Soooooo, where to start?
Everyday we have thousands of media resources coming at us telling us about the newest, easiest, most effective way to shed extra pounds, right?
Today, we tackle 5 of those nutritional “magic solutions” that simply don’t work for weight loss. That’s not to say that they don’t make you feel amazing doing them but, they are not going to boost your metabolism for help you reach a weight-loss goal.
Sorry, and I hope I don’t make too many people mad about this:)
- DRINKING LEMON WATER FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.
I can almost hear the “whaaaaaattttt??”
It sounds like it “should” cause your metabolism to sky-rocket, right?
Drinking lemon water will most certainly hydrate you, it will not dissolve fat or boost your metabolism.
If it makes you feel good – do it. But, if you think it’s causing weight-loss – don’t.
2. CONSUMING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
#2 on the hit list and, another very popular myth.
ACV will NOT be the direct cause of your losing weight.
There, it’s out in the open.
It IS a great way to dress your salads and bring out veggie flavors when cooking. It will not boost metabolism, cause weight-loss or cure digestive health.
Although it’s been heavily promoted to do all of those things, there simply isn’t enough research and proof to substantiate those claims.
It DOES contain fiber, pectin and gut-friendly prebiotics which are added to the vinegar and make it a healthier choice.
3. THE DETOX & CLEANSE
Two very good names for laxatives.
Detox is actually about colon-cleansing which removes toxins from the body, boosting energy and enhancing the immune system.
Again, there is NO scientific proof that colon-cleansing accomplishes any of these issues. So, basically laxatives with better marketing. Ewwwwww.
Our amazing bodies detox themselves every day naturally, did you know that?
Visiting the bathroom frequently during the day will not help you lose weight.
4. REMOVING ENTIRE FOOD GROUPS FROM YOUR DIET
Let me clarify. Don’t confuse diets done for medical purposes, because that is the only time under a physician’s care that cutting food groups or items is correct.
For example, it someone is allergic to nuts, they need to be eliminated from the diet.
But, to cut them trying to lose weight is not going to work.
There is no “bad guy” when it comes to macronutrients and food groups – all are equally important and we SHOULD include all of them as a part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
Those extra pounds creep on by having excess amounts of any food group, not just carbs:)
All of this being said, eliminating foods that are actually beneficial for your body is not a good way to tackle weight loss and overall health.
Weight loss and health are a total sum of your dietary pattern, your activity level, and those well-established daily habits!
5. SNACKING IS A BAD THING.
This makes me smile.
As someone involved in fitness & nutrition, I am willing to swear that snacking has kept me going after a long workout or tough ski day.
Snacks have gotten a bad rep. Let’s change it!
It’s NOT eating food that makes you fat, it’s making bad choices with foods that make you gain weight.
Let’s spread the word and take “food” off of the bad guy list. Eat real foods and move consistently. And, you WILL lose weight.
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