Achieving the “ideal body” takes patience and discipline

For most people, achieving the perfect body an uphill battle, and the process as its ups and downs. Weight loss has different experiences for different people. Unfortunately, there are also a large number of myths and misconceptions surrounding the issue of weight loss.

Today, we take a few minutes to debunk some of those myths, or at least talk about how they are not always useful.

I can always skip a day and double the workout the next day:

Believe it or not, working out follows the same principle as sleeping, as in, you cannot double it the next day if you miss the previous day. What happens, when you follow a particular workout routine, is that your body adapts to it.

When you double it the next day, it puts severe stress on your body, and can lead to the prolonged build-up of lactic acid in your muscles, which in turn can cause muscle spasms and sprains. If you must, then slowly add to your existing routines to push yourself.

I can always skip small meals and go to the large ones:

Again, one of the most essentially wrong notions. There is evidence to suggest that smaller portions of food are easier to digest when consumed during the day. They also have the tendency to make you feel fuller, and in turn, reduce the levels of hunger pangs throughout the day.

When you skip the smaller meals, you are hungry, and end up eating too much during lunch of dinner. That is why, make sure to snack on fruits and veggies during the day, and never ever skip breakfast in the morning.

I have to completely stay away from carbs and sugar:

When you suddenly cut off something from your regular diet, your body experiences a lack of it, and thus you develop withdrawal which results in cravings. The secret to a good body and healthy diet is all about balanced meals, which means carbs.

Carbs are essential in giving your energy throughout the day. Therefore, do not completely shy away from the occasional dessert, bread and pasta once in a while. In fact, you can incorporate them into your “cheat days”.

I can always take weight loss supplements:

This is definitely a tricky situation. While the internet is filled with “miracle pills” that promise sudden and dramatic weight loss, it is always a safer bet to stick to natural weight loss techniques.

Even if the pills manage to shed the weight, if you do not work out, then you will automatically put the weight back on. Instead, develop a healthy meal plan and incorporate at least twenty minutes of your favourite exercise into it.

We always say, that weight loss is a learning process. Be kind to yourself, but most importantly, to your body. Strive, not just towards shedding those extra pounds, but towards achieving and maintaining a healthy body.