A Few Weight Loss Myths

1. Skipping meals will help you lose weight. Skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do! It will cause your metabolism to slow down, and you will be so hungry later that you will most likely overeat at your next meal. You should be eating 3 small meals a day with healthy snacks in between. Never go more than 3 hours without eating! By never letting yourself get extremely hungry, you will be less likely to give into the temptation to eat junk food!

2. Extreme weight loss is safe. Severely limiting calories is NOT the way to lose weight. It not only slows down your metabolism, but also breaks down muscle-NOT a good thing! It can also lead to serious health problems, such as kidney stones and liver stress. A healthy weight to lose is one to two pounds a week at most. Lose more than that, and you will almost always gain it back!

3. You must go on a strict diet to lose weight. Severly restricting calories will cause your body to go into starvation mode and will actually store what food you eat as FAT! Because this will cause your metabolism to decrease, you may actually gain weight, not lose it. Instead, choose healthy foods from all food groups, and make sure you are eating every 2 to 3 hours to keep your metabolism elevated.

4. Eating carbs makes you gain weight. It is NOT bad to eat carbohydrates! They are your body's main source of energy, and the only source of energy for your brain. You just have to make sure that you are choosing the right KIND of carbs-complex carbs, such as 100% whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans. Avoid sugar, white flour, and processed foods as much as possible!!!! (white rice, white pasta, white bread, etc.)

5.Low intensity exercise is the best for losing weight. Actually, high intensity exercise burns more overall calories than low intensity exercise and in a shorter amount of time! To achieve a higher intensity level in your workout, try adding in some interval training. Try jogging or walking as fast as you can for 30 to 60 seconds, then slow it down and walk for a minute or two. Repeat this for 15 to 20 minutes. It's that simple! Just make sure you are really going as hard as you can during those 30 to 60 seconds of high intensity. Intervals have been shown to keep your metabolism elevated for hours and hours after you have finished exercising, meaning that you will continue to burn calories for the rest of the day!

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