Let’s get real: Weight loss is challenging.
Between pills promising to help us shed those last 10 pounds and crash diets claiming to transform our bodies in two weeks or less, it’s hard to decipher what’s real and what’s not.
We’re here to clear up any myths you might believe about weight loss and help you get on track to reaching your weight-loss goals.
I can eat anything if I exercise regularly
Wrong! Filling your body with whatever you please whenever you please isn’t doing you any good. Your workout routine won’t be able to catch up to the amount of calories you’re eating. Focus on fuelling your body with nourishing foods, and indulge only occasionally.
Fat-free means it’s good for me
It seems like everything comes in a “fat-free” option these days, but don’t be fooled. These items are usually packed with added sugars and might contain as many calories — or more! — as their regular alternatives. Be wary of foods labelled as “light” too, as this sometimes refers to the taste of an item rather than having anything to do with its caloric information.
Gluten-free will make me skinny
Many people have jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon with the hope of losing weight, but if you haven’t actually been medically diagnosed as needing to follow a gluten-free diet, don’t. Gluten-free products are processed foods and don’t help with weight loss, as many of them contain more calories, sugar and fat than their non-gluten counterparts. Opt for foods that are naturally gluten-free rather than processed gluten-free foods when trying to lose weight.
No more snacking
Snacking might seem like a sin when it comes to weight loss, but it doesn’t have to be. Just be sure to snack wisely. Instead of munching on chocolate and high-calorie beverages throughout the day, fuel your body with fruits and vegetables instead. Moderation is key, so technically you’re still allowed to have your favourite cookie once in a while. Just don’t devour the whole box in one sitting.
Starving myself will make me skinny
Not true. Sure, you might lose a few pounds at the start, but it won’t benefit your body in the long term. Crash diets are difficult to maintain, as your body’s instinct is to fight them, causing you to crave high-fat and high-sugar foods. Rather than starving, remember to drink lots of water, prepare healthy meals in advance and get plenty of exercise to meet your weight-loss goals.