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Wading through the daily influx of articles from the health and wellness industry leaves a lot of room for interpretation. The Internet is absolutely full of valuable resources when it comes to food, fitness, mindset and weight loss.
At the same time, the world wide web has given everyone a voice, whether or not they’re speaking the truth. For someone who is just beginning their wellness journey, the information is unquestionably difficult to navigate.
Let’s get the facts straight…
The formula for fat loss is rather simple. A healthy, balanced diet like the meal plans we feature in our 7 Day Make Ahead Meal Plan and the 9 week Happy Body Formula are designed to help you shed weight and reach your goals with ease.
While reaching our goals is NO small feat, it can be done without a miracle drug or that one “secret” to dropping ten pounds overnight. Here’s a good rule of thumb when spotting fat loss myths: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
1. Eat small meals often (5-6 times per day)
First of all, this is so unnecessarily demanding. Asking you to prepare your meals ahead of time, hit the gym a few times per week, eat the right foods in the first place, drink your water and get to bed early is demanding enough; add to that eating SIX times per day, and you’re hardly left with time to do anything besides eat!
It sounds counterintuitive, right?
Well, it kind of is. Granted, you could eat six small meals per day and lose weight – it’s not impossible. Still, you could instead opt for a less invasive meal schedule of eating three or four times per day instead and still see the same results.
Our philosophy that gears people toward success is that three satiating, well-balanced meals including protein and healthy fats should feasibly tide you over until the next meal. This is conducive to weight loss as it eliminates hunger and that ‘ravenous’ feeling we get when our blood sugar drops in between meals.
Thus, individuals are likely to achieve fat loss goals as they’re eating proper portions and reaching for snacks (especially sugary snacks!) throughout the day less.
2. Exercise is necessary for weight loss
Exercise is incredibly important. A solid fitness routine has an innumerable amount of benefits including longevity, good bone health, heart health, strong muscles and the ability to boost your mood and relieve stress.
Moreover, it can absolutely be a piece to your weight loss puzzle. In the end, though, diet matters a whole lot more than your daily sweat sesh.
Think of it this way: taking in less energy requires less energy than burning more energy. Too much energy talk for ya?
Exercise should be used as a supplemental tool during one’s weight loss journey rather than be depended on to accelerate progress. As they say, “You can’t outrun a bad diet.” Turns out, ‘they’ are right.
3. Carbs are bad… or carbs are good
If you’re delving into our nutritional philosophies here at Happy Body Formula, you may have a bit of carb confusion. The paleo diet, in particular, inherently knocks on carbs, and people are quick to automatically assume that this means all carbs are bad. False!
Moreover, people are subject to thinking that their carbohydrate intake is closely tied in with weight loss or gain. On the other hand, you might have been taught that a low carbohydrate approach can actually be dangerous. The truth is that carbs just are. Here’s what you should know:
While there is a degree of truth to the carbohydrate hate, not all carbs are created equal. By eliminating consumption of white bread, soda, processed cakes and cookies, pizza, pasta and refined sugar in general does encourage weight loss, there’s a reason beyond, “Carbs are bad!”
Refined carbohydrates are absorbed by the bloodstream very quickly, and need to be used as energy. Thus, they create a blood sugar spike and subsequent drop which leaves us hungry, irritable and craving more of the good stuff.
Generally, this leads to overconsumption of food in general which isn’t great for weight loss. Choose your carbs wisely – fruits, starchy veggies, white rice/rice noodles, oats and quinoa – and you’ll be able to better manage the impact.
4. Your metabolism is broken
Metabolic disease, thyroid issues, chronic illness and the like can actually hold back our weight loss progress, this is true. For most, though, it just requires a little extra effort.
It’s important to be aware of any hurdles you may be facing, so it’s good to test these factors as you transition into a healthier lifestyle or take on a weight loss goal.
For most people who are unaffected by these issues, metabolism is pretty straightforward. The more weight we carry, the faster our metabolism is. Often, it’s thought of as the other way around!
The math involved simply equates to the fact that the larger our body is, the more energy we have to burn to maintain our mass. This is also why it becomes increasingly difficult to shed weight as we lose more and more.
5. You have x amount of days to lose x amount of weight
Setting goals is incredibly important to our success. In fact, we’ve talked before about process-based goals vs. outcome-based goals and how to optimize the way you work towards them before.
To envision our goals and work diligently toward them is a vital part of anyone’s weight loss journey, but overestimation and unrealistic expectations aren’t doing you any favors, mentally or physically.
While this isn’t necessarily a myth, it IS a false belief that many people hold at the beginning of their respective weight loss journeys, in particular. Mindset has a lot to do with how we get from point A to point B and how efficiently we do so.
Therefore, a realistic and concrete goal that simply allows you to focus on the process itself is the best approach. Losing weight rapidly isn’t always ideal anyways, and it generally makes it more difficult to maintain weight loss.
Instead, aim for anywhere from 0.5 lbs. to 2 lbs. per week. We are all different people, thus we will lose weight in a large range of increments.
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