A lot of us follow blindly about what others tell us, without ever researching about it and finding out if you should actually be following it or not. Here are a few-
Longer workout = faster weight loss
There are people who would work out 2.5 hours in the gym every single day. Do you know after 1 hour of working out your body produces a hormone called cortisol (stress hormone) which leads to weight gain instead? Also, 10 minutes of high intensity interval training (HIIT) is almost equal to 15 minutes of walking on the treadmill. So the amount of time you workout for is not directly related to how much weight you would lose.
More/only cardio = more fat loss
More than 25 minutes of cardio is exertion, you don’t ‘need’ it. I see people on the treadmill for like an hour so that they can feel satisfied seeing the amount of calories burnt go higher on it. Yes, cardio burns calories. But long duration of cardio every single day is of no use because your body will eventually adapt to it and no ‘fat loss’ any more. Also, you have to do weights!
“Weight training will make me bulky, I want to be slim.”
Okay very simple theory- cardio burns fat only when you are doing it and weight training burns fat through out the day. Which means, muscle tissue burns more calories and fat even when you are at rest because after weight training, for your muscles to repair fat is used and hence fat loss. Also, weight training never makes you bulky (unless you have extremely high testosterone levels), it tones you so you don’t have saggy skin.
Source : Google
Strict only-protein diet
You have to consume your macros every single day- which are protein, fat, and carbohydrates. These three macro-nutrients are required for your body to function efficiently. Skipping or over-doing is not a good decision at all. Look for a balance instead!
Strict fruit-and-vegetable diet
Not gonna explain the same thing about macros again but you really do need your bread, roti, cheese, oil, lentil, etc. You cannot eliminate macro-nutrients and expect great results.
Source : Google
Eat less = less calories = no weight gain
Fact : Under-eating leads to weight gain
You have to eat the amount of calories your body requires, and its not only about calories, its about nutrition. Which means, you can’t replace your lunch with a 300 calorie chocolate truffle cake because of its calorie count- that leads to excess sugar intake, no fiber intake, no nutrition intake and hence an unhealthy body. In the long run, it also reduces your metabolic rate.
So you had two scoops of ice cream and brownie and now you’re feeling guilty, hence you choose to skip your next meal in order to ‘compensate’ for the sinful dessert you just consumed. Sounds fine, because you get to compensate extra calories, jumping back to nutrition- are your macros being met? Is this good for your body? Next time, instead of feeling guilty and skipping a meal, replace it with a lighter but nutritious meal (eggs, curd, bread) because your body needs to be fed well.
“I need to lose x amount of weight in a week.”
Did you gain that amount of weight in a week? Nope. You can’t lose it in a week either (unless you plan to go for fad diets). Lose weight slowly and stably, not in a hurry. It’s a slow process, but its worth it for that body!