1. Carbs make you put on weight
Despite what many people believe carbs are not your enemy, if eaten as part of a healthy and balanced diet they will not lead to weight gain, just be sure to eat the right kind of carbs. The main role of carbohydrates is to provide energy, as they are the body's main source of fuel needed for physical activity. If you are not eating a sufficient amount of carbohydrates your will not be able to perform at your best.
Below we have listed the right kind of carbs to incorporate into your diet:
- Vegetables: all of them.
- Whole fruits: apples, bananas, strawberries, etc.
- Legumes: lentils, kidney beans, peas, etc.
- Nuts: almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, etc.
- Seeds: chia seeds, pumpkin seeds.
- Whole grains: choose grains that are truly whole, as in pure oats, quinoa, brown rice, etc.
2. Foods labelled 'low fat' or 'reduced fat' are always a healthy choice
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking ‘low’ or ‘reduced’ fat automatically makes something a healthy choice. This simply means that it contains less fat than the full fat option. It still may contain far more fat than could be considered healthy, so be informed about the food your putting into your body and always be sure to read the label first. Sugar is often another hidden enemy in these ‘low’ or ‘reduced’ fat options.
3. Cutting out all snacks can help you lose weight
Snacking isn’t necessarily the problem; it’s the type of snacks that you’re eating. Snacks high in salt or sugar are particularly bad as they lead to bloating and energy crashes later on. Nuts, fruit or vegetables are far healthier alternatives, not only are they are high in antioxidants but fruits such as bananas give long-lasting energy, just be sure the nuts are unsalted.
4. Skipping meals is a good way to lose weight
Skipping meals is never a good idea, while it may seem like a quick fix to losing weight it can actually be detrimental to your weight loss and health. Not only will this leave you feeling lethargic and lacking vital nutrients but you’re also more likely to overdo it later on when you do eat.
Skipping meals on a regular basis can also have a detrimental effect on your metabolism, not eating your breakfast or dinner, decreases your overall metabolism and slows down the weight loss process. So be sure to eat regular healthy balanced meals in order to keep your metabolism high.