Jan 1, 2010

Soule Restaurant: Weight Loss Myths DEBUNKED

Lose weight by not eating.

When you don’t eat regularly, your body goes into starvation mode. This means that the metabolism slows, causing feelings of sluggishness and lethargy, and when you do eat, it will hold onto the fat in preparation for another period without food.

“Lose 30 pounds in 30 days.”

Any diet plan that boasts enormous losses in a short period are false and unhealthy. The healthy way to lose weight and maintain the loss is gradually.

Fat is bad for you.

Some fats are unhealthy and some are good, and necessary. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is an essential fatty acid commonly recommended by doctors for weight loss.

Carbohydrates are bad for you.

First it was fat, and now carbs. Unhealthy carbohydrates such as white sugar and processed grains should be avoided for optimal weight loss. Complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables and whole grains, provide vital vitamins and fiber to aid digestion.

Don’t eat after 6 pm.

Studies show that the time you eat makes absolutely no difference. The key is to make healthy choices and exercise.

Snacking is bad.

Actually, healthy snacks in between meals will prevent your body from going into starvation mode. Healthy choices and moderation are key.

Certain Foods Make You Burn Calories.

Although there are some foods that increase your metabolism, the amount is insignificant. A better way to lose weight is to lift weights. More muscle increases the number of calories your body burns when at rest.

And don’t worry about bulking up; few can boast to having genes that accidentally make them a bodybuilder.

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