We all want to lose a bit of weight and be fitter, right? There are so many food and weight loss myths flying around it's hard to know what to listen to.
Here are 5 ideas that you can safely ignore.
We all know that it is not that easy to massively cut down on food. Restricted eating makes us miserable, and is why we can start scoffing as soon as the diet ends. A better way is to look at what we eat, choosing nutritious, less calorie-dense and more filling foods. Add exercise that you enjoy – it doesn’t take much!
Meal replacement bars, mousses or shakes are popular for a ‘quick fix’ to weight loss. They take the guesswork and effort out of food prep, but are not a food for life. They don’t encourage future good food choices, so the weight will probably go back on again afterwards. Try real food in sensible portions instead.
Yes, cut down on the simple sugars, which means going easy on the cakes, biscuits and sweets. However complex carbs are an essential part of a healthy diet. Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater!
No food is bad food. What matters is a good mix of food in the right portions. Savour what you eat and give it the attention it deserves. That way there is no need for ‘discipline’.
Skipping breakfast may seem an easy calorie saver, but it means a long time without food. That makes most people hungry, grumpy and not very effective. It also makes us likely to reach for the wrong kind of snack. Start your day with oats, fruit or even a quick protein pancake.
Eat well, take some exercise and be patient. There are no quick fixes but it will work in the end.
unfortunately meal replacements are still heavily advertised, available in shops with good reputations and a staple of the multi-level-marketing brigade. All this preys on the susceptible in my opinion.
i cant believe anyone would still us meal replacements!
I think the key one here is 'be disciplined'. Without being in control of our own sensible eating and exercising there's not much we can achieve anyway.
like the sign.... really I think it boils down to whatever way of 'eating less and doing more' works for each of us. Faddy eating, fasting to the point of being annoying, one-ingredient diets; all bad. A big helping of common sense is all that is needed.
As much as I think wholegrains are good for us I have actually found c cutting back on carbs has helped me lose weight without really trying. So that's one tip i do think it worth listening to.