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9 Myths and Misconceptions That Might Be Hindering Your Weight Loss Goals

9 Myths and Misconceptions That Might Be Hindering Your Weight Loss Goals

The world’s focus on health and fitness has been highlighted, and lucky for us, there is abundant information coming to light about it. On the flip side, many people are getting confused with the overload of information. Some of the information presented about health and wellness is incorrect, and sometimes, this is done for the benefit of a brand to gain customers. Other times, it is just information that has been passed down from generation to generation. Here are some of the myths that have been disproved, and hopefully with this information, you will strive for your weight loss goals in the right way.

1. You Can Target Specific Parts of the Body

Spot reduction is a lie. One argument for an exercise like sit-ups is that it will burn the fat on your hands, back, and legs. No matter how much of one exercise that is done, there is no way to target just one single portion of the body.

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2. All Calories Are the Same

Yes, “calorie” is a unit of measurement, but not all calorie sources will have the same effect on weight. Each food has a unique metabolic pathway and will interact with hunger and hormones differently. As an example, a fat calorie, carb calorie, and protein calorie are all different in their makeup and affects the body differently. Here’s a hint: when you replace fat and carb calories with protein calories, you will have a reduced appetite, lower cravings, and a boosted metabolism.

3. It is Bad to Eat at Night

Eating past a certain time of evening will not determine whether or not you will lose weight. It is healthy to eat in the evening, more so when the food is rich in essential amino acids and omega-3s—these nutrients help the body repair itself.

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4. It is Possible to Lose Weight Fast

It is only possible to lose weight in a healthy way by shedding 1 to 2 pounds a week. Any more than that and you will risk serious health problems. Anything that promises rapid weight loss will not be good for your body.

5. If You Lose Weight Quickly, You Will Inevitably Gain it Back Again

Once the weight has been lost, you just need to ensure that you maintain your new lifestyle to continue to feel healthy as well as happy. This does involve commitment, but when you stick with it, you’re on the path to maintaining your target weight. It’s not a given that you will gain all that weight back again.

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6. One Method of Weight Loss Works for Everyone

Lifestyles will determine where on the spectrum of eating fewer calories and burning more fat each person will fall. Whether you do one or the other or even both, the result will be burning more fat- resulting in weight loss. In this same light, the same diet and exercise will not work for everyone. There are many resources online for workout plans if you are not sure where to start.

7. Meal Replacement Shakes Are the Only Way to Lose Weight

While these products do help to block hunger because of their high protein and other ingredients, you cannot depend on them. Many times, the ingredients include refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and harmful preservatives so may actually be less healthy for you.

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8. Drinking a Lot of Water Will Help You Lose Weight

Drinking an adequate amount of water on a daily basis is vital to a healthy body, as it becomes part of the blood and cells that help the body to function. But upping water intake will do nothing but make you need to use the restroom more often.

9. Fat Can Turn to Muscle

This myth can be confusing to some people because there are products that claim to be able to do so. It is possible to burn off 5 pounds of fat and build 5 pounds of muscle, but they will never be interchangeable. The chemical process for both is very different and detailed, including the fact that they are guided by different hormones.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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