Weight Loss Myths Exposed!Written by Kim Beardsmore
As a weight loss coach I speak will people regularly about their view and beliefs surrounding food and nutrition. It probably won’t come as a surprise to hear there is a great deal of confusion around nutrition. In fact, many people reading this article will have only a scant idea about different food types and what our body actually needs to keep healthy.
One of simplest systems I’ve encountered is this. If food tastes good, then it has to be ‘bad’ for you! And then there’s its counterpart, “If food tastes ‘bad’ then it must be ‘good’ for you”. You may identify with these views, or some closely related version! Nutrition for some has been reduced to a concept of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ with little else.
Some common weight loss myths that people believe - which aren’t true!
Myth #1: Cutting down on portion size is best way to lose weight. Not on its own. If you attempt to lose weight by just eating less, you are likely to gain weight back. Lasting results will come from changing types of foods you eat, not just amounts.
Myth #2: Just cut out fat and you’ll lose weight. This approach to weight loss, popular in 80s, simply doesn’t work for most people. Even if a food is labeled “fat-free,” it can still be high in calories from sugar and hidden carbs. Effective weight loss comes from being mindful of your total calorie consumption as well as your fat intake.
Myth #3: Cutting calories causes your body to go into starvation mode and slows weight loss. This is untrue. Your body’s resting metabolic rate can vary by about 15%. Nevertheless, eating too few calories and an inadequate amount of protein can make you lose precious lean muscle mass, which will eventually slow metabolism, for long term. Ideally, stick to calorie and protein amounts that are right for your body with Herbalife™ program.
Getting The Best From Your BodyWritten by Kim Beardsmore
The body automatically functions, and we automatically take it for granted! We expect our body to keep going and not complain, however much we abuse it. But it does complain, with headaches, backache, indigestion, colds, skin rashes: just a few of minor warnings. Whether you are running a home business, major corporation or a family if you relate to these 'mild' complaints you just may need to pay attention to protect your most important asset: your health, your ability to think clearly and your emotional strength.
Without paying attention to keeping yourself well, you may slip into more serious warnings of 'self-abuse' and progress to serious conditions like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. A few simple changes can make all difference to long-term health of your body, clarity of your thinking, strength of your emotional well-being and long-term viability of your self-propelled business!
Food is fuel
What you eat and drink provides your body with fuel to carry out all physical and mental activities that get you through each day, including breathing and blinking! Some foods, such as fruit and vegetables, provide excellent fuel, with lots of beneficial nutrients. Other foods provide body with poor quality fuel laced with undesirable chemicals, such as over-processed junk foods. What percentage of your current diet is providing fuel-efficient, nutrient-rich food? Find out by keeping a diary over following week - jot down everything you eat and drink and then analyze your fuel source. The better your fuel source, longer your life expectancy…
…So improve your choice
Choose meals and snacks that are kind to body, i.e. naturally-produced and chemical free. Fresh (preferably seasonal) fruit, vegetables and salads retain their nutritional content - they are 'living' foods. Avoid foods that have been over-processed, stored for too long or stored in contact with metal or cling-film. You could class these as 'dead' foods, with little to offer nutritionally. Variety is also vital, helping you obtain broad range of nutrients your body needs.
Less is more
Eating large meals puts a great strain on digestive tract. Choose smaller, more frequent meals, which help keep your fuel tank topped-up throughout day. And never forget that more you eat, more your body has to either burn off or store as fat. So eat to live - don't live to eat!
Give your stomach a fair chance