I debunk 5 myths about losing weight and putting you back on the right track. The media is constantly bombarding you with The Next Big Thing in losing weight. Every solution conflicts with the next. All you want to do is shed a few kilo's, but who can you believe? To separate fact from fiction, I've put together a list of five misconceptions about weight loss.
Popping a pill
Using over-the-counter drugs to help you lose weight can be risky. Few have been subjected to long-term studies to determine their effectiveness or safety. Remember that just because a product is billed as being ‘herbal' or ‘natural' this does not mean it is safe. If a product promises to help with weight loss – no matter what you eat – you should be suspicious. Long-term weight loss can only be achieved by long-term healthy living habits. No pill can replace that.
You'll exercise next week
Everyone knows exercise is important for weight loss. And yet, starting an exercise program is something that many dieters will do ‘next week.' Try thinking activity, instead of exercise. Build more activity into your daily routine as a starting point. Park at the far end of the car park and walk to the mall. Hang your washing on the line instead of using the tumble drier, and mop the floor tiles with added vigor. Setting small exercise targets, adding ten minutes of activity three times a day, will be beneficial.
Weighting yourself, and taking action
Monitoring your body weight and acting on the result is associated with long-term weight loss and weight maintenance. Stopping the kilograms creeping on through long-term healthy habits is better than yo-yo dieting.
Hitting the salad bar
Eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruit every day is a sign of someone who is on the road to long-term good health. These foods should be part of your eating plan on a permanent basis. Don't rely on juice for your fruit or vegetable serves – you'll miss out on fibre if you do. These foods help fill you up when you eat smaller portions of proteins and complex carbohydrates, a must for those watching their weight.
Beans, lentils, peas and soya
Long regarded as a standby when the food budget is blown, or something to serve when your vegetarian cousin visits. Eating at least four serves a week of these foods will provide you with excellent quantities of fibre and other plant nutrients that help cut the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Use these foods as substitutes for sources of animal protein, and cut your fat intake into the bargain.
Myths about losing weight and truths at a glance:
- Popping a pill – harmful
- Exercise is something you start next week – harmful
- Weighing yourself and taking action – helpful
- Hitting the salad bar – helpful
- Eating beans, peas” lentils and soya – helpful
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