For so many years now, people have been made to believe that in order to get in better shape, you would have to lead a very restrictive lifestyle. Ironically, diets that promote the idea of skipping meals and excluding certain foods, can steer you to further health complications instead of making your situation any better.
The key here is moderation. Professional athletes and health experts do have their fair share of tasty indulgence. The reason why they’re able to remain at peak is in cultivating a better management of meals and training system.
Here’s debunked myths to put away the misery of getting in shape and achieving better health.
Myth 1: A fruit or vegetable-only diet can help me lose weight
Fact: While such low calorie based diet can help you lose weight rapidly, It won’t be good for you in the long run. Reason being, our body needs a variety of basic requirements and sticking to such diets will result in an abundance and affect your overall well-being sooner or later.
Myth 2: I will lose weight if I only eat one meal a day
Fact: Our body needs a regular surplus of nutrients and glucose throughout the day. This will only result in higher cravings for high-calorie junk food at moments where you start feeling hungry. Skipping meals may also lower your metabolic rate, which can cause weight gain when you revert back to days of eating normally. Instead, try to control your meal portion sizes. This way, you will not only allow your body to have a steady supply of nutrients, but also prevents any sort of insulin spike.
Myth 3: I should cut out carbohydrates in my diet to lose weight
Fact: Losing weight is a question of what you take in and what you exert out throughout your day. Basically, excess in calories no matter what form (protein, fat, carbohydrate) will be stored away as body fat. Moreover, carbohydrates plays a vital role in fueling the body and preventing major diseases. Diet plans that urge you to have zero carbs makes no sense!
Myth 4: Desserts is a must to avoid in order to lose weight
Fact: Again, it is about having everything in moderation and not consuming excessive calories. Treating yourself to a dessert once in awhile will not make you fat and can satisfy your sweet tooth. This is to avoid deprivation which will make you want to eat more than what you originally crave for.
Myth 5: Eating at night will make me gain weight
Fact: Most people think that eating at night will especially make you gain weight. The reason that we are told not to frequently have meals at night is because for most of us, night time is our least active period and it also signifies the end of the day whereby most of us might have clocked our maximum calorie intake. You can eat at night by considering the calories you have taken in throughout the day and not having excess during your night bite.
Myth 6: Certain foods can help you burn fat
Fact: No food can burn fat for you. However, you can always consider foods that have lower calories and make you fuller at the same time. Such foods include vegetable and lean meat, which is high in fiber and protein respectively, and make you feel fuller.
Fact 1: Every physical activity counts!
Weight loss is a matter of burning calories. While simple things like brisk walking and climbing the stairs won’t improve your aerobic fitness, it certainly plays a part in burning some calories.
Fact 2: Calories can be burned without passing the 15 minutes mark
We were all told at one point of time that you MUST do cardio pass the 15 minutes mark before the body even starts burning calories. False. If you can find a way to do an intense 5 minutes work out, you will still burn calories…which brings to the next point:
Fact 3: Both aerobic and anaerobic exercises can help you lose weight
People get demoralized at the thought of running long hours in order to lose weight. What if we told you that you can opt for activities that you would love doing and still burn as much calories? That’s right, longer and more casual activities (aerobic) like playing your favorite outdoor sports, cycling and jogging can help you lose weight. Alternatively, vigorous and shorter duration of activities (anaerobic) like weight lifting and HIIT training can also help you lose the same amount of weight.
As long as you stay active and have everything in moderation, you will be well on your way to better health and shape. Weight management shouldn’t be seen as a temporary regime but a lifestyle with positive tweaks to it.