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5 preconceived notions about weight loss
People are always looking to lose weight. Unfortunately, despite the plethora of information available to us, it is difficult to find simple instructions to effectively get rid of excess weight.
So how can you distinguish between what’s right and wrong among all the preconceived weight loss ideas out there?
The war on carbohydrates and fats
Unfortunately, this is often the first misconception when people start a new diet. People will quite frequently remove carbohydrates from their diet in order to shed weight quickly. While this type of diet will initially lead to weight loss, it is not uncommon to regain that weight once a normal diet is resumed.
By dieting and depriving the body of certain nutrients, it will respond by beginning to store carbohydrates and fat in anticipation for any future deficiencies.
This can lead to a fluctuation in weight and to a phase that is often referred to as the yo-yo effect.
In the long term, deprivation can, paradoxically, lead to weight gain.
It is important to set the record straight about carbohydrates: they don’t make you fat!
No food will make you fat if you eat it in reasonable amounts, just as no food will miraculously make you lose weight. Some foods are simply more calorific than others. Weight gain is only ever dependent on your overall calorie intake.
Starchy foods (foods rich in carbohydrates) provide energy over the long term as well as good satiety. Therefore, consuming carbohydrates leads to a reduced appetite and, as a result, a lower food intake. With that in mind, it’s clear that carbohydrates can help you to avoid gaining weight!
Lipids are the most calorific nutrient, with 9kcal per gram. Nevertheless, they are essential for ensuring the proper functioning of the body. While they should be consumed in moderation, with a focus on unsaturated fatty acids (omega 3, 6 and 9) instead of saturated and trans fatty acids, they should certainly not be removed entirely from any diet.
It’s important to remember that foods that are considered as a “fat” at first glance may not necessarily be bad for you.
Be careful! Cognitive dietary restraint is the best way to ensure a gain in weight. Rigid control of what you eat and restrictive eating usually leads to compulsive snacking.
It’s always nice to reward yourself from time to time. A small piece of chocolate with your tea or coffee is unlikely to lead to weight gain or indeed prevent you from losing weight.
Do you really think that skipping a meal to in order to speed up weight loss is a good idea? Eating when you are hungry is actually one of the first rules to follow when you are on a diet!
Skipping a meal because you are not hungry is not the same as fasting to lose weight quicker. Should you decide to skip a meal, there is an increased chance that you will feel the need to eat something sooner rather than later. This can often lead to impulse eating such as snacking.
Following a dissociated diet
Innovative and new, the dissociated diet is fashionable among those who wish to lose weight.
Following a dissociated diet is akin to eating only one food, often a fruit or vegetable, over a certain period of time. This type of restrictive diet is likely to lead to weight loss, however, there is a good chance that you will put everything back on once the diet has finished!
The likelihood is that you will miss the foods that you do not consume during your diet so much that you will end up consuming them in excess after your diet.
Regular physical activity will definitely help you lose weight – especially if you improve your eating habits.
However, 2 to 3 hours of sport per day will only be effective if you adopt a varied and balanced alongside it.