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Trying out different diet fads and still not losing weight? This might be why.
Eating at night makes you fat
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Here’s the thing. The food you consume doesn’t own a clock and decide when to give you extra pounds. The biggest issue here isn’t what time you eat but more of what you are eating. If you’re choosing to eat high-calorie treats right before sleeping, that’s probably the real reason why you’re not losing weight.
Replacing Carbohydrates with Protein will make you lose weight
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When you’re trying to lose weight, there are some diets out there that will advise you to cut out carbohydrates and replace it with more protein. It’s important to remember that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Bear in mind the golden rule: everything in moderation. Consuming too much protein can lead to an increased risk of developing kidney stones. Carbohydrates are a vital macronutrient in our bodies. For a balanced diet, it is recommended to include ‘good carbs’ such as whole fruits, nuts and vegetables in your daily food intake.
As long as you exercise, you can eat anything you want
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There is a general consensus that when it comes to losing weight, it’s not 50% diet and 50% exercise. In fact, it’s closer to either 70% diet and 30% exercise or 80% diet and 20% exercise. No matter how much you exercise, if you do not accompany it with a healthy balanced diet, it would be difficult to keep the weight off.
To avoid being fat, you need to avoid eating fats
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Technically, you should avoid the ‘bad fats’ only – especially trans fats. ‘Good fats’ in moderation are beneficial to your body. Food like avocados, dark chocolate and fatty fish are rich in ‘good fats’. Although they can be high in calories, they are filled with nutrients.
Limiting the food you eat will help you lose weight and keep it off
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Let’s assume you are on a fruit diet and you’re only consuming fruits for weeks. Sure, you’ll most probably lose some weight but it’s not sustainable. Once you’re done with eating fruits and decide to go back to your regular eating habits, it’s easy for the weight to pile back on in no time. The most important thing about finding a diet that works for you is also looking at how sustainable it is in the long run. You’re looking to incorporate it into your life, it will become a part of your lifestyle. By limiting your food choices to fruits (or just vegetables), your body is not getting all the nutrients it needs.
The bottom-line is that there’s no shortcut to losing weight. You have to be informed of your food choices, find a diet that is healthy, balanced and sustainable – something you can see yourself doing moving forward. By accompanying a balanced diet with regular exercise, you have a great recipe for successful weight loss.