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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 November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

Featured photo credit: Hanny Naibaho via unsplash.com

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