There are many misconceptions I had when I first started my weight loss goals and I followed a strict diet and forced myself to stop eating and doing many things I loved. This is a list of my top 3 weight loss lies I was fed.
1. No Dairy Products when your trying to Lose Weight
This is a very common piece of advice you hear when trying to lose weight. "cut out all the dairy" and many people follow this concept and lose weight buts possible to still enjoy dairy and lose weight.
It is true that some high fat dairy products would lead to weight gain but this is not true for all dairy products especially low fat dairy products such as yoghurt have many benefits for weight loss including providing your body with beneficial bacteria and improving digestive health.
Let us not forget that most of those weight loss replacement shakes are made from milk, and contain different types of whey protein which can help to leave us feeling full without the extra calories and sugars. Dairy also has the ability to help you loose more calories when you visit the bathroom.
2. For weight loss exercise is more important that your Diet
This could not be further from the truth and if you're not working hard in both departments you're simply working against yourself. Its like going for a long run and coming home and stuffing yourself, sure your heart got a workout but your not going to lose any weight you just put the calories you lost back into your body.
A simple step to take is to reduce your daily calories by around 1000 calories than assess your progress and if you start to notice weight loss maintain that calorie reduction or reduce depending on your activity level. 1000 calories is the equivalent to running for around 30 minutes and its amazing that just a couple chocolate bars also make up 1000 calories what are they putting in those things.
Remember a healthy diet is a the best option and starving yourself will only leave you unhappy and feeling mentally drained. Keep up your spirits when losing weight with healthy foods leaving you satisfied but not totally stuffed.
3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
This is another huge weight loss lie I always hear and that's to increase your water intake and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Sure it may work for some people but they do not take into account the amount of water you are getting from your diet and whole foods.
Excessive intake of water will do nothing, there's only so much water you can absorb before you just end up rushing to the bathroom every 30 minutes.
The amount of water you drink on a daily basis should depend on your age, gender, activity level and state of health as well as other environmental factors such as weather. If you are on any prescription medication or are prone to excess sweating keeping up your fluids is very important.