Although you may be healthy and satisfied with yourself overall, it’s likely there have been occasions when you wished you looked better.
By better, we mean it’s most likely you’ve wished you were slim.
In other words, you may have wanted or want to lose weight.
Nowadays, most people believe losing weight is one of the surefire ways – if not the surefire way – to become attractive to the opposite sex.
Can we be found with fault for believing so, when by just skimming a magazine our self-confidence might chip at each of the several glossy pictures of unbelievably svelte models it bears?
To be sure, we have no problems with the evidently popular belief that being slim is being attractive as well.
To feel attractive, you need to see yourself as such.
What we find problematic about losing weight is the general assumption that eating less than usual is all it takes.
Whether we like it or not, there’s more to losing weight than just food portion reduction.
Doing so requires you to consider a variety of factors that include yourself, the critical factor.
Indeed, if you approach weight loss with the wrong mindset, you’ll never be able to obtain the body you want, no matter how hard you try.
Believe it or not, a successful diet begins in your mind. For instance, if you’ve no idea how to successfully lose weight and just wing it, you’ll fail.
To help you avoid this, here are some possible misconceptions preventing you from obtaining the body you want.
You Think That You’ll Lose Weight Easily and Quickly
No matter how healthy and determined you are, losing weight is difficult. Honestly, can you stop eating unhealthy yet delicious food — pizza, burgers, chips, soft drinks – right away?
Since losing weight can be one of the hardest things anyone can ever hope to achieve, there are now several ‘shortcuts’ (e.g. weight-loss pills) you may take that promise to help you lose weight fast with little to no effort.
Most (if not all) of them have side effects that range from inconvenient to life threatening, so despite how tempting it might be for you to try them out, it’ll be better for you to not do so.
You Assume That Eating Food With Carbs Will Prevent You From Losing Weight
Carbohydrates are among the various substances that your body needs to stay healthy. Carbohydrates are our main source of energy. So if you stop eating food with carbs, you’ll fall ill.
The pernicious side effects of a low-carb diet are heart problems, osteoporosis, lipid abnormalities, and an increased risk of disease.
Some experts say that such a diet can even lead to death.
You Believe the Calories That Come From Beverages Will Have No Adverse Effect
Believe it or not, a surprising amount of the calories that find their way into our bodies come from beverages.
For example, a Jamba Juice Aloha Pineapple Smoothie is 290 kcal, a Starbucks Hot Chocolate is 370 kcal, and a 16 oz Dunkin’ Donuts Vanilla Bean Coolatta is 630 kcal.
So, needless to say, avoiding high-calorie drinks is sure to increase your chances of obtaining the body you want.
You Believe ‘Fat-free’ and ‘Low-fat’ Foods are Really Low in Calories
Remember: foods containing less fat don’t necessarily come with fewer calories than others. Commercial food producers make up for the less fat (food with a decreased fat content will have less flavor) by increasing the sugar content, and more sugar means more calories.
You Believe Skipping Meals is Okay or Necessary
Although it’ll be easy to eat less than usual by skipping a meal, there’s no guaranteeing that you’ll be able to ignore your hunger and make up for the missed meal by eating more than usual during your next meal.
Moreover, research has proven that people who’ve breakfast daily weigh less than those who don’t or those who skip this meal.
You Think Having as Many ‘Add-ons’ as You Want is Okay
By add-ons, we mean coffee creamer, salad dressings, guacamole, and the like.
No matter how healthy your meals are, they’ll be rendered unhealthy once you add such things to them.
For example, two tablespoons of Girard’s regular Caesar dressing contains 150 kcal and 15 g of fat.
Once you’ve put yourself in the right frame of mind, you’ll have won the battle already.
Indeed, having explained to you how these misconceptions you might have are preventing you from obtaining the body you want, we hope to help you achieve such a goal by ridding yourself of them.