There’s no doubt about it – there are a lot of myths floating around when it comes to weight loss. Do this, don’t do that… it can all get a bit confusing. I believe that health and fitness should be easy to understand, otherwise it becomes too hard to make healthy choices. So, to help you understand weight loss better, I’m sharing five myths you need to stop believing.
1. Restricting calories is the key to weight loss
If you want to make healthy, sustainable changes to your life (and lose a bit of weight along the way), restricting calories isn’t the answer. There are so many reasons why. For starters, you may be depriving your body of vital nutrients like protein and carbohydrates, which help burn fat and build lean muscle. And then there’s the fact that the more you deprive yourself of something you want to eat, the more likely you are to go overboard and binge on it later. Instead, try to eat from every food group, and enjoy food rather than restricting it.
2. You need to spend hours in the gym
It’s the opposite! If you spend hours in the gym doing the same thing over and over, your body gets used to the movement, making the workout less effective. Instead, aim for short powerful workouts that keep your body guessing. My 20-minute TIFFXO workouts are a unique blend of HIIT and HIRT (high intensity resistance training) that will have you burning energy even into the next day.
3. Juice fasts and ‘teatoxes’ help you lose weight for good
You already know that I think restricting calories is bad news. Well, the same goes for juice fasts and ‘teatoxes’ (when you drink copious amounts of ‘detox’ teas). While you may lose weight during the fast, you’re going to put it straight back on afterwards. This is because you’re losing water weight, not fat. Not so great in the short term, and definitely not great in the long term.
4. You can’t lose weight if you’re over 50
Ever think back to your younger years where you could eat whatever you want, without the scales shifting? I sure do! While it’s true that your body has changed (and maybe slowed down) since then, there’s no reason you can’t lose weight.
5. Shedding kilos will instantly make you healthier
Most experts now agree that your BMI isn’t the best measure for overall health and fitness. Losing weight does not automatically improve your wellbeing, and if you’re using drastic measures, it could make your health worse. If you do have a weight loss goal, try to combine it with a fitness goal. That way you’ll be happy and healthy in no time.
Tiffiny Hall is founder of online health and fitness program TIFFXO.com.
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