Common Weight Loss Misconceptions

Common Weight Loss Misconceptions

NT1A9509It’s not surprising that with all the conflicting information out there from the internet, television shows, and friends and family that many people have misconceptions about losing weight. It can be very frustrating if you’ve been struggling to shed a few pounds and your plan isn’t yielding any results.  Here are some common weight loss misconceptions that I hear on a consistent basis from my personal training clients.

1. If I skip this meal, I’m consuming fewer calories, which will lead to losing a few extra pounds.

When you take your caloric intake down too low, you are actually sending your body into “starvation mode.” Excessively low-calorie diets affect your metabolism. When you eat far less than your body needs, your metabolism slows down to adjust for the lower supply of energy. When your metabolism slows down, your rate of weight loss slows down, also.  I actually tell my personal training clients that missing a meal is as bad as cheating on their diet.  So stop missing meals with the belief that you’re doing yourself a favor because you’re actually slowing down your metabolism which will lead to weight gain!

2. I will gain weight if I eat too late.

Whether you’re eating in the morning or at midnight, your body turns any extra calories into fat over the course of time. In fact, eating a light snack high in protein will actually prevent your body from entering a catabolic state while sleeping. All things considered, it doesn’t matter how late you eat, it’s what you eat that matters.  Foods that are higher in protein have less chance of  being converted to fat late at night.  So if you get that late night craving, reach for a low-fat string cheese or some egg whites as opposed to that bowl of cereal.

3. Fat Is Bad!!

A well-balanced meal plan includes healthy amounts of fat and complex carbohydrates depending on individual needs and goals. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found predominantly in fish and shellfish, and monounsaturated fat like that in olive oil are essential to the body and will assist in your weight loss process. These healthy fats help the body absorb important nutrients and to feel fuller longer.

4. Carbs are the Enemy!

A successful meal plan includes a variety of foods. No one particular food group must be avoided to achieve your weight loss goals as long as you keep your caloric intake in check. While it’s smart to avoid refined carbohydrates as often as possible, foods like bread, rice, pasta, cereal, and fruit, can all be part of a healthful, balanced diet. Choose complex carbs, such as whole grains and beans, over-processed foods such as white bread whenever possible.

So you think you know your stuff when it comes to losing weight? These pesky myths seem to get the best of many of us. Let’s set the record straight before they sabotage your weight-loss success. For more information on weight loss misconceptions, getting in shape, eating healthy, weight training, health and wellness, or if you’re frustrated with your current level of fitness and have been thinking about hiring a personal trainer, contact us.

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