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5 Misconceptions About Weight Loss, For Those Looking to Lose it Fast

5 Misconceptions About Weight Loss, For Those Looking to Lose it Fast

It’s the issue that’s weighing heavily on our national conscious – Australia is putting on weight at an alarming rate. In fact research from the 2011–12 Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Health Survey found that two thirds of Australians are classified as overweight or obese. So it’s time to stop sugar coating, we have a problem that requires a solution. The only issue is when it comes to finding the truth in the great weight debate, sometimes there’s too much noise and not enough information.

If you’re on a mission to shed the kilos but aren’t looking to fall victim to false theories, then read on for the five biggest misconceptions about weight loss. And you may even discover some top tips to get you healthy in a hurry!

Here are five misconceptions about weight loss, for those looking to lose it fast.

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Misconception #1: The quick fix exists

Anyone who has battled the bulge is no stranger to the quick fix. We’re talking juice cleanses, miracle shakes, lemon juice detox. But do they work? Not at all, according to weight loss experts.

“These diets may make you feel lighter in the short term but it’s simply due to fluid loss,” says Pip Reed, founder of The Health Clinic.

The reality is there is no such thing as a quick fix. One increasingly common method of weight loss is surgery, but even keyhole – a popular procedure in Australia – isn’t a shortcut.

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“People think weight loss surgery is a quick fix but it requires commitment,” explains Dr James Chau, a bariatric surgeon at the Weightloss and Keyhole surgery centre. “You need to stick to an exercise and nutrition plan, weight loss doesn’t just stop after the surgery!”

Misconception #2: I go to the gym, therefore I should be thin

Exercise is often seen as the crucial element in reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight. However, with so many external factors that contribute to weight loss, if you’re failing to see results, exercise could be having the opposite effect.

“You may be putting on weight as you increase exercise intensity in a bid to lose the weight,” Pip says. “This can cause more damage, inflammation and weight gain.”

Misconception #3: The weight is gone and so too are my worries!

Once you’ve dropped the necessary kilos it’s tempting to think that the hard work is over, unfortunately, keeping weight off is harder than losing it!

“Keeping weight off is definitely harder,” says naturopath Lisa Guy. “The only true way to keep it off is if you make healthy dietary and lifestyle changes for life, not just for 2 weeks.”

Seems that most experts agree maintenance is the key.

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“Even with surgery, the maintenance is crucial,” explains Dr Chau. “The period following any substantial weight loss is when the true test begins; you have to form healthy habits.”

Misconception #4: I’m overweight, therefore unhealthy

Being overweight doesn’t necessarily equate to being unhealthy, which can be frustrating for those piling on the pounds.

“Excess weight can be a sign of a hidden factor and it’s addressing that factor that can best assist weight loss goals,” nutritionist, Chef and Author Zoe Bingley Pullin explains.

Misconception #5: Tasty foods are off the menu

Most people tend to associate weight loss with bland, tasteless meals but the two are not mutually exclusive:

“Tasty foods are off the menu – healthy does not mean tasteless and everything in moderation can be enjoyed as part of a weight loss plan,” says Zoe. And just because you’re looking to lose weight it doesn’t mean you can’t eat out with friends: “it’s possible to adapt meals by reducing portion of meat or carbs in replace of extra vegetables”.

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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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