So you are trying to lose weight are you? Well, if you are then you have no doubt been reading up about the various ways that you can lose that excess weight.
Unfortunately not everything you read online and in those celebrity magazines is the truth, and those diet tips that supposedly work may in fact be dangerous.
Read on to discover which popular weight loss fads are best avoided.
#1: You should cut out major food groups
You have no doubt come across diets that promote the cutting of entire food groups, most likely carbs or fats.
Yet, while these may help with your short term weight loss goals, the truth is that your body needs these food groups.
For instance your body requires carbs for energy, while fats are used for a variety of bodily functions including brain function.
Instead of completely cutting these food groups try to eat healthier versions of them.
Processed carbs (usually white foods) are quickly burnt by the body and leave you craving more.
Whereas those carbs made from whole grains are a better option that will give you the energy you require, yet will not be broken down quickly.
This is also true of fats, there are both good and bad types of fat.
While these bad foods are best avoided, the occasional indulgence will not cause too much harm.
Try to aim for a diet that is 80% healthy and you will surely start to see some promising weight loss results.
#2: You should drastically cut your intake of calories
You may think that drastically cutting your intake of calories will result in weight loss, yet while this is true this approach is simply not sustainable in the long run.
Not only does this create an unhealthy relationship with food, but this could also leave you missing vital nutrients that your body requires for good health.
What you will also find is that starving yourself will result in your metabolism slowing down. This is because your body will go into a sort of starvation mode, whereby it will attempt to cling onto its fat reserves.
As your metabolism has slowed, so will the rate that you can lose weight. Once you start eating normally again, any lost weight will quickly return. You may also gain weight in the process too.
Instead of dramatically cutting calories, try to work out how many calories you need to consume to maintain your weight (there are calculators online that can help with this calculation), then cut 200-300 calories from this amount.
It is never a good idea to go lower than 1,200 calories per day.
#3: You should work out for hours
Firstly, who has time to work out for hours? I know that with work, and family life I barely get an hour or 2 spare to myself each day.
While cardio is a good way to burn calories, too much of it can be detrimental for those looking to lose weight.
The reason for this is that too much cardio will cause a rise in production of the stress hormone cortisol. When this occurs your appetite will become an issue, while you will also be more likely to store fat too.
Rather than spending hour upon hour on the treadmill and not seeing any benefit, I would suggest instead that you try a little weight training.
With weight training you will be building muscle that will cause your metabolic rate to rise, even when you are resting.
For those who are short of time, there is also HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training, which will enable you to get a good workout without spending much time doing it.