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5 Common Misconceptions People Have About Weight Loss

5 Common Misconceptions People Have About Weight Loss

Losing weight is hard, there is no lie about that. It requires sacrifice and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. More concerning, is the vast amount of information that is available online to help you lose weight. It’s hard enough losing weight, but it’s even harder knowing what information to rely upon.

Here are 5 Common Misconceptions People Have About Weight Loss:

1. Cheat meals can actually make you healthier.

Most people think of a cheat meal as an unhealthy indulgence while eating a healthy and balanced diet. The term “cheat meal”, can be misleading. As noted in a study by King’s College London, researchers found that the bacteria that is present in our gastrointestinal tract is more essential and important than counting calories when you’re trying to lose weight. Indulging in chocolate and red wine isn’t as bad as we once thought it was. The study found the good bacteria in our GI tract “adores” these foods. Why? These two foods contain polyphenols that encourage a healthy immune system and allow us to absorb vitamins essential for a healthy body to function. I’m not suggesting you go out and over-indulge in chocolate, portion is also key.

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2. Eat regularly to avoid overeating later on.

Life is busy, sometimes eating regular meals gets in the way of our plans so we may skip a meal or two. The downside of doing this is it often leads to overeating later on. Our bodies require nutrition every 3 to 4 hours to prevent our metabolism from slowing down and crankiness. When you’re too hungry, blood glucose level drops significantly and then you will crave for more than needed.

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3. Exercise does not burn as many calories as you have been lead to believe.

We often think that when we exercise we can eat anything and everything we want to. The truth is when you exercise your appetite increases, but the misconception lies within how many calories you actually burned while exercising. In this article, To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More, it emphasizes what you don’t eat is far more important than exercising.

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4. Invest in walking every day rather than a fad fitness class.

A walk after a meal or right when you get home from work may be more beneficial than signing up for the newest and hottest fitness class. In a recent study conducted by Cornell University it is found that walking is the most “nutritious” exercise available. By getting in the habit of walking regularly you can save money rather than spending it on the hottest and trendiest fitness class. Plus, a regular walking regiment is more sustainable in the long run.

5. Stop cutting fat from your diet. Sugars and carbohydrates sabotage your diet.

Once upon a time it was a widely accepted to lose weight you must cut down on your fat consumption. Modern research has disproved this school of thought and has named sugar and carbohydrates as the culprits that sabotage weight loss. In this article, Pass the Butter: The Expert were all wrong, it states that carbohydrates and sugar are very recent additions to our diets and our bodies are not used to this new addition to our diets. Shift your focus from avoiding healthy fats to avoiding excessive sugars and carbohydrates.

Conclusion

Losing weight is hard and it becomes even more difficult with misleading information that is available everywhere. When push comes to shove, be mindful of these 5 misconceptions of weight loss and begin your journey of a healthier and more fit lifestyle.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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