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5 Weight Loss Tips You Should Ignore

5 Weight Loss Tips You Should Ignore

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.


the author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.