Tired of failed weight loss attempts and workout plans that just don’t work out? Maybe you have succumbed to some of the weight loss myths that promise success and fail to deliver.
Start with de-bunking these three and get yourself back on track to reach your weight loss goals:
1. I’ll lose more weight by exercising hungry
Yes it’s true you might, as without an easily accessible carbohydrate source from having recently eaten, your body will turn to fat as a fuel source.
Carbohydrates - and the glucose they yields - are the body’s main source of fuel and most efficient energy source. Fat is used second when glucose is not available. But fat is hard for your body to use as energy efficiently, and you may end up actually feeling like you struggle through your entire workout and are tired the whole time. This may make it hard for you to work to your full capacity and leave you putting in less effort or cutting your workout short.
In the end, you won’t burn as many calories or require as much of your fat for energy, and as a result, you won’t be any further ahead. If this sounds like you on your early morning, pre-breakfast workouts, try to fuel your body with a small amount of carbohydrate, such as a date or half a banana. Since it’s small, it won’t be filling you up with a lot of extra calories, but will be enough to get your system revved up for an energy loaded, calorie-blasting workout.
2. I need to cut out carbs
Just like it says above, carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel, and in fact, are the only source of energy that the brain is able to use to function.
The premise behind a low carbohydrate diet is to force the body to burn fat instead. The thing is though, that the body is quite resistant to burning fat, as it is much more metabolically demanding in return for the energy it yields. This means, it is hard to make your body continue to burn fat, and you may regularly feel sluggish and lethargic due to decreased energy sources.
Not to mention, because our body is designed to run on carbohydrates, eliminating them simply leads your body to crave them more because it feels like it is depleted and not getting enough fuel.
Sooner or later, you’re bound to binge on carbohydrates, and will be right back where you started. A better solution is to fuel up on whole grain carbohydrates that fill you up and to consume them with a source of healthy fat and protein.
3. Vegan and gluten free is healthier
Jumping on the latest trend towards gluten free and vegan may not be as surefire a way to budging the scale as you thought.
In the last couple of years, we have seen a surge of gluten free and vegan products hit the market. And with the promise of being dairy free, made without grains and having no animal products, the assumption has been that the products are automatically a healthier choice and a perfect solution for helping in weight loss.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
In reality, done wrong, gluten free and vegan products taste terrible! It is after all, the fat from butter and animals, and the rising power of gluten that leads to both the taste and texture we have come to know and love in many of our favorite foods (think bacon, pastries and fresh bread!).
As a result, companies have been forced to replicate said tastes and textures with alternatives. And in many incidences, said alternatives are not that healthy! It often involves extra sugar, extra salt, or extra processed ingredients, which are artificially produced to act like their animal and gluten counterparts.
If you are keen to cut out gluten and go vegan, do so by filling your diet with natural alternatives and lots of whole food choices, as opposed to simply buying gluten free products and fake meats!