When it comes to weight loss tips there is so much contradictory advice around that it can be difficult to tell what will work and what is simply rubbish.
Of course the advice given from a friend may not be the most reliable, yet the advice from so-called experts are often not much better either.
So what are some of the worst weight loss tips that we have heard? Here are a few of them that could actually cause you to gain weight.
#1: You need to stop eating before 7pm
The time you stop eating has little impact on your weight, all that really matters is how much you eat and what it is you are eating.
Instead of saying you must stop eating at a certain time, maybe you would see better results if you instead gave yourself a daily calorie allowance to stick to.
#2: Cardio is the best form of exercise for weight loss
Of course any exercise is better than no exercise, but if you are relying solely on cardio then you may not be seeing the best results for your hard work.
Cardio will undoubtedly burn calories, but only while you are working out. A more effective way to burn calories would be with strength training.
With strength training (weight lifting for example) you will be burning calories during the workout and for up to 24 hours later too.
Strength training can also help to build muscle too, which will also help to raise your resting metabolic rate or RMR. This means that you will be able to burn more calories even while you are rest.
#3: You should weigh yourself daily
While it is a good idea to weigh yourself now and then to check your progress it is not recommended that you weigh daily.
The truth is that your weight will fluctuate daily and you could find that you will weigh a few pounds more on certain days.
Your weight fluctuations can be caused by various reasons, for example what you eat or drink has an impact, as well as your hormones too.
Weighing daily and not seeing a weight loss can be discouraging and may even make you quit your efforts.
The numbers on the scale are not even that important really, if I were you I would focus on how you look and feel. Are your clothes feeling less tight and are your energy levels better than before?
#4: If you exercise you don’t have to worry about your diet
This weight loss tip is just wrong, as even though you have burnt off a few hundred calories in the gym you should still try to eat as healthily as possible.
Think about it this way, would you not see better results if you exercised and dieted?
#5: You should cut out all carbs
There are various diets out there that advocate the cutting of all carbohydrates from your diet.
While these may help with weight loss in the short term they may not be the best long term.
The reason for this is that your body needs the energy that carbohydrates provide. Therefore it is not the best idea to cut all carbs from your diet.
What you could do instead is to cut back on your intake of bread, pasta and rice, but to replace them with complex carbs like quinoa and barley.
There is also bread and pasta available that is made from whole wheat that you can eat too.
#6: You can skip meals to save calories
This is another silly tip that is unlikely to result in the long term results you desire.
While skipping meals will help you to save calories your body will fight against the weight loss as your metabolism will slow.
When you then start eating properly again, as your metabolism is slow you will be unable to burn off those calories so weight gain could become an issue.
#7: You should choose diet drinks
While there are fewer calories in the diet versions of your favourite drinks you may find that the artificial sweeteners that they contain will cause you to experience more sugar cravings than the regular version.
I suggest that you skip the soft drinks entirely and to drink water instead.
Water contains zero calories, and can help to curb your appetite.
#8: You should avoid all fats
Again this is total rubbish as your body needs fat to function properly.
However, this is not to say that all fat is good. You should still try to avoid saturated and trans fats, so the junk food is best avoided.
Instead try to fill up on good fats, like those found in avocado, olive oil and nuts.