Diet Myths That Could Be Causing You To Gain Weight Part 2 Of 2
Diet Myths #4 I get some form of exercise in daily so I can eat what I want
Why it’s a myth – Unless your an Olympic athlete like Michael Phelps who burns up to 20,000 calories a day when he’s training then no you cannot eat what you want because you exercise. The bottom line is the only way you can lose weight is to burn off more calories than you take in. So if you exercise for an hour and burn off 400 calories, then go have a 600 calorie meal, guess what, you are going to gain weight!
Diet Myths #5 The only way to lose weight is to go on a diet
Why it’s a myth – sure, going on a diet plan that leads to eating fewer calories will lead to weight loss. But that doesn’t mean you are going to stick to the plan, especially if it cuts out all the things you love to eat. Instead of following a specific diet plan for quick weight loss, change the way you eat the things you love. Go with portion control first. Eat a 6oz steak instead of a 12. if you love mashed potatoes or fries, eat small amounts. At first you need to keep track of your calories for all portions you eat. After a couple of months, you will know exactly how much you can eat, even of things that aren’t “health foods” but things you really enjoy. Portion control will become a way of life and since you are not cutting out your favorites, you will have long term success of not getting overweight again, ever!
Diet Myths #6 The only way to lose weight is to go on a diet
Why it’s a myth – the worse thing you can do is skip meals and starve yourself. Studies have found that starving yourself flat out won’t work. American Psychologist, found that within four to five years, the majority of dieters starving themselves for a short period to lose weight regained the weight they had lost. They also found that people who consume very low calorie diets increase risk of developing gallstones and digestive issues. The best advice, use a modest calorie restriction that you’ll never stop. How many a calories a day should you use? Here’s a few calculators you can use to find out.
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