People tend to toss around preconceived assumptions about weight loss more carelessly than chefs tossing pancakes at a breakfast diner. What’s worse is that some of these, an addition to being completely false, can actually be quite harmful for us. However, it’s quite simple to understand where we are actually going wrong.
So, here are four common assumptions that people often make when they are on their way to losing weight.
Eating close to bedtime causes weight gain
We’ve all heard about the 8 p.m rule, and how eating late in the night tends to disturb our digestive system. But, what people often fail to understand is the fact that people consume a bit too many calories before going to bed, which is the main reason that leads to weight gain. Just grabbing a few snacks in small quantities late at night is not the what causes the sudden gain.
Usually when it comes to eating, people do one of two things. They snack throughout the day and keep dinner light, or starve and just let themselves completely loose at the dinner table. While we pretty much know where the latter is going to get you with the number of calories and inches you put on, the former actually works to control the amount of weight you put on, if not reduce it.
No matter how hard we train or how lengthy our waist training workouts are, if we aren’t keeping a check on what you’re eating and the time of the day we eat at, all our efforts are only a waste. Besides, why would you even jump directly into bed after a heavy dinner? A 30-minute walk is always advisable. Furthermore, as long as you eat light, there’s always still room for a small snack before bed.
Snacking makes you fatter
Contrary to what the heading says, many diet plans actually tell us to eat several smaller meals in a single day for more effective weight loss and an increased metabolism. Dieting is all about mindful eating and keeping a check on what you’re actually snacking on rather than skipping any meals.
We must remember that if we constantly keep munching on unhealthy junk food, then not only are we pushing ourselves closer to obesity, but are also working against building a healthier heart. Thus, in the process we are putting ourselves at the risk of a number of health problems.
However, on the contrary, if we are on healthy organic snacks like salads and baked vegetable wedges as a substitute to chips, then apart from the high quality carbs that contribute little to no weight gain, we will also be taking in a considerable amount of dietary fiber. This will make us feel fuller and prevent us from overeating before or during actual meal times. So, in short just watch what you’re snacking on.
Add more fruits and veggies to your diet
Yes, that is true, but not if we are still on our fat enriched, low quality, carb stuffed, unhealthy average American diet. In order to lose weight, at least to prevent it from going up, fruits and vegetables are definitely our best friends. However, consuming fruits and green veggies does not mean that they will neutralize the effects of our unhealthy enemies.
A truckload of empty calories will still be a truckload of empty calories even if you’re taking in nutritious ones. The key is to significantly replace unhealthy foods in your diet by healthier ones rather than adding them onto what’s already on your plate; the outcome could be a lot worse.
Water affects your weight
People believe that water will either flush out your weight, or will bloat you to even more epic proportions. Alright, climbing out of bed, going down the stairs and into the kitchen to drink a cold glass of water will actually help you burn some calories, as opposed to doing the same thing followed by eating a spoonful of chocolate ice-cream to satisfy post-breakup anxiety.
If you’re drinking extra water while still consuming too many calories, you’ll still be getting fat. What people don’t understand is that water has no real connection with your calorie intake and therefore does not affect your weight loss or gain in any direct manner. Having said that, drinking more water obviously benefits you in a number of other ways regardless of whether you’re trying to lose weight or not.
So the next time someone tells you something about losing weight, be sure to get the facts straight and do your homework instead of believing everything you hear.
We make mistaken assumptions all the time, be it in life as it comes or weight loss as we spoke about it today. Our assumptions about weight loss therefore need a lot of adjusting. When we carry out or weight loss plans correctly, even though the entire process is slow, it will last us longer than rapid weight loss.
All that we require is patience and consistency to successfully lose excess weight.So, as we settle to a new resolute, let us learn from our past mistakes and adjust to new information. Remember, success always requires diligence.
Zyana Morris is a passionate health and lifestyle blogger who loves to write about prevailing trends. She is a featured author at various authoritative blogs and has written articles for Life hack, Inscriber Mag, Blogger Babes and others.