These misconceptions challenge what you’ve read in the weight loss magazines and on daily talk shows.
1 . Eat Less, Exercise More
While this concept may seem effective, this is not necessarily the best way to lose weight. Being mindful of your calorie intake is essential, however, this does not mean to simply cut that in half. In fact, eating is critical to losing weight as it speeds up your metabolism and gives your body fuel to function properly. Losing weight is more so about what you are eating and not necessarily how much. Of course, too much of anything can be bad, but what’s important is to watch what you are putting into your body. If your goal is to change your lifestyle, then this will not be an effective long-term method and will only provide temporary and stagnant results.
2. Fad Diets Will Work
Those Hollywood diets that promise you to lose 10 pounds in a week may be tempting; however, this is not a long-term solution to losing weight. Most Hollywood fad diets consist of barely eating which result in rapid weight loss. While you may like the fact that your weight has gone down, realize that you mainly lost water weight and have lost little to no fat. The key word in this phrase is “diet.” Diets are typically for a brief moment in time which means they can only give you short-term results. If you want to lose weight and continue a lifelong healthy lifestyle, sporadic fad diets will not leave you with desirable results. In fact, the rules of these fad diets can make you feel sick from the low-calorie intake and lack of nutrients.
3. So-Called “Diet” Snacks Will Help You Lose Weight
Plenty of foods on the shelves market themselves as healthy and claim to aid in weight loss. Although they have lower calories, this doesn’t automatically mean that it is healthier. In fact, these so-called diet foods are generally just as bad as junk food because they are loaded with sugar. Additionally, these diet foods can actually make you gain weight because of how you perceive them. Because they are seemingly healthy, you tend to eat more as you believe it will not do much harm. Keep in mind that these foods are highly processed and will not aid in effective weight loss but may increase your cravings and cause you to even gain more weight.
4. Cardio is the Best Exercise for Weight Loss
For years, we have heard that if we want to lose weight that we must only do high-intensity cardio and the fat will melt away. While cardio is great exercise, it should not be the only exercise you practice for weight loss. Your exercise routine should be a variety of workouts to engage all the muscles in your body. Strength training is key to weight loss because it can help increase your metabolism which then helps you burn more calories. So incorporate strength training in addition to cardio in your workout routine to really work your body and experience more significant results.
5. The Scale is the End All Be All
Sometimes when we first start our weight loss journey, we tend to focus too much on the numbers. Most of us set goals on how much we want to lose and get too caught up in what the scale says. Often times, when we do not see the results on the scale, we assume that what we are doing is not working and may feel discouraged to continue. Don’t focus on what the scale says because if you are exercising correctly, you may not see much of a change in numbers because you are gaining muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, but people often perceive the scale as the sole indicator of success. Instead of looking at the numbers, look at yourself. Analyze how you feel. Do your clothes fit differently? Do you have more energy? Do you just feel better overall? If you are doing right by your body, then do not rely on the scale to confirm the success of your fitness journey.