We came across an article in Beauty Cosmedica that we’d like to share!
Many of our brides lose vast amounts of weight before their big day – some diet while others exercise. So we put together these dieting myths to drop now, and why it’s always better to integrate physical activities into your daily lives; Not only do you lose weight, but you’re living a healthy lifestyle as well!
Myth #1 – Diet pills/Crash dieting
Weight loss should always be gradual. Sure, you can probably lose 20 pouds in two weeks if you crash diet, but the pace is rarely sustainable. Moreover most of the weight usually returns once you start eating normally again.
Similarly, diet aids or pills are also short-term methods for losing weight. The natural and healthy way of dieting is always recommended because the real value is determinedby the ability to maintain weight loss and support good health in the long term.
Myth #2 – Calorie counting
Sure, counting your calories might help you lose some weight, but it won’t be for long. It is psychologically difficult for people to adhere to strict diets over a long period of time because they’ll feel deprived and hungry.
So don’t starve yourself. If you want to lose weight and keep it off forever, you would need to be disciplined in keeping your modest calorie restriction and never stop.
Myth #3 – Before 7pm diet
Quick reality check: Calories can’t tell time. Mary Flynn, Ph.D., a research dietitian says that “Your body digests and uses calories the same way morning, noon and night.” It might take a little longer if you lie on the couch after eating, however it would dip back into its stores the next day once you move around.
If you’re really hungry, have something light, like a piece of fruit or some cereal with milk. Midnight snackers tend to overeat (which leads to weight gain no matter when it’s done) often because they skip meals during the day and go home hungy. And we all know that when we’re hungry, we grab whatever we can find which means we’re more likely to make poor choices. So be sure to keep your meals and snacks small.
Myth #4 – Juice and detox dieting
Detoxing, otherwise also known as cleansing, might result in weight loss in the beginning, but this is also due to a loss of water. And loss of water comes at the expense of muscle loss, which is a steep price to pay. Dietician Joy Dubost points out that weight loss is not always about the numbers of the scale, but also about the ratio of body fat compared to lean muscle mass.
Myth #5 – Dieting is the best way to lose weight
Don’t choose a quick fix that begins before bathing-suit season. Instead change the way you eat. Find a satisfying eating plan that you can live with long-term, and make sure you’re eating the right amount of calories for weight loss. Once you’ve lost some weight, don’t go back to eating as much as you did before you started cutting calories.
All in all, these myths are all temporary changes and they often do not lead to permanent losses. One of the main aspects of weight maintenance is a high dose of physical activity. So instead of choosing temporary methods, why not incorporate a little exercising into your daily routine while watching what you eat. And remember, just because you exercise doesn’t mean you’re allowed to eat more!
A quick checklist to get you on the right track and mindset:
- No shortcuts!
- Take small steps
- No crash diets
- Eat healthily
- Keep stress in check
- Get more sleep
- Diligence and Discipline
- Pick the right beauty and health products/regime that best fits you