Let’s look at the most common MYTHS that make weight & fat loss harder than it needs to be!
Myth #1 – Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day
One of the most simple and effective strategies to effortlessly drop fat is to actually skip breakfast. The idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is flat out wrong.
Now, please do not misinterpret what I just said, if breakfast is your favourite meal of the day & you need that to fuel your day then go for it, BUT DON’T just eat breakfast daily when your body isn’t even hungry or because you are worried you will binge later (a belief most of us have because we were always told to NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST if you want to lose weight!) – Simply a myth!
In actuality, skipping breakfast is one of the best strategies you can employ for you health and to make losing fat effortless! Check out my other post regarding breakfast and what research have shown here.
By skipping breakfast – growth hormone levels sky rocket, this helps ramp up fat burning, while preserving your lean body mass.
Interestingly enough, when your body is burning body fat for energy, you stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. This keeps you alert, focused and energetic, and it has a hunger blunting effect.
The benefits don’t end there! Intermittent fasting has been shown to have neuroprotective properties, improve brain health and may possibly have life extension benefits. More benefits here.
And from my personal experience and that of several others, it seems to work wonders for improving skin clarity and clearing up acne 🙂
& most importantly, Fasting will also get you in touch with your bodies real food requirements, not the false hunger that your mind creates.
You break down the psychological attachment to eating and you’ll begin to naturally crave the foods your body really wants – lean proteins, veggies, fruits…
Myth #2 – You Need To Eat Small Meals Every Few Hours
One of my favourite myths to beat to death is the whole idea that you have to eat every few hours to keep your metabolism running on ‘high gear’. It’s actually one of the stupidest myths in existence. It’s based on the concept of the Thermogenic Effect of Food.
Meaning, when we eat food, it takes a little bit of energy to process and digest that meal. So many people’s logical conclusion is to eat more often to maximize the thermogenic effect of food. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make a lick of a difference how often you eat.
It’s about total food volume. So if you eat 1600 calories across two meals or six meals, you’ll still burn the same amount of calories digesting. The difference being, if you eat 6 meals, you’re looking at roughly 250-275 calories per meal, that’s hardly a meal for a kid, let alone an adult.
Point it, You Can Actually Eat Big Meals & Drop Fat 🙂
In the six meal example, you could eat a few slices of chicken and a few spoon full’s of rice and that’s your meal! No wonder people think getting an amazing body is torture. They’re teasing themselves with small bites of food every few hours because they think they have to.
We all want to have that big meal we can look forward to each day. That truly fulfils and satisfies us! Otherwise, it’s all sacrifice and no reward! Think about it people …
Myth #3 – Categorizing Food Into Good And Bad
While I’m all for basing your diet off healthy, natural foods, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy treats in a little moderation. In fact, the mainstream obsession with labeling specific foods as good and specific foods as bad is making it harder and harder to drop weight & fat.
As long as you are eating the proper amount of calories, you will lose weight.
Funny enough, people with the good food bad food mentality actually tend to eat more calories. This is because when they feel a food is ‘good for them’ they feel like they can eat as much of it as they want.
Even though they may be eating lots of ‘healthy foods’ it’s still easy to overeat calories. This is especially true for women, who burn less calories than men, because, on average, they are smaller. The other issue is that when you deprive yourself of eating the foods that you want, you will eventually give in. Then we tell ourselves, well I already blew my diet, so I may as well just keep eating.
This Is The Solution to Good vs Bad Foods
Forget about good food and bad foods. Find out how many calories you can eat each day and focus on hitting that number, not exactly, just ballpark it. Personally, I am not for calorie counting but this method will help you start things off and become more aware of how much you are consuming and how much your body actually needs based on your weight, height and goals! 🙂
Most of your food intake should be composed of healthy, delicious and filling foods like fruits, veggies, coconut oil for cooking, and satisfying carbs (for me, that’s potatoes and sweet potatoes). That said, if you love specific foods, well eat them. Just make sure not to go over your calories.
