The first week you follow a diet always yields promising results, due in part to actual weight loss and also partly due to water loss. The subsequent weeks of dieting don’t yield the same amount of weight loss and often the dieter will give up, returning to old eating habits and gaining lost weight back plus a few additional pounds. Here are the top 5 weight loss myths that hinder your diet from working.
1- Drastically reducing calorie intake. When you diet, you want to lose weight quickly and drastically reducing your calorie intake to achieve quick weight loss will cause your diet to backfire. Your body will go into starvation mode, according to this Huffington Post article , your metabolism slows down and your weight loss will plateau. Most dieters will become frustrated at this point and return to old eating habits and with a slowed metabolism, the weight piles back on quicker than it came off. Don’t go under 1,200 calories per day when you’re dieting.
2- Eliminating fat from your diet is one of those weight loss myths that doesn’t work. Some fat is needed by our bodies for vitamin and nutrient absorption, fat also helps us feel full and satisfied. Eliminating all fat, including the good monounsaturated fats, will make you feel hungry all the time while you’re dieting, and a hungry dieter will eat anything.
3- A successful, healthy diet plan will include a variety of low carbohydrate foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, but trying to survive and lose weight by just eating low-carb foods long term is usually not doable. Include high fiber, low-carb foods to your daily meal plan, but don’t restrict yourself to eating only fresh fruits and vegetables.
4- Eating all you want of healthy foods. One of those weight loss myths that sounds like a lifeline to those in the throes of a diet, but it will sabotage your weight loss. The bottom line of any successful diet is to expend more calories than you take in, and if you’re taking in 3,500 calories a day via eating low-fat healthy foods and only expending 2,500, you’re not going to lose weight but actually gain weight.
5 -Overdoing an exercise program will sabotage your weight loss. This sounds contradictory at first, but if you decide to exercise a couple hours everyday so you can eat more or so that you will burn more calories and lose weight faster, you will also burn-out faster. Sore muscles, time restraints, etc., will make skipping a long, intense exercise program easy. Doing 30 minutes of exercise per day will be something you can keep up long-term and will aid you in not only losing weight but keeping it off as well.