On the internet, there’s a lot of bad health advice. Sometimes you get convinced that a “detox” is all your body needs, while others will suggest that these homoeopathic pills will instantly start shrinking you. Most of us know to avoid these obviously too-good-to-be-true myths. But there are others that tend to spread through our collective consciousness that some people take them as a given. When you’re looking to lose weight, here are some of the myths you need to change your thinking on.
Exercise is the only way
Exercise is good for you, obviously, but hitting the gym for high-intensity training five times a week isn’t exactly necessary. Nor is it the most important part in losing weight. 150 minutes a week, more for those who are overweight, are what it really takes. In general, diet is much more important than exercise. But there are some myths about that, as well.
All weight loss is equal
Stay away from the fad diets. Stay away from the supposed weight loss superfoods. Stay away from the diet pills. Yes, some of these methods will help you see quick changes in your weight. But it’s long been found that hard dieting and fads are often a predictor of long-term weight gain, not long-term weight loss. You have to focus on healthy weight loss, supported by permanent changes to your lifestyle. One of the worst things you can do is a fasting diet, where you get so few calories you can actually sabotage your body’s ability to burn fat.
You can burn away that bum
Speaking of burning fat, if someone tells you that spin class is going to help you slim those thighs or that push-ups are going to lose the flabby arms, they are misinforming you. Liposuction is the only guaranteed way to target specific areas of fat. However, exercising specific parts of the body builds muscle, which can help tone and define those parts. But when your body is burning fat, you have no say on where that fat is burned.
Healthy foods are healthy
That might seem a little unintuitive. But we’re not looking at the danger of more fruits and vegetables in your diet. We’re talking about processed foods that label themselves as healthy. If they’re “low-fat”, “low-carb” processed foods, you’re rarely being told the full story. Low-fat foods might have less fat than the usual variety, but they might have more salt and more sugar instead.
It’s expensive to eat healthily
When you’re not shopping smart, yes, buying a lot of whole foods can be expensive. But there’s nothing to stop you eating better on a tight budget, either. Plan your meals. Buy your staples, like brown rice and tinned fish, in bulk. Save money by eating cheaper protein like eggs or beans, skipping the cost of meat once a week. There are a lot of ways to slim your waistline without slimming your wallet.
Healthier eating habits, regular exercise, and realistic expectations. Those are the three keys to being happy with your weight loss. The other tricks and tips coming in are either tools to help you get there or they’re just distractions.