Dispelling Myths That Have Kept Us From Shedding Excess Weight


Here’s the thing, every woman is looking to get fit and healthy; they dream of those toned bodies, slipping into that skimpy bikini, and turning heads with every step as they walk along the beach. And… every woman’s magazine has a promise that they have discovered the perfect exercise routine to make all these dreams come true. They promise to tone your body, tighten your muscles, tuck in that flab, and blast all that belly fat away.

These can be done through exercises and super-foods, and some even promise to meditate all your blues away. The problem with all of these is that most of them are just hype. Those magazines are trying to market a product or a service. Their only interest in your goals is how to attract you to spend more money with them. So, if you’re on a campaign to fight the battle of the bulge, you have to get smart about your approach. Instead of being attracted to so many contradicting theories about the best way to shed pounds you need to first dispel all of the myths so that you can get to the real solution to your problem. According to WebMD,

It’s a great rule of thumb to be suspicious of quick and easy weight loss solutions…. While you may want a magic bullet more than anything, fad and gimmicks can actually do more harm than good when it comes to losing and maintaining your weight.

So, let’s dispel a couple of those myths so you never have to worry about falling for those ideas again.mixed-nuts

You Have to Starve to Lose Weight

For years, women have been told that they shouldn’t eat between meals. But dieticians have learned that you need to eat to lose weight. Actually, snacking between meals has proven to be very beneficial in helping you to eat less – if you’re not hungry at mealtime you’re less likely to overeat when you do get a chance to sit down to a meal. In fact, the traditional three meals a day is slowly giving way to 5 or 6 smaller meals a day.

So, the real culprit about snack time is not that you eat but rather your choice of snacks to eat. Try to avoid vending machine snacks and instead go for a selection of fruits or vegetables, nuts, and other healthier options.

The Fast Food Dilemma

Most people choose fast food because – it’s fast and it’s what we’re used to. Because we lead such busy lives the idea of planning a meal and preparing it may be out of reach for many. Fast food will continue to be a major part of our lives for a long time. If we are finding it hard to give up on cheeseburgers, French fries, apple pies, and sodas, cheer up because you may not have to give them all up all; however, you should consider a few suggestions.

Start off with a salad so that you won’t want to eat as much when the burger comes. Choose a grilled chicken burger  Burgerover a fried one, and avoid those extra packets of salt. Remember ‘calories in’ should be fewer than ‘calories out.’

Remember that no matter what there will always be schemes and gimmicks coming out every day that will promise to help you lose but more often than not the loss you experience will be a loss of money rather than a loss of weight. Instead, try to take the advice of health professionals for The Better Health Channel,

There are many unhealthy misconceptions about weight loss. There are no magical foods or ways to combine foods that melt away excess body fat. To reduce your weight, you need to make small, achievable changes to your lifestyle. You need to change the way you eat and increase your physical activity.

Keep in mind that no single plan will offer you the perfect solution for your weight loss efforts. Get smart about what works by learning from experts and start working on losing weight rather than losing your dollars.

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Written by Ingrid Macher

Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Motivator - I have a passion for helping people change their lives. I started out helping my friends and now I give advice and tips to perfect strangers who have now become my friends. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change my life even if I could. This kind of happy is truly a gift and I’ll do whatever it takes to be able to give this gift to others.

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