There’s a ton of information on weight loss out there, but how do we sift the truth from the age-old myths? Take everything with a grain of Himalayan pink salt, that’s how—even if you heard it from the health nut in your life! Below, we listed 5 most common misconceptions that plenty of people (including us!) thought to be true. Are you ready for for the capital T?
When it comes to carbohydrates, everyone has an opinion: They’re bad for you. They’re OK—but only if you work out. They’ll make you “fat.” Unless your physician has told you otherwise, carbs are part of a well-rounded diet. In fact, eating the right carbohydrates can actually increase your metabolism.
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THE FIX: Choose complex forms of carbohydrates like beans, sweet potato, oats, or quinoa. They’ll keep you satisfied without leading to possible weight gain down the road.
TRY: Arrowhead Mills Organic Oatmeal Instant Hot Cereal (10oz), P355, Philippine Pure Tri-Color Quinoa (500g), P550
Contrary to what many fad diets say, eating less than 1,000 calories per day is not ideal for weight loss. It will slow down your metabolism and deplete your natural energy levels. And even in some cases, make you feel moody. According to health experts, you should actually eat at least 1,200 or 1,300 calories per day.
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THE FIX: Instead of undergoing the perils of a crash diet, commit to making a few lifestyle changes. Incorporate more fruits and veggies in your diet. Stand up from your desk regularly. Or find a workout you love to do. You’ll be more likely to reach your weight loss goals without depriving yourself.
No, ladies, eating fat won’t make you fat. On the contrary, we need fat to function. It feeds our brains, lubricates joints, and serves as an important energy source. Plus, most foods that are “low-fat” are full of sugar—which is the real culprit behind those extra pounds.
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THE FIX: Eat “healthy” fats rather than low-fat, highly processed foods. These include avocado, olive oil, and nuts. Just remember to moderate your intake—while it isn’t necessarily bad, too much can add up in calories.
TRY: Spectrum Extra Virgin Olive Oil, P1,005, Blue Diamond Natural Toasted Almonds, P515
While we wish weight loss was as simple as a third-grade math problem, it isn’t. Weight loss is determined by a lot more than calories. We have to take our metabolic differences into mind. This includes factors such as age, gender, activity level, just to name a few.
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THE FIX: When it comes to calories, aim for quality—not quantity. While two foods may possess the same numerical value, it doesn’t mean they’re “equal”. Take, for instance, the calories in a cookie and the calories in an avocado. One’ll give more nutritional value (the avocado) than the other (the cookie), and potentially lead to weight loss.
After all’s said and done, you shouldn’t feel guilty about indulging every once in a while. Allowing yourself the occasional cookie makes it easier to eat well the rest of the time. And if it makes you happy, to quote Sheryl Crow, it can’t be that bad.
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THE FIX: That said, we’re in no way suggesting you eat what you want 24/7—moderation is key! And like calories, you should also consider what your eating. When you can, opt for healthier snacking alternatives that don’t compromise on taste or calories. Your body will thank you for it.
TRY: Take Root Kale Chips Vegan Cheeze, P220, The Superfood Grocer Granola Tropical Medley (200g), P249
But, at the end of the day, every BODY is different. Do what feels best for you or if you’re in need of professional advice, seek out a certified physician you can trust.
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