Summer is fast approaching and everyone is getting back into shape for swimsuit season. There are many different ways to lose weight, but which of these tips are myths? Zuma Massage has done the research to make sure you are getting the most out of your workout.
- Snacking Is a Bad Idea – Not eating is actually a terrible way to lose weight! When your stomach starts rumbling, you probably hear a little voice in your head telling you not to ruin your appetite. Having small healthy snacks in between meals can actually help you lose weight, just make sure to keep the snacks healthy and don’t jump to the potato chip bag. Many dietitians often recommend that you have five smaller meals a day, instead of eating your calories all in one sitting.
- Carbs Will Make You Gain Weight – Dieticians agree that it’s a myth that all carbohydrates are bad. Again it comes down to identifying which kinds of carbs are bad for you. Instead of eating processed carbs that are often high in sugar and white flour, enjoy beans, whole and whole grain breads and don’t forget fruits and vegetables, which have a bunch of nutrients and fiber, are low in calories, and can help reduce the risks of several diseases. The body also uses carbs as fuel during exercise to burn body fat, so don’t completely eliminate carbs from the menu.
- You Won’t Gain Weight if You Keep Exercise and Diet the Same – As you age, change, and grow your body will react differently to your lifestyle and you must learn to adjust for it. The fact is, your metabolism slows down as you age which means you have to eat less and exercise more.
- “Low-fat” or “fat-free” Foods Do Not Have Calories – Sometimes low-fat or fat-free food may be lower in calories than full-fat counterparts. But many processed low-fat or fat-free foods have just as many calories as the full-fat versions of the same foods—or even more calories. These foods may contain added flour, salt, starch, or sugar to improve flavor and texture after fat is removed. All items that add calories.
- It Takes A Lot Of Money To Eat Healthy – Eating better does not have to cost a lot of money. Many people think that fresh foods are healthier than canned or frozen ones. For example, some people think that spinach is better for you raw than frozen or canned. However, canned or frozen fruits and veggies provide as many nutrients as fresh ones, at a lower cost. Go ahead and treat yourself to some fresh fruits and veggies, but don’t be afraid of canned for frozen foods.