When you try to find on the internet tips for losing weight, you’ll probably read contradictory information that will confuse you about which are the right eating habits for weight loss.
People follow some old knowledge for weight loss that actually causes more weight gain. When you decide to follow a healthy habit you should make sure that it is supported by medical people whose advice you need to listen.
We present you with eight myths of healthy eating and weight loss habits that might do the opposite, cause you to gain weight. Before making changes in your diet, please read the following weight loss myths spread among the people.
If you consume a lot of food you won’t be able to lose weight, naturally. This means that cutting calories has its positive sides but it should be your main preoccupation. The fact that you count your calories does not mean you get to consume anything you like.
The main issue here is that some people who count calories fill them with unhealthy junk food. Snacks sold with “low-calories” such as granola bar, or energy bar, are not as beneficial as they claim them to be as they are processed.
Pay more attention to the food you eat, make sure it’s natural and healthy, instead of only counting the calories.
Tip: All types of fruits and vegetables are healthy and have low calories and you can consume as much as you like.
Eating low fat foods
Don’t ever believe that foods labeled with “low fat”, “reduced fat” or “fat free” are really low caloric and that will help you lose weight.
It was discovered in a recent research that 10 % of those diet foods contain the same amount or even more calories than regular food, also, 40% of them contained more sugar.
When the fat is removed the product, food companies use more sugar, salt, and other additives (which are actually a lot more harmful than the fat) so the food has better taste.
It was also discovered that “low fat” foods cause people (especially overweight people) to eat too much. Obviously, that can’t help your purpose of losing weight.
Eating a high-protein diet
Consuming meat for dinner can’t be helpful in any way as your metabolism slows down at night. So, high protein diet is not as helpful as you think.
If you eat the wrong food at night, you organism will store it away as fat that will be hard to burn.
Avoid eating these foods and you’ll feel better and lighter in the morning.
This is a very spread habit for losing weight. Low-carb diet aids in losing weight but if you practice it for a long period it can harm your health.
Avoiding carbs means avoiding essential prebiotics (food for your gut flora) including soluble fiber and resistant starch.
Your body needs these prebiotics for inducing the growth of healthy gut flora. If you don’t have them, your healthy flora won’t be able to produce the required amount of gut-healing substances and your microbiome composition might take the wrong direction.
If your gut is healthy, you are healthy too. Unhealthy gut is the cause for obesity, diabetes, digestive illness, autoimmune illness, skin issues and many other conditions. Go for the beneficial carbs that fruits and veggies contain.
This depends on the snack you want to eat. Many nutritionists advise us to consume a few snacks during the day, or five to six small meals. This speeds up your metabolism and you lose weight easier.
Salad is healthy
Salads are not healthy when you add harmful fats as dressings or processed meat, they then become harmful.
Healthy salad means no mayonnaise, thousand islands and similar products. A healthy dressing can be made of balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and a bit of honey if you don’t mind it. Make salad only of healthy ingredients such as dark, leafy greens and fruit. Your salad should be fresh and healthy.
Many people think that they must avoid fat. What they don’t know is that there’s healthy and unhealthy fat. 20% of your daily calories should belong to fat.
These are the unhealthy fats:
Vegetable cooking oil
Hydrogenated fats (pay attention to the labels)
Baked goods (cookies, pastries, cakes)
Processed snacks (chips, crackers etc.)
Healthy fats that aid weight loss are:
Saturated fats (YES!)
Coconut oil (use it for cooking)
Extra virgin olive oil (not for cooking)
Nuts and seeds
Working out while hungry
There are people who think that skipping a meal before exercising will help them burn more fat. You shouldn’t do this as your body needs fuel in order to work out properly.
One glass of green juice can give you feeling of fullness and you will also have energy for the workout and continue burn fats during sleep.
If you can’t seem to lose weight make sure you avoid the abovementioned weight loss myths. You can’t get super thin overnight. Eat healthy diet and be patient.
You don’t have to change your whole diet, just combine some exercise with healthy meals.