We get it. Losing weight can be challenging, and even more difficult cutting through the clutter when it comes to truth verses myth about weight-loss plans. You’ve tried it all: from skipping breakfast; nothing but yoga; exercising only on an empty stomach; eating while standing up; to trying celebrity fruit, vegetable and taco fad diets to no avail. Your heart is in it, but these gimmicks and misconceptions are sabotaging even your best attempts at shedding those unwanted pounds.
That’s why we want to cast some light on some of the most common myths when fighting the battle of the bulge:
- Eat whatever you want as long as you exercise.
You know that slice of chocolate cake you feel you deserve that’s about 500 calories? It takes about five miles of jogging to burn it off. That’s not how it works, increasing calories one way and reducing them in another. It requires more than just slipping into your sneakers—it takes real lifestyle changes that include cutting calories, eating healthier and regular physical activity. This successful, sustainable plan is not only vital for weight loss, but it’s best for your overall health as well.
- Skipping meals, such as breakfast, is a smart weight-loss strategy.
YUP—it’s officially a myth AND a bad idea. In fact, skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do to lose weight. Let’s start with breakfast—ALWAYS eat it! Studies show that those who eat breakfast exhibit healthier weights than those who skip it. It not only sets the stage for the day, but a breakfast with protein and fiber helps keep blood sugar levels stable and provides better fuel throughout the morning! In general, skipping meals tricks your hungry body into storing calories as fat and often tempts you to overindulge later.
- ALL CARBS make you fat; ALL FAT makes you fat.
What’s up with that? Let’s start with carbs first, which are not all created equal. It’s best to say goodbye to processed carbohydrates high in sugar and white flour, and say hello to whole grain breads, legumes, fruits and vegetables, rich in nutrients and fiber. The same applies to fats—there are good guys and bad ones. Saturated fats, such as in dairy products and trans-fats in foods such as packaged snack foods and margarine, can raise your cholesterol and increase your risk for heart disease. However, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, such as in avocados, olives, pumpkin seeds and walnuts, help to lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Don’t even think about eating snacks and desserts when it comes to weight loss.
The good news? There’s room for both, as long as you monitor portion control. It’s not about the yummy stuff you’re eating—it’s the extra helpings you keep piling on your plate! Plus, eating between meals helps to fight off the urge to overeat later. Rather than stopping by your favorite vending machine for chips and cookies, outsmart your hungry stomach and take your own fruits, vegetables or low-fat yogurt to work or sip on a delicious fruit smoothie in the afternoon. And, denying yourself those favorite desserts from time to time will lead to discouragement and ultimately tempt you to stumble on your weight loss objectives.
What’s NOT a myth is working with The Prather Plan—a Medical Weight Loss Program, where you experience the whole person approach. Tailored to your specific needs, our medically supervised program is so much more than diet and exercise. It’s a journey toward a healthier lifestyle where we’re committed to helping you make healthy choices and staying on your plan so you’ll see real results. For more information, go to http://www.thepratherpractice.com/medical-weight-loss-program/