The main cause of mass obesity is mass misinformation. Weight-loss is not an initiative it is an industry. Most of the products, pills, and plans fed to us by big businesses don’t actually work for the long term and some of them are very unsafe. They want you to lose weight now so you can show your friends that it works. Then a year from now when you gain the weight back it’s your fault, not theirs.
We need to wise up and do the right things that will actually make us healthier over the long term. It is only when we ignore the quick fixes and prove that these products are unsafe and ineffective that we can cure the obesity epidemic.
I chose to write this article to educate all those looking to lose weight in the New Year. It does not include any fad diets or quick fixes because they don’t work. You need to learn the right things that will make your lifestyle healthier.
The Many Myths of Weight-loss
There are many widely held beliefs concerning weight-loss that hinder or even prevent people from starting healthy habits. Some common weight loss tricks don’t have as much of an effect as you’d think and others are only partially true, but it’s important to learn where we go wrong. This article written by Kris Gunnars of AuthorityNutrition.com explains the Top 12 Biggest Myths About Weight Loss. The myth that caught me off guard was the fact that eating breakfast doesn’t actually raise your metabolism or help you lose weight.
Dangerous Weight-loss Methods
You need to realize that people aren’t always truthful when selling you products and services. Not all things available for consumption are regulated properly and others are easy to use improperly.
- Dietary supplements are unregulated; therefore their claims don’t have to be proven. When people see results it’s usually the placebo effect. Some can actually cause unknown effects to the body.
- Extremely low-calorie diets only work moderately in the short term and can cause even more weight gain in the long term. They can also cause dehydration, malnutrition, and several other deadly deficiencies.
- Detoxes and cleanses outside of medical supervision only remove water and stool helping you lose weight for the moment and raising the risk of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Your body naturally detoxifies itself over time but if you want to aid the process, drink plenty water and eat high-fiber foods.
This article written by Kathleen M Zelman of WebMD explains 7 Things You Should Never Do to Lose Weight.
Why We Fail
Chances are if you are interested in learning about weight loss you’ve tried in the past with little results. Losing weight is no small feat it takes dedication, careful planning and you really have to want it or else you’re bound to fail. It’s important to recognize the Top 10 Reasons Why People Fail to Lose Weight so you can anticipate where you are most likely to fail. This article provides 10 of the most common reasons, but no list will include all of the possibilities. No one knows you better than you so in order to succeed you have to be prepared for whatever you think will cause you to fail.
The Importance of Water
If you want to have any chance at losing weight you need to make water a priority. Water is the most vital part of life. Your body needs a substantial amount of it to digest properly and burn fat optimally. Drinking water before and during meals does an amazing job of filling you up quicker so you eat fewer calories. Water also gives you a jolt of energy to get up and be active. All other types of liquid especially soft drinks (including the misleading diet drinks) will destroy any effort regardless of what you do. This article written by E.C. LaMeaux of Gaiam.com will show you How Drinking More Water Will Help you Lose Weight.
Whole Foods vs. Processed Foods
When it comes to choosing your food, you need to understand that processed foods regardless of whether they claim to be healthy or not are not as healthy as whole foods. To understand the differences consider a sack of potatoes (whole) and Hungry Jack mashed potato mix (processed). If you were to actually look at the ingredients you’d find many things that sound scary and often times are. In order to manipulate products, food manufacturers use processes that add very unhealthy side effects to our food. When shopping it’s important to buy products in their natural state because they won’t be bloated with things that will cause weight gain. This article written by Brittany Chin of FoodandNutrition.org is a great resource to help you identify Whole Foods vs. Processed Foods and how to incorporate them into your pantry.
The “Healthier” Alternative
There is a so called sugar free, fat-free, low-fat, or light alternative to nearly every product in the grocery store, but are these really the best option. These buzz words are actually a marketing ploy to get you to buy the product. Many of these products merely substitute one bad ingredient for another. MSG, High Fructose Corn syrup, diglycerides, and genetically modified starches are only some of the chemicals put in these foods to help them pass the label test and make them taste good. They are often more harmful to your weight loss efforts than the normal products. This article from LifeWithGreens.com does a great job outlining Four Reasons “Fat-Free” Isn’t Good for You. The Nutrient Facts breakdown of the label can easily be misleading, but the manufacturer has to put the ingredients at the bottom. Take a look at what’s in it and if you get a bad feeling put it down and go for something you know is healthy.
Sugar is one of the biggest contributors to weight gain. Many recipes call for sugar and a lot of people use it heavily in their coffee and tea. While sugar is very bad for you, so are the many artificial substitutes marketed to us nowadays. These substitutes are also included in diet soda and many sugar-free products. They are linked to weight gain, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. If that sounds familiar it’s because although they don’t have calories they are linked to the same problems as regular sugar. So it is best to avoid any form of sugar as much as possible, but if you need it this article written by Nadia of BodyUnburdened.com provides 6 healthy all-natural sugar substitutes.
So cooking your own meals from natural whole foods is the right way to go, but what if you have become accustomed to certain recipes that include unhealthy ingredients. Have you ever wanted to cut those bad ingredients out? Well, it turns out there are many ways you can substitute for a healthier meal. This article written by Kate Morin of Greatist.com has a whopping 83 Healthy Recipe Substitutions. With this article, you can eliminate butter altogether and make many other subtle substitutions that will have a big impact in the long run.
Don’t Be Tricked
Unless you’re stranded alone on a desert island you’re influenced by the situations surrounding your meals. It turns out there are many ways that you are tricked into eating more unhealthy foods. You can’t be to blame until now. This article by Brianna Seinhilber of EverydayHealth.com exposes the 9 Ways You’re Tricked Into Eating Too Much. Once you recognize these factors contributing to your overeating, you can prevent yourself when the situations arise.
Another important component of any weight loss plan is to eat the right amounts. Don’t eat so little that your metabolism shuts down or eat so much you can’t move. Portion control is about finding the right amount of food that you need. This article written by CookingLight.com provides 10 Secrets of Portion Control. These tips will help set you up to succeed.
Being More Active
Countless studies show how the lack of movement over time is detrimental to our health. If you want to have any impact on your weight loss you need to make an effort to be more active. Doing anything that will get you moving will help including walking, cleaning, building, cooking, dancing, etc. Find something that you love doing and just do it. If you need some ideas on how to work a little activity into your everyday life this article written by Jonathan Dunsky on LifeOptimizer.com has 25 Ways to be More Active.
There’s a huge amount of exercise resource available and it would take an entire post to cover them. The important thing in choosing an exercise routine is to find what you enjoy so that it’s easier to make a habit of it. Try different things to see what you like and mix it up. Many people think that all you have to do is exercise and you’ll lose weight but actually, that’s only part of the truth. If you’ve been exercising for a while and don’t see results, I suggest you make sure you aren’t a victim of one of these 10 exercising mistakes written by Caroline Hwang. This article not only identifies common mistakes it provides insightful ways to fix the problem.
There are an overwhelming number of apps available to aid in your new healthy lifestyle. The impact of your smartphone is only limited by your use of it for healthy habits. This article written by Josh Smith of gottabemobile.com provides the 10 Best Weight Loss Apps for 2016. Included on this list are apps that can help you track your healthy activities, teach you by scanning barcodes, provide simple at home workouts, and even pay you for sticking to your weight loss goals. If you want to make a difference you need to learn how to use what’s available to your advantage.
I hope this article helps you gain the necessary knowledge to attain healthy habits to reach your weight loss goals. If you can think of some type of weight loss knowledge you think should be included in this article, please let me know so that we make the most informed decisions.