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Learn Something New About Weight Loss

Posted by James on Sep 22nd, 2008 and filed under Lifestyle. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry


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Most clear thinking people understand they don’t know everything and are open to learning something new. There is always more we can learn about weight loss. Despite that, there is some knowledge that people hold on to as gospel. Many try to be open to a new way of thinking, but tend to revert back to their original way of doing things. Today, we will take a closer look at how culture views dieting and eating. If you have trouble losing weight or simply want to learn something new about nutrition, read on!

As the great Yoda would say:

You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned

Much of what we learn from our parents, school, or watching the television, seems to entrench itself into our cultures and become “fact”. In reality, much of what we know is just learned habits. Habits can be broken so that new and better habits can be put into their place. All we have to do is realize the popular methods may not be the best way and be open to relearning what we think we know.

Eat Less to Lose Weight – WRONG

Eating less is widely accepted as a way to lose weight. While generally true, eating less to lose weight is NOT a fact. Many overweight or obese people don’t eat more calories than healthier people. They simply eat their calories at the wrong time(s) of the day, or perhaps eat more calories than their daily activity requires (which is not necessarily a large number of calories). For these folks, eating less may actually slow their metabolism further which will eventually lead to them needing even fewer calories to maintain their current weight. This cycle of lowering calories to lose weight cannot continue; from there weight gain is really the only option.

Eat More and You Will Gain Weight – WRONG

You can gain weight if you eat too much or too often. It’s NOT a fact. There are plenty of people in the world that can eat more calories and not gain weight because they are active. Eating unprocessed foods with a low calorie density will allow a person to consume much more throughout the day without gaining weight.

Many people realize that activity determines if they can eat more and “get away with it”. Those same people might exercise a great deal and complain about their performance not improving. Most of the time they are not getting enough calories to fuel their body so they can take their exercise to the next level. But when someone suggests eating more calories, they refuse because they don’t want to gain weight. It’s a programmed response that has become habit, even if they acknowledge that eating more food can be beneficial, they won’t be able to do it.

Everyone Should Eat X Calories – WRONG

There are an endless number of diets pushed on late night infommericals that will tell you how many calories to eat in a day. Every nutrition label on every item of food in the grocery store states “… based on a 2000 calorie diet” which leads many to believe this is the proper number of calories to eat. This is NOT a fact.

No two people are the same. Each person has their own special calorie needs. If there is a diet program that tells you the ideal number of calories to eat, they are likely wrong and the diet will fail. Sure, there are diets that say eat 800 calories a day, such as the ridiculous cookie diet, then you will lose weight. These diets are designed to get you quick results so they can sell more units. You will almost always gain the weight back after your metabolism slows down in response to the extremely low calories.

You must determine your own calorie needs in order to be successful in your health and fitness efforts.

You Have to Eat “Rabbit Food” to Lost Weight - WRONG

While eating more vegetables is a good idea and part of a balanced eating plan, they only make up a small portion of the calories you need. Foods that most rabbits would avoid are necessary on any good diet plan. While you will lose weight eating only vegetables, the extreme low calories will trash your metabolism to the point where eating just about anything will cause you to gain weight.

Being Fat (or Skinny) is in my Genes – PROBABLY NOT

While there are people that are predisposed to a certain body type, it does not mean you are genetically doomed to being fat. Only a very small number of people have genetic issues that cause them to be overweight, most likely the result of regulation issues with their hormones. Most everyone else is the result of following the poor eating habits of your family and friends.

You’ll get better results in your health if you stop blaming your genes for your failures.

Six Meals a Day is Better Suited for Athletes – WRONG

Anyone that has heard of the Olympics has also heard of Michael Phelps. This guy, as well as many athletes, must eat an extreme amount of calories due to their high levels of activity. Eating many meals a day works for athletes only because they can’t eat all of their calories in just a few meals.

You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to eat five or six meals a day. You only need to scale back the calories. You can benefit from feeding your body the correct amount of calories to fuel your activity throughout the day, just like an athlete.

Diet Soda is Good For Me – WRONG

Diet soda’s are the go-to drink for anyone who wants to cut down on their calories. These drinks taste good and are often with zero calories, which make it easy to incorporate into a diet plan. But…

There are numerous studies in regard to the health related issues associated with diet soft drinks. There are statistics that show those who drink diet sodas are almost certain to become obese. There are numerous factors that contribute to this, but diet soda does not help. If you consume ANY diet drinks during the day, you have a 36.5% chance of becoming obese. If you drink two cans a day, you chances of becoming obese jumps up to a staggering 57.1%.

If you care in the least bit about your health, drop the diet soda.

Eating a Natural Balanced Meal Every Three Hours Will Increase My Energy Levels and Allow Me to Eat More Food is Exactly What I Need to Achieve My Health and Fitness Goals - TRUE!

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Three meals a day is programmed into our limbic brain. After decades of eating on the schedule I am suddenly asking you to double the number of times you eat in a day. No matter how much sense it makes on the surface, when it comes time to eat, you will have a difficult time convincing yourself you need to eat a second breakfast, second lunch and perhaps second dinner.

Resist the bad habits and focus on the reasons you should start eating every three hours.

It’s All About Forming New Habits

Making lifestyle changes in order to improve your health is all about breaking old habits and forming new ones to replace them. Steve Pavlina runs a personal development blog and wrote an article titled 30 Days to Success that describes forming new habits in just a month. On one of my favorite blogs, Zenhabits.net, there is an article that offers advice in regard to forming new habits.

There are many myths regarding dieting and nutrition that we regard as fact, but in the end is not true. Do you have any diet myths or habit forming tips you would like to share?

8 Responses for “Learn Something New About Weight Loss”

  1. Michael says:

    You say, “There are statistics that show those who drink diet sodas are almost certain to become obese.” What the evidence actually says is if you drink diet soda at all, the more overweight you are, the more you are likely to drink. I think it is much more likely that people consume more diet soda as they gain weight, switching from drinks with caloric content, than vice-versa.

    As the the article you cite says:

    Fowler is quick to note that a study of this kind does not prove that diet soda causes obesity. More likely, she says, it shows that something linked to diet soda drinking is also linked to obesity.

    “One possible part of the explanation is that people who see they are beginning to gain weight may be more likely to switch from regular to diet soda,” Fowler suggests. “But despite their switching, their weight may continue to grow for other reasons. So diet soft-drink use is a marker for overweight and obesity.”

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