By Sarah Appleford –
Tips and tricks are all very well – but only if they are true.
When you are delving into the world of weight loss, it is absolutely crucial to research your facts and do your best to avoid the hopeless PR and ever changing magic tricks which promise you the world. The chances are, no matter how much or little you may know about dieting and nutrition, you have probably heard hundreds of conflicting pieces of advice which has left you in a world of confusion and frankly no better off.
There is an ever-increasing number of myths that are widely believed to be true and could well be standing in the way of you and your goals. Some of them may take you by surprise…
Myth: It’s bad to feel “full” after a meal
It may sound blatantly obvious when it’s put in such a way, but this is one of the most common beliefs of people who are trying to lose weight. Believing that you have to go hungry, or that you have to in some way starve your body in order to lose the excess is a dangerous and counterproductive belief, and it will end in binge eating and weight gain ion the end.
Myth: carbs are evil and will make you fat
A lot of people hold up the crucifix in the face of carbs and see them as evil beings that will do nothing but make you fatter than ever. It’s simply untrue. A major reason people may see carbs as a nutritional enemy is because food high in carbs can be comfort foods and it is all too easy to overeat.
Overeating leads of added pounds, not the carbs, so it is all about portion control. This can be fairly easily avoided by integrating complex carbohydrates into your diet, including whole grains and vegetables. See point one and remember that it doesn’t mean you can’t be full after a meal.
Myth: Supplements help you lose weight
There is a lot of media campaigning on the Internet for taking supplements, and the industry which sells them is enormous. There are literally hundreds of different types on the market which all promise dramatic effects, but they tend not to show as very effective when they are studied.
It has been argued that this method can be successful because of a placebo effect which it can have – essentially, the person taking them really wants them to work and naturally eats less and exercises more to coincide with the supplements. It’s difficult not to fall for the marketing.
Myth: Skipping breakfast affects your weight
Research does actually show that people who skip breakfast have more issues with their weight.
However, and this is quite important, the reason for this is not because of the breakfast itself. It is quite probably because those who skip breakfast are much more likely to have other “unhealthy” habits, and those who eat breakfast every day tend to be more into a routine and generally more conscious of what they are eating.
Myth: going gluten-free works wonders for shedding pounds
It seems logical that cutting back on things like pasta, bread and pizza will help you lose weight, but that’s exactly it. The problem is it is not sustainable and people tend to introduce other calories into their diet. It tends to lead to binge eating later on, or giving up completely.
Since so many foods now come in gluten-free versions, it’s easy to think that they are a better alternative — which would be wrong. Gluten is found in many whole-grain foods that have an array of vitamins, minerals, and fibre and are vital to a healthy diet. Unless you have a dietary requirement that requires you to eat only gluten-free food, it is generally not necessary to avoid it.
Sarah Appleford is an experienced writer, passionate traveller and a mum of one. When not travelling around the world, Sarah spends her days writing, studying and enjoying the trials and tribulations of being a parent.