A radical workout routine and radical change of diet is the only way to lose weight
Most people who get obsessed with the idea of losing weight, think radical is the way to go to achieve the results i.e., Cutting off sugar and wheat completely, juicing, or living on smoothies while working out 2hrs every day. As this radical approach may work, it has side effects e.g., low energy levels and loss of muscle mass and it is not sustainable, once you go back to your normal routine, chances of gaining the weight back are very high.
Successful weight loss involves making small changes that you can stick to for a long time. That means being more physically active in your daily routines such as fast walking or cycling – every week, and those who are overweight are likely to need more than this to lose weight. When it comes to meals, reduce the intake of processed foods, fatty foods, refined sugar and control your meal portions and ensure all your meals are balanced.
You need to burn more calories than you consume. This can be achieved by eating less, moving more, or, best of all, a combination of both.
Healthier foods are expensive
When you talk of eating more healthier foods, someone assumes you’re speaking of eating chicken, fish, turkey, broccoli, among other foods considered expensive on a daily basis. What they actually don’t know is you can adopt a healthy eating habit by food readily available at your local vendors such as spinach, Sukuma wiki, cabbage, French beans, and peas and you don’t need to eat fish/chicken/turkey only to source for proteins as there are other foods you can incorporate to avoid digging deep in your pockets to buy the proteins considered expensive such as lentils, green grams, beans, and eggs.
Carbs make you gain weight
Eaten in the right quantities as part of a balanced diet cannot lead to weight gain. However, when eaten in excess and containing butter and cooking creamy can lead to weight gain.
Carbs are a good source of energy so they should not be eliminated from your diet in the quest to lose weight.
Starvation is the best way to lose weight
This may not only be false but can cause low energy levels, missing out on essential nutrients, and loss of muscle mass.
To understand more on this, read my article here about starvation and weight loss.
Losing weight is a linear process
Some people believe that losing weight is a linear process.
You may lose weight on some days and weeks while gaining weight on others.
This isn’t something to be concerned about. It’s natural for your body weight to fluctuate by a few pounds.
You may, for example, be transporting more food or retaining more water than usual in your digestive tract.
Water weight fluctuates dramatically during the menstrual cycle; therefore, this is even more pronounced in women.
You will lose weight in the long run as long as the general trend is downward, no matter how much it swings.
Slimming pills and teas are safe and effective for weight loss
This is famous for flat tummy pursuers. The assumption people who take pills make is that our bodies are like a computer, if you take the pill, it knows exactly what section of the body to attack and burn the fat.
These pills can contain substances that may be harmful to your health in the long run.
Drinking water can make you lose weight
Drinking water and staying hydrated as part of your balanced diet supports your weight loss.
Read my article here to learn more about water intake.
Eating after 8 pm makes you gain weight
The time you eat has nothing to do with gaining weight. Eating late won’t make you gain weight if you don’t consume more than your daily calorie allowance.
During the day, most people are more likely to be physically active. Instead of sitting or sleeping late at night, eating early may allow you to utilize more of the calories you consume to fuel your physical activity.
Eating dinner early can also assist your body in effectively digesting your food. This will help you avoid indigestion before going to bed. It may also assist you in getting a better night’s sleep.