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7 Weight Loss Myths- BUSTED

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Weight loss can be hard enough without having to deal with a bunch of bad information and false claims.

Releasing weight is something that so many people want to do. This means lots of people feel the need to set themselves up as experts without actually having a clue.

This has led to confusion and frustration, as people have believed these long-held myths.

It’s time to clear our minds of the lies and get the story straight.

Top 7 Weight Loss Myths- BUSTED

1. Counting calories is the best way to lose weight.

young women calculating calories weight loss myth  Lots of people focus on calories, thinking that every 3,500 calories that they count will mean a lost pound.

In fact, counting calories makes you sick AND fat.

Losing weight is about eating the right foods and combining it with movement and activity.

I get it, some people just love to track things with numbers. If you really want to count something, here's what you should be counting instead of calories.

2. To lose weight you have to cut out all carbs.

There are plenty of healthy carbohydrates that can help you feel full and lose weight at the same time.

Fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds are a few good examples of the carbs you SHOULD eat.

You do want to cut down on refined carbs like white bread, white rice and white pasta (don't worry pasta lovers, there are plenty of healthy pasta choices for you) and cut out processed foods of all kinds.

3. The fastest way to lose weight is to exercise for hours each day.

tired woman working out weight loss mythWhaaaaa?!! No way. Exercise is a good thing, but taking on too much is not good for your body or your mindset.

If you do too much you’re either going to hurt yourself or start to hate it.

Worse, you might drive your cortisol levels through the roof so your body stops losing weight entirely.

Try to focus on fun movements that you enjoy and make a pledge to do at least 30 minutes each day.

4. You have to cut out all fats to lose weight.

There’s no doubt that eating a high-fat diet will make weight loss hard, but that doesn’t mean you should cut fat out entirely.

Fats are an important part of our diets. They help to keep you feeling full, so you don’t get hungry between meals.

They also help boost your calorie burn.

If you combine lean proteins and fresh produce with a bit of healthy fat, you will find weight loss a lot easier.

In fact, many people are surprised when they hear that I recommend eating THIS fat daily to burn more fat.

5. Low-fat foods are great for weight loss.

There’s a dirty little secret about foods that are marked “low fat.” They often contain lots of additives and sugars in an attempt to make them taste as good as the full-fat versions.

Be sure to read labels, and don’t forget that a little healthy fat is a very good thing.

6. As long as you’re exercising, you can eat what you want and lose weight.

Simply put…you cannot “out-exercise” a bad diet.

Lots of people make the mistake of working out and then rewarding themselves with a treat, as though they're an equal trade-off.

Look, weight loss is a balancing act between the food you eat and the calories you burn.

You’d have to work out for hours to make up for an ice cream sundae.

Oops, did I just make you crave ice cream? Here's one of my go-to healthy ice cream recipes.

7. Eating healthy is boring.

mother daughter happy eating healthyThe more you eat fresh fruits and vegetables, the more you will come to love them.

This is especially true if you cut out processed foods.

Without the additives, your taste buds will come back to their senses!

It's all about learning which yummy and healthy ingredients you can use to substitute for the unhealthy ones.

Here's more on how to make healthier versions of your favorite comfort foods.

Yours in health and happiness,

Danette

P.S. Please help me spread the word about these common weight loss myths by sharing this article and I welcome your comments below. What's the number 1 weight loss myth you hear all the time?

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