When it comes to weight loss there is so much information available about what diets are best for us and it seems to change from one week to the next! It is no wonder that trying to work out what to eat is becoming increasingly difficult. If you do a Google search on diets you get a result of 74 million pages…..where do you start?
It seems there are ‘new’ diets being released all the time from the 5:2 diet where you severely restrict calories for 2 days a week to the ridiculous le forking diet where you only eat using a fork, each and every one claiming the pounds will drop off!
A fifth of the UK population are on a diet of one form or another at any one time, but yet our waistlines are still expanding!
So what are some of the biggest myths of the diet industry?
Calories in Vs Calories out
This assumption that if we follow a certain diet that our bodies will all respond in the same way is a dangerous notion, we are all different!
Eliminate Fat from your diet
Actually fats are a essential part of your diet and have been demonised for too long! Good fats found in foods like nuts, avocado, olives and dairy give you energy, help rebuild cells and produce hormones.
Eating late at night makes you fat
It is not about what time of day you eat, it’s about what and how much, accompanied with your level of activity. There is no evidence to support that eating after 7pm makes you fat!
Skipping breakfast makes you gain weight.
Eating a healthy breakfast can help you manage your hunger later in the day and help you to say, no to unhealthy snacks. No scientific studies have shown that skipping the morning meal leads directly to weight gain.
Some foods burn fat.
No foods can burn fat. Some food with caffeine may speed up your metabolism for a very short time, but they do not cause weight loss.
I think the message here is to find something that works for you, all the information and knowledge in the world won’t change a thing if it is not sustainable for you!
Slimming down and getting healthier doesn’t have to be about deprivation or superhuman feats of willpower. Instead, why not create and enjoy a new relationship with food–including those treats you love the most–while feeling fabulous inside and out.
So ditch all of those diets that work great . . . until they don’t and find a solution that works for you, get back in touch with your body and eat intuitively.
Wouldn’t it be great to stop obsessing about food, not having to account for every morsal that passes your lips, to be able to have complete control around food, to be free to make the right choices for you! Well you can, if you listen carefully your body will tell you all the information you need about what is right for you!