Are you a person constantly torturing yourself in order to lose weight?
Do you wonder why you are aligning yourself to what you believe are weight loss facts, not seeing results. Without realising that these are indeed weight loss myths.
You end up living like the answer to all your prayers lie in cutting out carbs or never eating another chocolate biscuit as long as you remain on God’s green earth.
If this is you then you are amongst the millions of people who have either been there (myself included) or are currently going through this pure and utter torture.
Here we are helping to debunk the weight loss myths that are always circulating and giving a few tips to help you on your path to success and making that path much much easier.
Weight Loss Myths Debunked:
- MYTH: Low Fat Foods Are Better
When fats are removed from foods, sugars and additives are generally added to improve the taste.
These sugars and additives are not calorie free, and sometimes low fat foods can have higher calorie count.
They are also less satisfying, meaning you eat more and fool yourself into thinking “Ah, it’s low fat so I can eat more”
TIP: It is better and more satisfying to have a smaller portion of the full fat, less processed version and really enjoy what you are eating. Within the PFC Nutrition System, Pepper Hustle’s Nutritional Road Map, you will never ever see low fat anything on the menu. Ever!
- MYTH: Skipping Meals Will Help You Cut Calories
If you skip a meal during the day in order to help you lose weight this is more often than not counter-productive to your actual goals.
If you don’t eat enough to sustain your energy requirements during the day you will feel hungry all day.
As a result, come the evening time you will over eat as you’re starving. Hence you end up eating more than you would have if you’d just had your proper meals throughout the day. It is easy to over eat when you make bad food choices during the day.
TIP: Instead of skipping meals, plan your meals ahead of time. Make sure you have good choices around you and stock up on 'satisfying for longer foods' like proteins at every meal. This will help keep hunger at bay and get you successfully to your next meal.
- MYTH: Eating After 7pm Will Make You Put On Weight
First of all your body doesn’t know that it’s 7pm. Regardless of what time it is, the most important element is that you eat for your energy requirements.
So, for example, if you have done a 7pm workout you should never skip your post workout meal because it’s a certain time on the clock. Your body needs the post workout nutrition.
If you have seen success by stopping eating after 7pm it is more than likely you have just stopped yourself from mindless snacking after you’ve had your dinner. Never skip a meal because it’s after 7pm on the clock.
If it’s close to bedtime eat a lighter meal so your body can start digesting it before you hit the hay. You want to create good, healthy eating habits.
TIP: Stop punishing yourself. Food is an energy source for the body. Start treating it as such. If you need to eat after 7pm because you haven’t eaten your dinner yet, then by God eat after 7pm.
- MYTH: It Takes A Lot Of Time And Effort To Lose Weight
It really doesn’t. If you are waiting for the right time to start making those changes, likelihood is that it will never come.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking you don’t have the time to make changes.
By adding in 5, 10, 15 minutes of movement.
By saying no to one biscuit or piece of cake.
These are the small changes, that don't take a lot of time or effort but DO make a big difference. You don't need to spend hours in the gym and you certainly don't need to be a Jamie Oliver.
Change one thing at a time, add more movement, remove on piece of junk.
TIP: Think small, be consistent and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you see changes taking place. And repeat after me, it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort.
- MYTH: Certain Treats Have To Go
When you deprive yourself of something that you enjoy eating. You will be all consumed by thoughts of that exact thing, be it chocolate, wine, crisps, bread – whatever your said ‘demon’ is.
During the times you are telling yourself you are not allowed to eat it, you won’t be able to think of anything else.
This isn’t sustainable.
What will happen is that as soon as your will power fails you, which It does everyone. You will binge on your forbidden foods and eat more than you ever would have had you not banished it.
TIP: If you enjoy chocolate, enjoy it. Savour every bite, but do it consciously. Don’t scoff being unaware of what you have just eaten. make a conscious decision to have your treat, enjoy it, savour it and that way you are on top of your cravings and unlikely to over indulge and lose control of your portions.
- MYTH: A Detox Is A Good Way To Start Afresh
Detoxing your body is another form of crash dieting.
Whether it is a juicing cleanse, or a fancy meal replacement detox that cost you a fair few quid to be a part of.
Most detoxes restrict certain food groups and deprive the body of enough calories and nutrition to be sustainable long term. Yes you may lose weight, but as soon as you come off your detox you’ll put it right back on again.
TIP: It would be better not to detox and instead learn new, healthy, sustainable ways to view food. Ditch the quick fix and think long term lifestyle changes that will make you feel better, for much longer than that 7 day detox ever will.
At Pepper Hustle it is our mission to remove the weight loss myths many of us live by. To teach new ways of thinking about food and exercise. To show you how to develop good habits with eating. To become mindful of your choices and ultimately prove to you that it doesn’t have to be anything drastic in order for you to successfully change how you feel from the inside out.
Forget about weight loss
Start working on feeling better and you'll soon see that everything else falls into place. A wonderful by product of focusing on your health and feeling good is that your jeans will most definitely start to feel a little more comfortable.
You don’t need to be obsessive, you just need to free yourself from the myths. Move your body and enjoy good food.
And, if you would like help in learning the freedom of food.
If you would like to revamp your current thought process that is holding you back from reaching your body positive goals. Stopping you from believing that that you can do it all.
Even if you are time short and motivationally starved, check out our program which is changing people's lives one meal at a time, one workout at a time, one day at a time. The amazing Pepper Hustle Method.
Co-Founder Pepper Hustle