When you’re trying to lose weight it can often seem super overwhelming with so much varied advice out there. While now days we all know things like crash dieting and fasting aren’t healthy ways to lose weight there are still some long-held techniques that aren’t actually that good for us.
Some of these tips may help you get results in the short term, but overtime can lead to extra weight gain. Mainly due to the fact that they’re not attainable goals long-term. If you’re trying to lose a little bit of extra weight before Summer these are the four tips and techniques you should avoid.
1. Having a cut off time for eating
This is something I used to hear a lot. While it’s never a good idea to binge out at midnight, turns out there’s no need to cut off eating at 5 or 6pm. It turns out this is a metabolism myth. Food eaten at night doesn’t automatically get stored as fat studies have shown. It’s all about the amount of calories you consume in a day rather than what time you’re eating them at.
2. Getting rid of food groups
Completely cutting something out of your diet is not as good for you as it may seem. Many people embark on diets where they go sugar free, gluten free or cutting out carbs. The main reason for this not being a good idea is because it’s not usually sustainable over a long time. Plus the idea of a life without pizza and cake is truly sad!
3. Low-fat diets
Low fat diets used to be a much bigger trend. Studies have shown a lot of fats are good for us. Even that saturated fats may not be as bad for us as once thought. However, you should try to avoid trans-fats. Foods like the beloved avocado, nuts and olive oil are all examples of good fats that your body needs. These good fats also help you to stay full for longer. So yes, that avocado toast can be justified!
4. Skipping meals
By regularly skipping meals it can actually slow your metabolism down. It’s also good to establish an eating routine e.g three full meals a day or six small meals a day. To restrict food and skip meals isn’t good for you in the long run. Plus you’ll need the extra energy from food to take on more intense cardio work outs at the gym.