Losing weight isn’t easy, but if you are buying into diet myths you may actually be sabotaging yourself. Don’t listen to bad info, and instead diet the right way (even if it includes a few myths you don’t think should work). Here are the three diet stories that you shouldn’t fall prey to, and three you should definitely attempt.
Myth 1: You can’t eat anything after 6 pm.
Your metabolism doesn’t sync up with your neighbor’s metabolism to make you stay on the same schedule. In other words, if your waking hours are between 8am and 10pm, and your mom’s are between 5am and 7pm, you aren’t going to have the same hours of peak metabolic performance!
Yes, after a certain point your metabolism does slow down, but remember- time is man-made for our convenience; it isn’t something our bodies made up to keep us thin. This myth has driven me crazy over the years because many people do not get home until after 6 pm and to ask them to not eat anything the rest of the evening is not feasible and downright cruel. It is WHAT you eat after 6 pm that can get you in trouble and cause more weight gain.
Myth 2: Eating smaller meals multiple times a day is best.
The only truth to time effecting metabolism is this: you need to eat every three hours to keep it boosted and you should not eat an hour before bedtime, since your body needs time to break down the food before it goes into a resting state. That’s it! There’s no magical time for metabolism to quit working.
Myth 3: Lifting weights will make you bulk up.
Lifting weights does not make you bulk up- lifting pounds does! If you want to bulk up, add pounds to the weights you lift. If you want to tone up and slim down, simply lift 10-20 pound weights.
Myth 4: Cardio helps you to lose the most belly fat.
Many people think that abdominal crunches help you lose belly fat, but the truth is fat is stored when we become inactive. Ab crunches are akin to strength training. While you may build abs, you won’t necessarily see them if fat is stored over them. Lose the fat with cardio.
Myth 5: Exercising at night or in the evening is best.
If you’re too tired to actually do a workout in the evening, then you will get no benefit from working out. You can workout at any time of the day. It isn’t about when you workout, but that you actually do it.
Myth 6: A 10 minute workout is helpful.
If you can only get in a 10 minute workout, do it! It’s better than no workout. Besides, many routines have been built around quick bursts of time and energy to maximize results. You can do five 10-minute routines and get just as much benefit as an hour long workout.