I will tell you now, YOU CAN EAT DELICIOUS DESSERTS EVERY NIGHT & STILL DROP FAT – trust me you can! Isn’t life pretty awesome! 🙂
One more thing to bare in mind, is that often times, foods that make ‘fat loss’ very difficult are labelled as good foods. And foods that actually are very filling are labelled as bad foods.
For example, nuts are often labelled as very healthy. & yes they are but they are more calorie dense than chocolate. If all you really want is a couple pieces of chocolate, but instead you snack on nuts, you will unquestionably eat a lot more nuts without feeling truly satisfied.
Similarly, often times brown rice is labelled as a ‘good food’. Yet potatoes are not! Interestingly enough, potatoes are one of the most filling foods in existence, and rice (brown or otherwise), doesn’t even come close to the filling effects of potatoes.
There’s no need to stress that having a little sugar at night is going to wreak havoc on your body, it’s not! It’s a matter of context. And if you’re eating less than you burn, there’s very little likelihood that you’re overdoing it.
Myth #4 – You Need To Cut Out Carbs Or Fats (I just want to kill the person who started this bullshit!!)
In the 80’s it was all about eating low fat, the common consensus was that fat made you fat.
Then in the 90’s and 2000’s +, the low carb era hit! People believed if they kept carbs very low, they would be burning fat all the time. But the fact of that matter is that people have successfully lost weight eating low carbs and they’ve successfully lost weight eating low fat. How?
The common denominator is eating less calories than your body burns! If cutting out carbs or fats get you to eat less, well that’s going to result in some weight loss, obviously!
When you understand that neither carbs, nor fats are inherently evil, well you can enjoy them both, in moderation, while dropping fat and looking great.
You can enjoy ice cream, pizza, hamburgers, french fries, on occasion… All of which have both fat and carbs. And yes, you can eat these foods and drop fat, if you work them into your calorie intake for the day.
Finally, because you’re not restricting fats or carbs, you’ll likely feel way better! Fats are vital to a women’s hormonal production, going low in fat can wreak havoc on your body. Trust me you need them good fats (avocado, nuts, coconut oil) for that glowing skin 😉
Going low in carbs will reduce the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, making you less happy, relaxed and making sleep more difficult. CARB THE FUCK UP PEOPLE! That’s what we are supposed to live on, fruits, vegetable and starch are all carbs that our body and mind NEEDS TO FUNCTION! No wonder women are always moody and feel tired when they are on a diet! It just ISN’T NATURAL TO STARVE YOUR BODY OF CARBS & FATS! Simply isn’t…
I suggest eating a balanced intake of food, and eating most nutrient dense food which will keep you & your body satisfied, hence no more chocolate & crisps cravings! 🙂
As long as you’re eating predominately healthy, natural foods and avoiding chemical filled, trans fat latent junk, then you’re fine
- You are allowed to skip breakfast if you’re not hungry, in fact I encourage you to do so, in order to get more in touch with your body and differentiate between real hunger vs. habit!
- Eat foods that are more filling & satisfying – it’s better to enjoy a burger for dinner than eating a boring unsatisfying salad which will probably lead you to binge on chocolate later on that evening or that week! Therefore, screwing your diet, making you frustrated and having to think you have to start all over on Monday!
- Eat mainly a variety of nutrient dense food – this will keep those mid night craving history!
- Remember that you can enjoy EVERYTHING & ANYTHING in moderation – we all need some chocolate to stay sane! 🙂
- & finally, Eat when you’re hungry and stop when your not – SIMPLE!
Apologies for the long post but I really think that this should be shared with everyone! Too much misleading & contradicting information out there causing us to give up on that body we all dream to have… its simple guys, listen closely to your body, make sure you feed it whole nutrient dense food & treat it every now and then. Do not starve yourself and don’t over complicate it! 🙂
“If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place”
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Lots of Love, Arwa X