Many of us will be thinking about weight loss at the moment. In society, there is a lot of pressure to fit in and look a certain way, and while we shouldn’t conform to this, we all might be guilty of thinking about it every now and again. These are the weight loss myths you need to know about!

However, weight loss might be a priority to help improve your health and lifestyle. But there are still many diet myths that people believe to be true that they think will help aid them on their journey. So here are some of them. Let me know how many you thought were true. 

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Skipping breakfast aids in weight loss 

Many people believe that skipping breakfast is going to be beneficial when it comes to weight loss. But it can actually have an adverse effect on how you feel and your energy levels.

Skipping, breakfast, or any meal for that matter, will leave you feeling tired and hungry. As a result of this, you are more likely to make poor choices when it comes to the next meal such as reaching for high-fat foods or snacking more between meals. A balanced and healthy diet consists of three meals. Don’t skip any. 

Food restrictions can help 

A lot of people believe that they need to restrict certain foods to lose weight. While there is some truth to this, people do go to extremes and this is where drastic diets are not sustainable and can be worse for your health. For example, you may only eat celery or grapefruits for a week.

The chances are you will lose weight, but at what cost? You can’t sustain it and then when you go back to unhealthy habits you will put weight back on. A balanced approach will always be better. 

Eating carbs means you put on weight 

There is a big myth surrounding carbohydrates that many people get wrong. There have been diets in the past that have told you to avoid carbohydrates as they can put weight on.

This means not eating foods like pasta, potatoes, and bread. However, what we fail to remember is that carbohydrates are where our body gets a lot of the energy we use.

Some carbohydrates, especially wholegrain ones, are good at keeping you fuller for longer. Eating carbohydrates in moderation can help, but making a switch to wholegrain alternatives will enable you to sustain a diet moving forward. 

Intense exercise is needed

Finally, many people assume that intense exercise along with a diet is the key to losing weight. While this is strictly true, you don’t always need to be so intense with workouts or even work out daily.

A balanced diet will ensure that you get all of the nutrients you need to function. Exercising is important, but even low-intensity options like walking or even doing the housework will enable you to burn off calories. Don’t dismiss the fact that you just need to choose to be more active generally. 

Hopefully, this will help you to be more aware of some of the things that you can do and weight loss myths to avoid when it comes to dieting. 

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