If you are trying to lose weight, you have probably been online and have looked at all the conflicting advice out there. The danger of all this conflicting advice is that most of it is provided by non-experts and is focused on fad diets. Crash and fad diets can often yield temporary results and can fail you long term. The best way to lose weight is to change your lifestyle and follow a tailored nutrition plan, and most of all, ignore these weight loss myths.

Skipping breakfast will make you lose weight
Skipping breakfast is one of the worst things you can do in regards to weight loss. Skipping breakfast will make you hungry and crave the bad foods, such as high GI carbs, and you are more likely to snack throughout the day instead. Always enjoy a balanced and healthy breakfast that is composed of slow digesting carbohydrates and a clean protein source.

Eat less, move more is good advice….
Moving more is always good advice but eating less is terrible advice. Weight loss should always be done in a healthy fashion and you should follow a tailored nutrition plan, which will account for your macronutrient needs. Eating smaller meals frequently throughout a day is better for the metabolism and weight loss. The only things you should be cutting from your diet are saturated fats and sugar loaded treats.

Carbs make you fat
Carbohydrates alone do not make you fat. Carbohydrates are an essential part of your diet and your bodies preferred source of glycogen for energy. You need carb for concentration and physical energy. Fad diets cut carbs as a way of losing weight fast but this can cause your body to cling onto its fat through fear of being starved. Don’t cut the carbs, be sensible with your choices and enjoy low GI — slow digesting carbs such as oats and sweet potatoes will keep you fuller for longer.

Fat makes you fat
This is one of the most damaging weight loss myths. Fat is essential for your body’s health. Dietary fats are essential to give your body energy and to support cell growth. They also help protect your organs and help keep your body warm. Fats also help your body absorb some nutrients and produce important hormones. However, you need to get your fats from healthy sources such as nuts, seeds, and salmon to name a few examples.

When you are embarking upon your weight loss journey remember that one size doesn’t fit all in regards to slimming, weight loss clubs, and fad diets. All these things are designed to keep you coming back for more and simply aren’t sustainable if you want to stay in shape or continue to lose weight. With the help of a qualified professional make the lifestyle changes you need to and follow the correct nutrition plan.

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