How to be successful in your weight loss journey – weight loss myths

August 8th 2016

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The Olympics is on and many of us are wondering what it takes to be a success, so I thought I would jot down a few words on the myths that surround weight loss and why some of you may not be making a success of your weight loss journey, why your thighs may chafe and why the lads at the pub and your kids, still poke fun at your beer belly..(we know it happens!)

Myself and Hotlips (aka the missus) took a trip to the beach and we noticed that around 6 out of 10 people were overweight, some were even struggling to walk without being out of breath.

Now then, I don’t blame them, I blame the myths that surround weight loss and the way the media and some ill-informed trainers push diet shake products or use google for their education.

Here are 9 myths that surround weight loss.

1. The only way to lose weight is to Starve Myself
So many people think about this before the summer holidays, they crash diet to drop a dress size or to tighten the belt loops. But if only you knew that this can lead to longer term weight gain. The problem is that this type of weight loss is not sustainable, you will crave high sugar, high fat foods, leading you to binge and eat too much, therefore you will put the weight back on.

 2. If I beast myself 7 days a week at the gym, I will lose loads of weight
This statement is false. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you will need to make small changes with your habits and stick to them. This means building a bit of structure into your routine. Try working out 3 x per week in a structured format, with a slight calorie deficit and you will hit your goals in a more sustainable manner.

 3. Slimming Pills or secret magic shakes are effective for Long-Term Weight Loss
No, they’re not.  I have no words for this statement, i’m just gonna advise to stop looking for the quick fix and make the small changes that will affect, not only you but your kid’s lifestyle. Kids look up to their parents and if you have a bad relationship with food, so will they. A quick fix is not a challenge, it keeps you in your comfort zone and will make you rebound back even more so after the FAD diet shake seller has moved onto their next victim

 4. Eating healthy cost too much
This is not true and could be a scaremongering tactic by the diet shake sellers who claim their shakes are cheaper than real food… don’t get duped….If you bought all the ingredients yourself and made bulk meals, they are around 50% cheaper than buying packet food, that could be high in saturated fat, salt and sugars.

 5. If something is labelled low fat, it must be healthy
Just because something says half fat/reduced fat etc, it doesn’t mean it is a healthy choice, it may still be high in sugar and if it was 50 grams of fat per serving, it could still have 25 grams of fat per serving
  
 6. Margarine is better for you than Butter
Margarine and butter contain different types of fat. Margarine is usually lower in saturated fat than butter. But it’s more likely to contain hydrogenated fats. Hydrogenated fats, also called trans fats, may be more harmful to health than saturated fats.

7. Carbohydrates Makes you Put on Weight
This is one of the statements that riles me up more than most. It is usually a statement from a non-educated trainer, who may also tell you not to eat carbs at night…duh..! If you eat an excess of anything, you will put on weight (excess fat, excess carbs, excess protein!)

8. Don’t eat snacks and you will lose Weight
As above, if you eat anything in excess, you will not lose weight, the snacking is not the problem, the excess food in your diet with a lack of exercise is why you may put on weight and this is your problem.

9. Skipping Meals is a Good Way to Lose Weight
Skipping meals is not a good idea. To lose weight and keep it off, you have to reduce the amount of calories you consume, or increase the calories you burn through exercise. But skipping meals altogether can result in tiredness and poor nutrition. You will also be more likely to snack on high-fat and high-sugar foods, which could result in weight gain.


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I Hope you have taken some good information away from this and manage to stay on track and be a success in your fitness journey, if not for you, then for your kids.
 
Sean Cole
Head Coach