When it comes to weight loss, it seems like just about everyone has their own share of advice that they like to frequently pass on to others in every social gathering. However, more and more studies are now showing we need to forget about a lot of ‘common knowledge’ weight loss tips we once thought were true.
You Need to Cut Out Carbs
Not all carbs are created equal. A lot of trendy diets like Atkins and Paleo diets claim that a low carbohydrate diet is the key to weight loss. These claims are based on no scientific evidence at all. Think about it – fruit and vegetables contain carbohydrates and they are the most nutritious food groups out there right? Healthy, slow releasing carbs help to keep you full, decrease sugar cravings, and prevent development of common diseases such as diabetes. Not eating carbs is not going to magically help you lose weight, but changing the type of carbs you eat might.
You Only Need to Focus on Calorie Counting
Yes, technically speaking the most important thing when it comes to weight loss is using up more calories than you take in. Eating two McDonald’s meals a day will contain the same amount of calories as a healthy weight loss plan with 4-5 meals that meet all your bodies nutrient requirements. One will make you lose weight and the other will not. The human body is a highly complex biochemical system with elaborate processes that regulate energy balance. Different foods and macronutrients have a major effect on the hormones and brain centres that control hunger and eating behaviour.
Do Ab Exercises to Lose Belly Fat
Everyone loses weight differently. Some lose from their face or arms first, others from their thighs. No exercise you do will cause you to lose weight from a specific area. So, sit ups are great and will help you strengthen your core, but unfortunately they won’t help you lose the belly fat.
‘Diet’ Foods Will Help You Lose Weight
Diet food products can be found in all supermarkets nowadays – low fat dairy, diet biscuits and diet crisps. Most foods marketed as diet-friendly, low fat, low sugar have additives that almost always make it less healthy than its original counterpart. Food manufacturers will remove fat from a certain food product and add sugar instead. Alternatively, they will remove sugar and add fat in order to maintain the good taste. It’s a lose-lose situation! Eating full fat dairy is actually associated with a lower risk of obesity compared to low fat dairy believe it or not.