Today we are going to go through some common beliefs, mis-beliefs and everything in between so that you know the facts on what you should do to lose weight.
If you want to lose weight, you can’t eat after 7pm. FALSE
A lot of people think that not eating after a certain time is the key to losing weight, but this is not a fact.
You will automatically get fatter by eating after a certain time especially if you are eating natural foods that are high in fiber, protein and healthy fats. It is possible that by eating healthy foods even later at night might help you to lose weight and control blood sugars better.
You have to do cardio for long periods of time such as running: FALSE
Many people think that you have to exercise for long periods of time to lose the most bodyfat. One of the best ways to actually burn fat is high intensity exercises.
Exercises such as kettlebell swings, sprints, speed squats are better for fat loss due to their greater fat loss potential.
To lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you consume: TRUE
It is true that in the end you do have to consume less calories to put yourself into a calorie deficit and lose weight.
However, the types of foods you eat influence your weight loss more so than just eating less calories. Finding the right balance of healthy foods combined with consistent exercise is going to give you best chance to lose weight.
It is harder for you to lose weight when you get older. TRUE
As our bodies age our ability to lose fat does become more difficult. This is due to hormonal changes and metabolic changes that can cause an increase in fat storage.
A big contributor to this is that as we age our lifestyle becomes more sedentary and stessors tend to trigger bad eating habits.
It is still possible to lose weight, but understand that consistency becomes a bigger component along with being more disciplined with what we eat and how active we are.
Sugar free foods are best for weight loss. FALSE
Hopefully you know by now that sugar free foods doesn’t give you the green light to eat as much as you want. Some studies have shown that people who consistently eat sugar free foods can actually lead to weight gain.
This is because of the artificial sweeteners that they contain. It can actually lead to you craving more sweet foods that of course increases caloric intake.
Counting calories will help you lose weight and keep it off. FALSE
It is important that you balance your calories to achieve weight loss, but physical counting calories doesn’t work for most people. It can put more stress the already stressful situation of trying to lose weight which can lead to larger weight problems down the road.
It is called cognitive dietary restraint. When people put their body through the stress of counting every calorie and weighing every food portion can cause damage to your normal hormonal balance and metabolism.
The better approach is to make lifestyle changes with healthy food options and you will find that won’t need to count calories at that point.
You can’t gain muscle while losing fat. FALSE
Scientists have concluded that you can lose fat and still build muscle based off of a 12 week weight loss study. The key is to burn body fat while including strength training exercises to maintain and build muscle.
Eating a diet rich in lean protein, essential fats and healthy carbs provides your body the nutrients to build muscle, but also shed excess body fat.
Take these 7 truths and apply them to your lifestyle and you will find that weight loss becomes much simpler and more effective.
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