Dieting can be hard. Not because it’s hard to eat healthy or exercise more – the rules are pretty straightforward. What makes it challenging is an avalanche of made up principles and theories that are supposed to make it easier for you to lose weight. But in fact, all these myths floating around are harmful to anyone trying to get in shape, because they lead to people being confused and disoriented. With so many rules to follow, we are likely to give up. That is why in this article our Brooksville dietitian is busting some of the popular misconceptions about dieting. Keep reading to find out if you’ve been fooled by these as well!
1. Myth 1: Tracking your macros is the only way to go
Tracking macros basically means you weigh and count the amount of fat, protein and carbs you consume in every meal. And while it’s important to eat a balanced diet, who would want to spend time before each and every meal trying to see what is the percentage of protein in their lunch?! Well, according to our Brooksville dietitian, you don’t need to know exactly how much macros you consume. All you need is a basic knowledge of food and what it consists of. If, for example, you know the main sources of protein, fat and carbohydrates, you will be able to roughly estimate if the meal you’re about to eat is balanced. And if ever in doubt – just eat the rainbow. Remember – the more NATURAL colors are on your plate, the more vitamins your meal has (and no, we don’t mean putting sprinkles on everything you eat! 😉 )
2. Myth 2: Drinking water only when you’re thirsty
Sorry to break that water bubble, but if you’re feeling thirsty, that means your body is already dehydrated. You can read about the consequences of dehydration in this article. Water is like this magical, life-giving potion that we don’t give enough credit to, AND we don’t take full advantage of! Here’s a tip from our Brooksville dietitian: if you want to lose weight faster, drink at least 2 litres of water everyday. Here are just a couple of benefits of drinking water: helps muscle building (the more muscle you have, the faster you get rid of fat!), helps fight conditions such as fever, asthma, depression, joint inflammation, headache, stomachache, acne… the list goes on. Need I say more?
3. Myth 3: You need at least 1 hour of cardio everyday
No, no, and once again – no. This is what our patients usually struggle with the most. ‘I hate running!’. ‘I don’t have time to spend hours on the gym everyday!’. The good news is – not only you don’t have to do that, but in fact, it’s better if you DON’T. First of all – too much exercise is going to overburden your body, hence make you tired, hungry and demotivated. Plus, if the muscles don’t get the time to rest, they simply don’t grow.
According to our Brooksville dietitian, a 20-minute-long session of resistance training 3 times a week is enough to fight that stubborn belly fat. Squats, lunges, lifting weights – that’s what’s going to make you fit. Same goes if you are a woman – don’t worry, lifting weights a couple of times a week will not make you look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Instead, it will tone and slim your body in the way you’ve always wanted.
If you’re looking to lose weight and get back in shape, our Brooksville Dietitian is here for you. If you have any questions at all, or would like to make an appointment, visit our website or simply give us a call. We look forward to seeing you!