You know, trying to lose weight for me was like trying to say the alphabet backwards after drinking a half a bottle of 100 proof Scotch! It just wasn’t happening! I kept falling for the same ol’ tips and tricks that are so prevalent across the Internet, T.V., magazines, etc. in regards to weight loss, fat loss, and exercising. Well, long story short, I finally figured out the “formula” (if you want to call it that)… and that was unfortunately after failing many times with diet program after diet pill after diet program after diet pill… and on, and on!
Why Is Weight Loss Difficult?
Do you want to know what held me back, and what may be holding you back if you are trying to lose weight but aren’t getting any results? Well, in today’s post I’m going to talk about 4 very common weight loss myths that I strongly recommend you identify and avoid by all means necessary. Mixed into everything below I’ll talk about the opposite of those “stupid tips” and what DID work for me as well as many other people:
1. “Eat a lot less calories.” This one is EXTREMELY popular! SO MANY articles, websites, books, etc. you come across will tell you to eat a lot less calories and you’ll lose weight. My friend, this just doesn’t work. And the reason it doesn’t work is because if you reduce your calorie intake too much, you are going to end up slowing down your metabolism.
Just in case you didn’t know, having a slow metabolism is what will cause your body to go in “protection mode”. What happens in “protection mode” you ask? Well, when your body gets into this state, it will begin to store whatever calories you are eating as extra body fat… to protect you… because your body “thinks” you are deprived! This is one of the things that causes yo-yo weight loss and many other problems by the way.
The right thing to do is only SLIGHTLY reduce your calorie intake by a few hundred calories from your daily calorie maintenance level and burn off the remaining calories you need to in order to lose weight via exercising and daily activities.
For example, let’s say that in order to maintain your current weight, you would need to eat 3,000 calories. What I recommend you do is to only reduce that to say 2,500-2,700 calories. Next, ensure you maintain an active lifestyle… in other words, its time to get off the couch and get active! Staying active throughout the day will surprisingly burn off a TON of calories. Then, you want to make sure that you exercise and try to burn off at least 500 calories during an exercise session.
2. “Don’t drink too much water.” When I first heard this tip, I actually was excited… and that was because I couldn’t stand drinking a lot of water! However, after falling for this myth, I started to feel bloated a lot, I lost a lot of energy, I had stomach pains frequently, and I couldn’t seem to lose weight. Well, after some time I learned that not drinking enough water is exactly what will cause all of those negative setbacks to occur.
Drinking plenty of water helps your digestive system, it helps get rid of that bloated feeling, it helps you get rid of water weight, and of course, it will help with improving your total overall health. The only setback to drinking a lot of water is that you are going to be visiting the bathroom A LOT! But, it definitely is worth it.
If you want to know how much to drink, I recommend you simply divide your current body-weight in half and drink that amount in ounces of fresh water daily. If you are doing rigorous exercises, or if you have a job or business that causes you to sweat a lot, then I recommend you drink a little more than the recommended amount.
3. “Take “such and so” diet pill.” Oh boy, this is a big one! How many times have you been bombarded with advertisements, articles, and advice from your local supplement store to take such and so diet pill and you’ll get super slim fast?! Well my friend, I as well as many other people had to learn the hard way that taking diet pills is not only worthless, but it is also pretty dangerous for you.
For one, taking these diet pills rarely do what they claim (such as speed up your metabolism, shed fat, etc.). Second, taking these pills may only help you release water weight… and that’s it. Third, taking them can cause a plethora of health issues (rapid heart rate, dizziness, severe headaches, feeling jittery, and so much more). Fourth, for what they DON’T do, they sure do cost a lot of freaking money!
My friend, staying natural is by far the best thing you can do if you are trying to lose weight, burn fat, and improve your overall health. If you were to take any kind of “pill”, I would recommend healthy supplements. Some of the healthy supplements I recommend are green tea extract, chromium, fish oil (definitely), multivitamin, and if you have joint problems, I recommend MSM, chondroitin, and glucosamine (some companies have all three mixed together). I have a post HERE that goes more in detail with taking supplements for weight loss.
4. “Do a lot of cardio.” Here’s another weight loss myth. Doing a lot of cardio sounds like such a common sense recommendation for anyone trying to lose weight, doesn’t it? Simply hop on the treadmill, enter in your weight, select your speed and incline, adjust the time to 500 bazillion minutes, and walk your heart out! My friend, doing excessive cardio is not wise… and this is something else I had to learn the hard way.
Doing too much cardio will cause your body to lose muscle tissue, and this is very counterproductive, since having more muscle tissue on your body is required in order to successfully lose body fat.
What I recommend for you to do instead is high intensity interval cardio which is done within 15-30 minutes… and that’s it. This type of workout mixes in the benefits of both low and high intensity exercises. This website HERE has an excellent at-home body-weight interval cardio routine you can do.
Bottom line, if you are trying to lose weight and you just can’t seem to get anywhere with progress, then I strongly recommend you see if any of the above 4 weight loss myths have been keeping you from reaching your goals. If so, then I recommend you take note of the changes I mentioned I made and try doing the same.
If you need any help, or you have something to add, please comment below…