5 Weight-loss Myths **BUSTED**

 

When it comes to weight-loss the sheer amount of fake or misleading information online is cruel. It is all about making money for huge companies or even small time personal trainers trying to make a shady bit of cash. I have put together my top 5 weight-loss myths to help you gain the knowledge to make better choices and fewer mistakes for better, quicker results.

1. Eating less will make you less fat.

 

If you have extra body-fat to lose just eating less won’t be enough to get rid of it. Most people think that the scales tell a true story of how we are losing fat, however as you lose weight on the scales it can mostly be water weight and precious muscle mass being lost and not mostly fat. Best to use a measuring tape or how your clothes are fitting as well as the scales (but only use it at most once per week). Remember our bodies fluctuate in weight too, especially woman at that time of the month.

 

You should be looking to optimise health and body composition by eating a balanced and healthy diet of fruits and vegetable with lean meats, eggs and other wholes foods, limiting junk and sugary drinks. Eating enough to be satisfied but not bloated and full as hell is a good habit to get into as well.

 

Try not to restrict yourselves either, doing that only leads to binging and yoyo dieting which is crap. Have your favourite foods in moderation and optimally after hard training sessions or activities.

 

By increasing muscle mass with resistance training and staying generally active you will not only lose the unwanted fat quicker but change your shape to look and feel strong and sexy as hell too.

2. Eating Fat Is Bad For You

 

Luckily the world is starting to realise that the outdated research on fat from the 70s is a load of bull. You see a scientist did a pretty bad experiment a long time ago that resulted in giving fat and cholesterol a bad name. The science was flawed and unfortunately it caught on in the media and people started to steer clear of fat. Then what happened the food product companies saw a gap in the market for low-fat diet products and this started the BILLION-euro fat-free diet food industry, was it on purpose? maybe so.

 

For example, fat-free spreads, low-fat yoghurts, or low-fat milk to name only a few, became normal household food products for most of the population.

 

What’s the problem you might say?

 

Well, fat gives food a nice taste and if it is taken away it needs to be replaced and what tastes great and is very cheap? Sugar, sugar became a key ingredient in most of these fat-free products to make it taste good and become really addictive. We know now that too much sugar is bad for us and causes serious diseases like type 2 diabetes and obesity, among other health problems.

 

Unfortunately, the food industries know people are catching on with the bad effects of sugar in our diets and children’s diets. So, now they use taste enhancers or chemically enhanced sugar or sugars with different names, for example, aspartame, fructose, maltodextrin and sucrose to name just a few, sneaking the sugar into food products. They will try and get away with whatever is just about legal.

 

Let’s not forget the health benefits of fat, a staple healthy necessary macronutrient (large main nutrient) in every person’s diet. Naturally occurring fat in our whole foods or minimally processed fats/oils are a great healthy part of our diets…

 

That helps us:

 

  • balance blood sugars (steady energy levels)
  • produce hormones to help our body function properly
  • provide key nutrients like Omega 3, 6 for a healthy heart
  • get good cholesterol into our blood called HDL (high, density, lipid proteins)

 

Some examples of fat in foods avocados, fish, steak, nuts, rapeseed oil, real butter and coconut oil to name only a few.

 

3. Cardio Or HIIT Or Weights Are The Best For Weight-loss.

 

This one is simple and short in explanation, to show you how simple it is…

 

No one way or the other is best, it’s a combination of all, with good sleep/recovery and sound nutrition. But nothing remarkable will happen without consistency & commitment.

 

4. Protein makes you bulky

 

Firstly, if you don’t know the definition of bulky its big, brawny, muscular or thick and it could be used like this, I want to bulk up or, I’m too bulky for this t-shirt.

 

Protein does not make you bulky. Just like carbs and fats don’t make you bulky. Protein builds & repairs damaged muscles and helps with other bodily functions. In order to become bulky, if you are not naturally a bulky person already, is to eat more food than you need while consistently damaging your muscles with resistance training. If you are bulky and don’t like it, eat healthier and move more to try to lean up a bit, as most mistake bulk for fat. If you’re trying to trim and slim up and your already lean (have little bodyfat) then you can look at dieting and endurance training to burn away muscle mass.

 

As always things take time and effort so don’t try something for only a month and expect results, do it for at least 3 or until your pleased with the results, then evaluate and make a plan to continue for the future. My advice would be learning to love and embrace your body and be proud of your good points and live with your not so good points unless it impedes your health and happiness. Everybody has hang-ups on their body, remember no-bodies perfect.

5. Detox Diets Are Good

 

Have you been a victim of being sold a detox diet? Let’s explain why you have been conned.

 

Your body, the thing you live in is extremely smart and runs like a universe inside you. Detoxification happens in your body no matter what you do, it has built-in detox organs called the liver and kidneys.

 

Some detox diets “CLAIM” you can be healthier and lose weight. However, there is no scientific evidence to back up such claims. Therefore it’s not worth shit.

 

Some types of detox diets

  • Cutting out all foods except fruits and vegetables.
  • Eating only 1 meal per day and drinking water all day
  • Special tea’s/shakes replacing some or all meals.
  • Fasting or a combo of these

Be aware that most detox diets try and sell you something, for example, pills, herbals, teas, and instructions to be able to start them. It’s a money maker so don’t fall for it, the person selling them to you might even have your best interest at heart, but they are just ill informed of the bull shit.

 

You may lose weight and people may be able to show you proof but it is most likely unsustainable weight loss and it gets put on as soon as the detox diet is finished, and detox diets are short lived. They don’t last long. When people lose weight in such drastic way, it’s mostly water weight and valuable muscle mass, with little fat actually burnt off.

 

If you don’t mind wasting money and not being sure if the detox diet is safe and you really want to try one it’s up to you. The kickstart and placebo may help you for the beginning but nothing is better than just eating clean drinking water and exercising.

 

How to detox healthily

Or should I say how to help your already detoxing body detox?

Drink more water to help speed up the process. About 8 glasses per day and eating clean. Eating clean is eating real whole foods, plenty of fruit and veg and organic meats, eggs, nuts and legumes, cutting out the junk and processed packaged food.


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