Popular Misconceptions About Weight Loss

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One common misconception amongst the public is that to lose weight we somehow need to start living like a monk when it comes to food. A rigid diet plan is in all actuality probably going to do you more harm than good. This is because sticking to overly rigid diet regimes, based on deprivation, can result in boredom, depression and most sad of all people giving up on the idea of healthy living being a viable lifestyle choice.

A little of what you like is not going to cause any lasting damage. The important thing is to maintain a healthy diet, it is important to eat a variety of foods every day from the five basic food groups (dairy products, meat, wholemeal bread and cereals, fruit and veggies, mono and poly-saturated fat) and drink lots of water. Make a point to include an extra healthy fruit or piece of veg each day.

Amongst the public there is another misconception that healthy food is more expensive than reformed favourites such as frozen chicken nuggets, burgers etc. The fact is that recent studies by consumer groups have pointed out that cooking from scratch is not only healthier but also cheaper overall. Along with supermarkets, green grocers and fruit and veg stalls offer exceptional value for money when it comes to bulk purchases.

Shop smart if you are with a friend why not team up to take advantage of bulk purchasing. Fruit and veg can also be found cheaper when bought in tins and it will still contain the same excellent nutrients and crucially little in the way of fat as its fresh off the shelf.

Does exercise have to be difficult or boring? No is the short answer. Do something fun. Exercising doesn’t have to be running around a track until you can’t breathe anymore. Dancing is exercise, walking in nature is exercise, jumping on a trampoline is exercise, as is tennis, yoga, etc. Find a sport that you enjoy, and reaching your goals will become easy and fun.

In essence then Mix it up. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when you’re beginning a new workout routine. In order to keep things interesting and maintain your motivation, consider a few exercises or sports you enjoy. This can make it easier on your body too. For example, if you’re running two or three times a week, consider walking or riding your bike on the other days. Maybe add yoga to keep your muscles flexible.

For many people looking to lose weight, being deprived of the amounts of sugary snacks they were once used to, takes away one of the main methods people choose to reward themselves.

Thanks to our childhoods most of us have become used to thinking of sweet, calorie rich snacks as a reward for good behaviour. Adults often offer children sugary bribes in exchange for a good deed. The thing is that now you are fully grown up it’s perhaps time to find alternative rewards.

Make a list of non food rewards to be dealt out upon completion of important weightloss milestones. Dropped your first two pounds? Treat yourself to a luxurious bath. Waistline beginning to shrink? Plan a beach trip with the new beach wear that you now fit into. No reward is too silly. If video games or amusement parks are your cup of tea, indulge yourself. As long as excessive consumption of chocolate and battered mars bars aren’t involved, then push the boat out.

Amongst many people looking to lose weight there is the notion that starving the body or ‘crash dieting’ is a sure fire way to lose weight effectively.

Crash diets are very unlikely to result in any kind of long term weightloss. The reverse is true, in that they can sometimes lead to longer term weight gain. The main problem is that this type of diet is too hard to maintain. Your body will be low on energy, causing you to crave high fat and high sugar foods. When you finally give in and eat those foods, you will often eat more calories than you need, resulting in weight gain.

Starving your body is not the answer. The key comes from self discipline and successful management of what you are choosing to put into it.

Recent times have seen the development of weight loss or slimming pills.

The internet is awash with lots and lots of different weight loss pills being sold by manufactures who claim that their products act as “magic bullets”

Sadly this is not quite true. Slimming pills alone will not help you keep the weight off long term. They should only be used when prescribed to you by a doctor.

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