One of the most popular goals for New Year’s, or any time of the year, is to lose weight and get more fit. Everyone has their own ideas on how to go about this, but that’s okay because weight loss can work differently for everyone depending on their health and physical history.
There are a few myths out there that push really unhealthy ideas on people who want to lose weight. They can actually inhibit you from losing the weight you desire to be rid of. Let’s go over some of those myths and debunk them.
Not true, if you are hungry then you are not eating enough. If you don’t eat enough calories, your body doesn’t have enough to run on, and it can make you feel fatigued. This will not convince your body to lose weight; in fact, it will convince it to store it.
A reduction in calories can in fact help, especially if you are prone to overeating, but it’s really more about what the calories are from. Healthy calories are a lot better than unhealthy, which means you want to divide up your carbs, fats, and proteins evenly. Eating better is more important than eating less.
Not so fast, again it isn’t about eating less or limiting what you eat. A diet overhaul can be too much for many people to handle so focus on replacing what you eat with healthier alternatives.
It doesn’t have to! Don’t focus on losing weight too much. It’s unhealthy. Just start incorporating exercise here and there and monitor yourself. There’s no reason losing weight should control your life.
Working out more isn’t going to help you lose weight. In fact, more rigorous exercise can help you build weight which is heavier than fat. If you work out too much, your scale might not even change. Besides, even adding as little as 30 minutes of biking or walking a day can show a huge improvement over time.
If your diet is unhealthy, it doesn’t matter how much you work out. Your body is still not getting the nutrients it really needs. The calories you burn off won’t be the ones you want, and you might just end up breaking even.