Weight Loss Lies
By: Siddiqu “The Personal Trainer”
#1: You can never eat “junk” food Who eats one candy bar and puts on 20lbs! Lets be serious folks, where the average person makes there mistake is making junk food a part of their daily routine. If you have a desert everyday with lunch and something sweet after dinner then you will eventually gain access weight in your midsection. If you have cake for your birthday or grab some ice cream on a summer day, please don’t feel guilty and start crying during our training session, you look ridiculous.
#3: You should eat flax to get your omega-3 fix Flax is a great source of fiber, but isn’t the best source of omega-3s around. There are several types of omega-3 fats, with some more potent than others. The omega-3s found in plants like flax seeds is known as the ALA type. The other types known as EPA and DHA are found in fatty fish like salmon, sardines and tuna and provide many of the omega-3 benefits you read about. If you’re sprinkling ground flax on your food to get your omega-3 fix, you’re probably not getting nearly enough.
#4: If you exercise, you can eat whatever you want Think you can indulge in a super high-in-fat treat after hitting the gym? Once you take a look at these numbers, you’ll see what we’re talking about. In order to “make up” for an order of large fries, you’d need to swim laps for an hour. Perhaps your guilty pleasure is a slice of pepperoni pizza? Let’s hope you jogged for 30 minutes at a medium pace. To keep your weight in check, balance out physical activity with your calorie intake. I should never see you in McDonald’s after a work, and you continuously asking me what I’m doing there won’t change anything either.
#5: You can’t eat late at night Making the blanket statement that “I can’t eat after 6pm” isn’t always the smartest choice. You may have had a hectic day and not enough time to eat your dinner at 6pm, does that mean you should skip it completely? The blanket statement doesn’t really apply to all people, schedules and lifestyles. If you do find yourself hungry at night, here are a few healthier snack options you may want to consider.
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#6: You must drink 8 cups of water each day Stop worrying about the numbers and listen to your body! Some folks may need more than 8 cups while other may need less. Many forget that foods like fruits and vegetables also contribute to our overall fluid needs. If you are going to drink water make sure its spring water and not Dasani or Seltzer water. These waters are just as bad as pop, and you need to remove them from your diet instantly.
#7: It’s important to buy organic food whenever possible There’s no need to spend your hard-earned money on every organic food out there (especially in this economy). If you’re trying to cut back on your pesticide intake, take a peek at the Environment Working Group’s list of the most contaminated produce (a.k.a. The Dirty Dozen), and spend your organic dollar there. Eating locally-grown foods is also a cheaper alternative. Many local farmers cannot afford the costs of being certified organic but follow the same practices.
#8: You must take a multivitamin every day Taking supplements can be a slippery slope if you don’t do your research. One of the most common supplements that folks think is a must is a multivitamin. Although they may seem harmless, you need to look at the entire picture — how much of each vitamin is present? Does the multivitamin contain herbs too? Do you take other medications or supplements? Healthy foods are always the best option, and they fill you up, so you don’t have room for bad foods in your stomach. I new a man once that would take a multivitamin with a cheeseburger and coke, because he felt he needed more Vitamin C in his diet, smh!!
#9: Wheat and whole wheat bread is the same thing All “wheat” is not created equal. Look for “100% whole wheat” on the label to make sure you’re getting the healthier parts of the whole grain. You’ll find that wheat bread contains much less fiber than 100% whole wheat bread. So be sure to read the label carefully before buying. A Harvard University study on their graduates showed that men who ate more than 25 grams of fiber a day had more than 33% fewer heart attacks than those who ate below 15 grams a day.
#10: If you’re following a healthy eating plan, that means you can’t eat any of your favorite foods Healthy and tasty go hand in hand. Think you can’t deliciously make over favorites like lasagna, chili, pasta salad, baked beans, and fried chicken– think again! Use turkey meat instead of ground beef in your chili, eat only white meat fried chicken because its less fatty, use sea salt in your pasta salad, just a few ideas to make your favorite dishes healthier.
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