I cannot tell you how many people come to me, completely frustrated, because they feel that no matter how much they diet, or how hard they workout, they can’t loose weight.
When you start cutting calories by eating less and then burn even more calories by working out, at some point you will be burning more calories that you are taking in. This causes your body tp panic and go into starvation mode. You actually slow down your metabolism and instead of burning fat, you are actually storing fat!
So eating less and working out more can actually be counter productive.
In addition, many people will skip meals in order to “save calories.” However, having smaller meals throughout the day is the best way to keep your metabolism burning all day long. Starting with a healthy breakfast is great way to rev up your metabolism, “break the fast,” and set the tone for your whole day!
When I was younger I got caught up in all the popular diet fads (Fat free, Low carb, etc). Not only was my body starving for both calories and nutrients from real food, but I also wrecked havoc on my metabolism. I use to cut my calories, avoid all the foods I loved, and was a cardio junkie. Now, I eat whatever I want (90% of the time, I truly want healthy foods), I exercise because I enjoy it and don't consider any food "off limits," and I weigh less than I ever have and have been able to keep it all off effortlessly.
If I only knew then what I know now, I would have saved myself a lot of trouble!
Have you ever fallen victim to this weight loss myth?
What lessons have you had to learn the hard way?