Losing weight can be hard, and with so much conflicting information out there, what’s a dieter to do? Eat this, not that; eat less and exercise more; cut out entire food groups -- you name it. It’s enough to make anyone give up.
Whether you’re trying to lose the last 10 pounds or you’re just starting your weight loss journey and are aiming to lose 10 percent of your body weight, the caring and experienced staff at LUXE Medical Spa in Frisco, Texas, can help. We offer a modern weight-loss plan designed especially for you. But we also offer these five dieting myths every woman should know about to help educate you about dieting, nutrition, and weight loss.
Dieting Myth 1: You have to exercise long and hard to lose weight
Believe it or not, you don’t have to exercise for hours at a time or at a high intensity. You just have to exercise smarter. This means doing a combination of cardio and strength training to get your heart rate up and increase your lean muscle mass. For example, you can walk on the treadmill on an incline for 20 minutes and do 15 minutes of weight lifting or circuit training before stretching.
It’s important to remember to fuel yourself properly for your workouts. For example, if you’re cutting back on calories, you should lower the intensity of your workouts. Consider taking a walk at a slower pace or lifting lighter weights.
Dieting Myth 2: Carbohydrates are bad for you
Let’s settle this one once and for all. You actually need carbohydrates to survive. That’s because carbs are an energy source for your brain and every cell in your body. It’s just a matter of choosing complex carbohydrates like a sweet potato over a piece of white bread. Fruits and vegetables are examples of healthy carbs
Dieting Myth 3: It’s okay to skip breakfast
Eating breakfast fuels your body and mind for the day ahead. It also helps you feel full so you don’t grab unhealthy snacks from a vending machine or hit the donut shop on your way into work. How many times have you tried to skip breakfast to lose weight faster? Our guess is it eventually backfired, leaving you ravenous by 10 a.m. and ready to eat that entire cake sitting in the break room.
Dieting Myth 4: Fat is the enemy
Believe it or not, you need fat to survive too. We don’t mean all those extra pounds making it hard to fit into your little black dress. We mean healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, nuts, and fatty fish like salmon. Fat helps our bodies absorb vitamins, acts as an energy source, and aids in the creation of hormones that help us function. Dietary fats are calorie-dense, meaning a little goes a long way. Remember that when you reach for that can of mixed nuts.
Dieting Myth 5: You have to lose weight on your own
We know losing weight can be hard, and there’s no reason you have to attempt to lose weight on your own. If you’ve been struggling to lose the last 10 pounds, or if you have 20, 30, 50 or more pounds to lose, we can help you. We offer a medically supervised HCG weight-loss program that helps you lose weight safely and quickly. You’ll lose weight, improve your overall health, and look better in no time.