Every year millions of people perform research online and offline trying to find the best ways to lose weight. There is a ton of good information out there that has helped people become healthier. Unfortunately, there is also a plethora of bad ideas that are dangerously accepted as fact. They cannot all be covered in one piece but here are three of the biggest myths that you are going to want to look out for when you begin your weight loss journey.
Weightlifting Isn’t As Helpful As Cardio
When most people think about losing weight they imagine waking up at six in the morning and running around the neighborhood for an hour. Now, it is true in most cases that cardiovascular exercise will burn more calories at a time when working out; but you really should focus on the long-term too. Did you know that for each pound of muscle that you add onto your body you burn 6 calories more per HOUR. That goes a LONG way towards burning weight and then keeping it off, which is what you should really want. Plus, muscle looks better than fat or just skin and bones. Weightlifting absolutely needs to be part of your routine.
Carbohydrates Are Bad For You
The Atkins diet (and bad information spread around by people that don’t understand it very well) is to blame for this myth being introduced and perpetuated. Here’s the thing: carbohydrates are not bad at all and actually are a crucial part of your daily nutrient intake. Carbohydrates are one of the body’s main sources of fuel and energy. Among other things, carbs also help to regulate the sugar levels within your cells, they help bacteria break down food in your stomach, and help your body absorb calcium. Of course if you are taking in too much it is going to be harmful, but cutting carbs out of your diet completely will be just as harmful. You have to find the healthy middle ground.
Healthy Food Is Expensive
This is one of the most popular myths that are out there. Some people will fight tooth and nail to make this point, even when you hold your grocery bills up against theirs and compare. How could expensive produce really end up being cheaper than the dollar menu? In reality, healthy food is actually just as inexpensive as long as you know the right kind to buy. Vegetables, for example, do not need to be bought fresh. Frozen vegetables have just as many nutrients and actually last longer than the fresh variety that you have to throw away after a few days. The same holds true for canned fruit. If you are a conscious shopper you WILL save money in the long run.
Keep these in mind when you are planning your diet and exercise regimens and you will do just fine. This is going to be a long journey; but by the time you reach your goal you will have a new lifestyle and feel so much better about yourself so stick with it!