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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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