As the Lead Nutrition Consultant at Slim Measures I’ve had the privilege of accompanying hundreds of patients on their weight loss journey to success. Through their journey’s I’ve discovered that many of them had many of the same common misconceptions about weight loss and I thought I would share those with you today.
Misconception Number 1: If I don’t Eat I will Lose Weight
This is completely NOT TRUE and it’s one of unhealthiest and hardiest habits to break once you have developed it. The majority of my obese patients that start the program actually do not consume a large amount of calories on a daily basis. When they do eat their body is so starved for nutrition that their metabolism has reduced in rate so drastically that it burns off whatever food they do consume at an extremely slow and reduced rate. They have literally killed their metabolism and the days when they do decide to over indulge i.e. Holiday’s, birthday parties or just having a bad day and want to over eat their body had no idea what to do with all of those extra calories, hence the weight gain.
It’s very important to give your body the nutrition it needs to run efficiently. You would not expect to drive a car cross country on an empty tank of gas so how can you expect to lose weight and have a healthy metabolism if you starve yourself? At Slim Measures your Nutrition Consultant will go over the proper diet that you need to follow to reach YOUR weight loss goals because we all have different goals and we ALL lose weight differently.
Misconception Number 2: I’m retaining water, that means I’m drinking too much water
Again this is another opposite, if you are retaining water this means you are not drinking enough water. Water helps your liver convert fat into usable energy. By not drinking enough water your kidneys are overwhelmed with concentrated fluids and this will make your liver do extra work. Your liver works hard to turn your body fat into energy that your body utilizes but if it has to do the kidney’s work, then it simply holds onto the extra fat that would have been burned off if you simply had enough water.
Drinking at least 60 to 84 oz. a day of water it a good start to making sure you are staying properly hydrated. Have a hard time remembering to drink water? With almost everyone and their Grandmother having a smart phone now-a-day’s there are actually App’s for that!
Misconception Number 3: Eating Healthy is TOO expensive
When I first meet with my patients and I learn about their eating habits I ask them what they eat on a daily basis, many of them reply with the standard answer “whatever is easiest, usually McDonald’s because it’s cheap and fast.” Unfortunately we rarely take the time prepare healthy nutritional meals for ourselves anymore and rely on fast food chains to feed us on a daily basis and as a nation our health is suffering.
A two cheese burger value meal at McDonald’s cost’s on average $4.89, spending that 5 x’s a week totals = $24.45
A bag of fresh spinach is $2.99, a fresh mixed medley of carrots, broccoli & cauliflower are two for $5.00, a pack of baby bell cheese is $4.99 and a dozen large brown eggs are $2.99 totaling = $20.97
Granted what I listed may not exactly be your cup of tea but I listed items that would give you the proper nutrients, calcium and proteins needed for a well balanced lunch on a daily basis.
I run into a lot of common misconceptions on daily basis but these are defiantly my TOP THREE! I hope I’ve enlighten you and broken and few bad habits!