There are a lot of myths about weight/fat loss out there. These are just the few that I see the most often. They’re also the ones that do the most damage. Holding onto these myths will only keep you running in circles. I’ve pretty much heard it all when it comes to weight/fat loss myths. So many people wonder why they can’t lose weight. It kills me because I know that most of the time their trouble can be traced back to one of these 4 myths….
1. You Have to Eat “Low-Fat”
Going no fat or low fat was a huge trend back in the ’90s, a fad that we are glad has mostly passed. Because everyone thought that fat was the root of all evil, all kinds of low-fat junk foods flooded the market.These foods are loaded with refined carbs, sugar and HFCS and as a result, they end up causing weight gain. Also of importance is that we’ve since learned that eating healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, and nuts can actually help to increase metabolism and can burn away fat. Healthy fats also fill you up longer, so go ahead and add nuts to your smoothie, avocado to your soup, or roast your veggies in olive oil.
2. You Can’t Eat Before Bed
If you’ve heard that you shouldn’t eat past 6, 7, or 8 p.m. in order to lose weight, that’s just not true. Food eaten at night doesn’t automatically get stored as fat as previously believed. What time you stop eating has nothing to do with how much weight you’ll gain or lose — it’s the total calories you consume in a day that matters. If you are a late-night snacker, opt for healthier options that are easy to digest.
3. You Can “Out Train” a Bad Diet
I can’t count how many times I’ve heard someone tell me that they’re going to start exercising so that they don’t have to diet. The goal is to burn off those extra calories and then some. It seems like a great idea. You can have your cake and eat it too. You get to keep eating whatever you want and yet still lose weight because you’re busting your butt in the gym.
Unfortunately, this isn’t really how it works. You would have to exercise for HOURS everyday to lose weight while still overeating. It’s just not realistic. From my experience, healthy weight loss is about 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent exercise.
So while exercise is important to maintain your metabolism and build lean, calorie-burning muscle, exercise alone won’t do it. But make sure you don’t cut your calories too low though because that would also be bad. I don’t recommend dropping your calories below 1200. Anything less than that is unhealthy and could kill your metabolism even if you’re working out.
4. You Have to Feel Hungry to Lose Weight
I know that a lot of people dread starting a new diet because they KNOW that they’re going to feel hungry all the time. If that’s the case, you’re doing it wrong. Fat loss isn’t about feeling hungry all the time. In fact, feeling constantly hungry will most likely lead to your diet failing. That’s one reason no one has ever found long term success doing one of those starvation crash-diets. Feeling overly-hungry leads to overeating and snacking. No matter how hard you try to resist, in the end, hunger always wins.
I know you know what I’m talking about. Hunger isn’t a sign of success when trying to lose weight. Hunger is actually the thing that’s keeping you from finding weight loss success!