Thanks to the internet any and everyone can call themselves a weight loss expert.
That means there is no shortage weight loss tips floating around the interwebs. And while some weight loss tips are sound advice, others are complete rubbish.
Here are 5 weight loss tips you should ignore.
You Shouldn’t Weigh Yourself Everyday
Most so called experts will tell their clients to weigh themselves once a week. This is because they believe weighing yourself on a daily basis can lead to a poor body image.
This however is completely false. According to research, weighing yourself everyday can lead to you eating fewer calories.
The more you weigh yourself, the more weight you will ultimately lose.
When you weigh yourself everyday it keeps you accountable. Its hard to lie to yourself when you see the number on the scale.
If you see the number going down you know you are headed in the right direction. If you see the number creeping up you know you need to make a few adjustments to your diet.
Keep in mind your weight can fluctuate from day to day due to various factors including hormonal changes and fluid retention.
You Should Lose Weight Slowly
Conventional wisdom says you shouldn’t lose weight quickly. The truth however is that losing weight quickly is not a bad thing.
Especially in the initial phases of a weight loss program. Some studies even show that losing weight fast can have a positive impact on long term results.
Rapid weight loss due to a severe calorie reduction is not safe nor sustainable. When you lose weight in this way you will almost always gain it back.
Find a weight loss program that’s healthy and one that you can stick to. That is how you will get long term, sustainable results.
Eat a Low Fat Diet
Listen closely my friends. Fat does not make you fat. As a matter of fact, fat is a vital part of a healthy diet.
While fat does indeed have more calories than carbs or protein, because it digests slowly it helps you stay full for longer periods of time.
When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, low fat diets tend to have a less than stellar track record.
A study done on close to 50,000 women found that a low fat diet resulted in a 1 pound weight loss over the course of 7 years.
Instead of cutting back on fats, focus on eating foods that are naturally high in fat. This would include foods such as nuts, cheese, whole eggs, salmon and avocados just to name a few.
The problem with low fat diet foods is they tend to be loaded with refined sugar. So while you may not be consuming fat, you will be consuming a dangerous amount of sugar.
The key is balance. In order to achieve sustainable weight loss you need a healthy balance of fats, carbs and protein in your diet.
Never Skip Breakfast
This is a weight loss tip that has been ingrained in our heads since we were children. And while there is nothing wrong with eating breakfast, there is also nothing wrong with skipping it.
Many experts advise you to eat breakfast because it will give your metabolism a boost which will in turn help you lose weight.
The studies however don’t back up this claim.
Studies have shown that breakfast, whether you eat it or choose to skip it, has very little effect on whether or not you lose weight.
While people who skip breakfast have been known to eat more calories during lunch, their overall calorie intake ended up being lower than those who did eat breakfast.
At the end of the day its all about personal preference. Some people need to eat breakfast in order to function. Others don’t.
If you’re hungry when you wake up in the morning, eat breakfast. If you’re not, don’t.
Do As Much Cardio As You Can
This is a weight loss tip that seriously needs to die. While cardio is important, doing it excessively will not lead to the results you are after.
The truth is we all respond differently to cardio.
Some people can lose weight because of cardio while others may gain weight.
Cardio is great for your heart and overall health. However, if your goal is to transform your body cardio is not the way to do it.
Yes you need cardio, but you don’t need to do it hours upon hours every week. 20-40 minutes of cardio, 3-5 times a week is all you need.
The rest of your workout time should be spent doing some form of strength training. When you combine strength training with cardio not only will you lose weight, but you will also maintain muscle in the process.
This is what will lead to you getting the body of your dreams.