Sunday, January 6, 2013

Weight Loss Myths - Be Aware of Inaccurate Information on How to Lose Weight

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There is a lot of inaccurate information circulating on the internet on how to lose weight and it is important that we become aware of what truly works and what does not. By becoming aware of what are actually weight loss myths, you will save time and ensure that you do not do things that cause more harm to your body than good. Let us check out the various weight loss myths now:
Adopt a low carbohydrates diet

There is a popular belief that adopting a low carbohydrates diet is good for your weight loss program. This might seem true when you start losing some weight in the beginning but without enough carbohydrates your body will get tired and feel lethargic easily. The initial weight loss is also not sustainable. What you should be aware is that there are two forms of carbohydrates: refined and unrefined carbohydrates. In simple terms, refined carbohydrates refer to a product that has undergone a chemical process to remove the bran and wheat germ from the grain. A typical example is white bread, which has it's bran and germ removed. When you are trying to lose weight, you should be eating food with unrefined carbohydrates. An example of food with unrefined carbohydrates are wholemeal bread, wholegrain cereals and wholemeal pasta. These foods are generally heavier in texture, more filling, more natural, they contain more fibre, vitamins and minerals, leave you feeling fuller for longer, and are definitely healthier for you.
Genes affect your weight loss progress
There is a belief that genes play a big part in affecting the success of your weight loss plan. Genes do have a certain role in affecting your metabolic rate but the more important factor for determining the success of your weight loss program is how much calories you will burn. There are a lot of ways to help you burn calories faster even if you have a lower metabolic rate. The genes factor is not an issue big enough to affect your weight loss progress.
Adopt a Low fat diet
Like carbohydrates, pursuing a low fat diet is not entirely right. You still need enough fat in our body for good health and fitness. What we should do is to avoid dangerous fats and increase our intake of good fats. Avoid food labelled with trans fat and saturated fat. Food labelled with mono-saturated and poly-saturated fat are good fat which can lower total cholesterol.
Get on a starvation diet
Eating less means we can lose weight faster? This is another popular weight loss myth which we should avoid. Your body requires food to function and skipping meals can lower your metabolism and makes it more difficult to lose weight. Consuming enough food and fruits high in nutrition is important for your body. Munch on a slice of watermelon or guava the next time you feel like taking a sugary snack.
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