on, though, their body adjusts to their drastically restricted diet by slowing down its rate of metabolism.
Progress often stalls, and soon after, many throw in the towel. Reverting to their old ways, their weight skyrockets, as their bodies aren’t capable of burning fat as quickly as before.
The weight loss industry is posting obscene profits ($245 billion in the most recent year) at a time when obesity has become a public health crisis.
If they told the truth about how mental conditioning, regular exercise, and avoiding processed food constitute the true path to a healthy weight, most of these companies would go bankrupt within a few years.
2) Intense exercise is the only path to weight loss
Shudder at the thought of running on a treadmill for thirty minutes straight? Popular portrayals of weight loss regimens include imagery of back-breaking workouts, discouraging many from getting off the couch.
In their current state, they know their bodies aren’t capable of withstanding a workout of such an intensity, and they are mortified of being judged by gym regulars.
You needn’t hit the ground running when you start – light to moderate physical activity will get you off to a fine start.
The caloric needs of sedentary people are quite low – about 1,800 calories for a 40-year-old woman, and 2,200 for a 40-year-old man. Add daily walks, swimming, and gardening to the mix, though, and the numbers change noticeably – 2,000 calories for women, and 2,600 for men.
Combine this regimen with a well-constructed meal plan, and it won’t be long before you begin to see real results.
3) Eating ‘light’ food is an easy way to shed kilos
Marketing is a powerful force in our lives – appealing to emotion and using other attention-grabbing techniques, it can convince us of something other than what is true.
‘Light’ food products are a prime example of this – introduced back when dietary fat was inaccurately implicated as a driver of obesity, they offered all the flavour of the original version of a product, minus the ‘bad’ stuff.
In order to replace flavour lost due to the removal of fat, light versions of processed foods are stuffed with sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup. The problem with this: this compound and others stimulate the amygdala, causing you to feel hunger pangs only a couple hours after a meal.
Avoid this by consuming whole foods filled with complex carbs, healthy fats, and protein. You’ll feel full long after you’ve eaten, making it easy to avoid snacking between meals.
4) Willpower is enough to keep you from eating fattening foods
Think you’ve just got to get tough on yourself to resist unhealthy food? Don’t – relying on willpower is one of the most ineffective weight loss strategies out there.
Here’s an example: whatever you do, don’t think of a pink elephant. What image just popped into your head? A pink elephant, right?
Similarly, when you tell yourself you can’t have pizza anymore, you inadvertently focus your attention on it. The mind doesn’t process negatives well – ‘can’t’, ‘don’t’, ‘no’, ‘not’ – all of these are ignored, whilst visual cues like ‘pizza’ get seized upon by your subconscious mind.
Rather than attempt to resist an entrenched habit, replace it with a pleasurable but healthy alternative. Figure out what triggers you to order pizza, and when these occur, get the body-friendly option instead.
Mental conditioning can help as well – reach out to us, and we’ll give you the power to tackle your poor eating habits.