Stand in line at the grocery store, and you’ll find yourself bombarded with exercise and weight loss “tips” screaming from the front of every magazine cover. This person lost 120 pounds by doing one simple thing! That person lost 85 pounds by eating only this! This workout will give you Kim Kardashian’s butt! On and on it goes.
An unbiased survey would probably find that for every person who swears by these “tips”, dozens of others found them unhelpful or even harmful. That’s not to say that these magazines and online blogs never give good advice, but for the most part we’ve discovered that the following “tricks” can lead to trouble if you don’t use them correctly. In some cases they won’t work at all.
Eat six meals per day. This one might actually work, for some people, depending upon their lifestyle, schedule, appetite, and caloric needs. Small, regular meals can indeed promote a steady metabolism. The problem here is that committing to six meals per day might subconsciously trick you into eating more calories than you actually need. You should still follow your appetite cues, and don’t eat when you’re not actually hungry.
Eat this one thing every day. Yes, you need to cut calories in order to lose weight. However, you should avoid any diet that advises you to only eat a specific item every single day. Yes, you can probably lose weight by eating only one boiled egg per day, or one bowl of cabbage soup, or whatever this week’s trendy magical weight loss food happens to be. But you’ll also deprive yourself of important nutrients, create a vitamin deficiency, and probably regain the weight quickly when you stop the diet.
Cheat days. Cheat days are seen as a way to reward yourself for hard work. Unfortunately, if you schedule an entire day “off” of your diet, this might encourage you to binge too hard. Consuming two thousand extra calories on your cheat day could undo all of your hard work from the week before!
Not to mention, it’s never a good idea to use food as a reward. You’re only encouraging yourself to view junk foods as “good” and healthy foods as a punishment.
There are plenty of unhealthy, unhelpful diet tips and tricks out there. Avoid the fads, and do what really works.Medical weight loss, guided by an experienced physician, is still a tried-and-true method for losing weight and keeping it off in the long term. Call us to schedule an appointment, and we’ll explain how it works while helping you put together a plan that helps you achieve your goals.