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7 Common Myths About Weight Loss Debunked

7 Common Myths About Weight Loss Debunked
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If you’re trying to lose a lot of weight or just shed a few pounds for the holidays, then you know the path to reaching your target weight can sometimes be discouraging, frustrating and even unhealthy. And with the wealth of unregulated information on the internet and varying biological differences, how is anyone supposed to know what works and what doesn’t?

Not to fear, ChangeYourEnergy is here to debunk some common myths and help you drop the weight; the healthy and conscious way!

MYTH #1: Diet Sodas are Better Than Regular Sodas
Diet sodas are full of artificial sweeteners, artificial flavor, and artificial everything really. Switching to any ‘diet’ alternative of your favorite soda is actually doing you more harm than good. WebMD conducted a study over a period of eight years and concluded, “There was a 41% increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day.”

So what’s the solution? Replace your favorite soda or diet soda with in immune-boosting, nerve-balancing tea rich tea like Hwangchil Tea for a refreshingly natural boost loaded with benefits.

MYTH #2: All Big Bellies are Just Fat
Before you hit the gym and do 100s of painful crunches, take a minute to do some detective work on the source of your unwanted bloat. Fluid retention, gas, irregularity, and food allergies are just some of the culprits of a bloated belly.

Funnily enough, our bodies retain fluids when we are dehydrated. This is a case where you should fight fire with fire - try drinking 8 glasses of water a day for a week. Probiotic-rich foods can help relieve constipation, irregularity and gas, or a simple diet adjustment might do the trick.

Listen to your body and keep experimenting.

MYTH #3: All Fat is Bad Fat
Just like there are good guys and bad guys in action films, there are good fats and bad fats in your kitchen. Your body needs the healthy fat found in nuts, avocados, and omega-3s, to name a few, to control your weight.

Eating bad fats (AKA trans fats) such as fried foods, pre-mixed products and anything with “partially hydrogenated” on the label can wreak havoc to your body and immune system, making it nearly impossible to lose unwanted weight.

MYTH #4: Carbs Are The Enemy
Your body absolutely needs carbs to thrive. But just like fats, there are good and bad carbs. Complex carbohydrates found in green vegetables, whole grains (oatmeal, pasta and whole-grain breads), and legumes are the kinds you want to include in your diet. They often contain fiber and many vitamins and minerals, making them a great source of long-lasting energy - the opposite of the “quick fix” found in simple carbs.

Simple carbohydrates found in white rice, refined sugar, sodas and candy are what you should avoid.

MYTH #5: Fat-burning Exercises Will Burn Fat
This myth is partially true and partially false. Of course, a high-intensity cardio workout is one of the most effective ways to drop unwanted pounds, but it must encompass the full body. In order to get the most out of a fat-burning exercise, it is vital to reduce the total body fat percentage.

Need something low-impact? Try the plate-balancing exercise and enjoy the total body benefits!

MYTH #6: Counting Calories Leads to Weight Loss

This one may be a shocker as it is one of the most common, yet misused, methods of weight loss instruction by professionals. What these health authorities do not take into account is the fact that everyone is different and processes food differently.

It is now widely accepted that quality and quantity are equally important for weight loss. Eating foods that benefit your subtle body and aid in raising your vibration and energy is a great alternative to painfully counting calories.

Utilize the healing powers of food in a mindful and conscious manner to assist you on your weight loss journey.

MYTH #7: Diet & Exercise Are The Only Ways to Lose Weight
While diet and exercise undoubtedly play incredibly important roles in weight loss, there are other major factors to consider as well. Healthy and consistent sleeping habits, managing stress, and maintaining a healthy mental state are also equally important. If you are sleep deprived and going through your day in a zombie state, then you are more likely to experience weight gain than someone who gets adequate sleep.

Eating replenishing foods, incorporating stress-reducing herbs, practicing mind-body exercises, and utilizing the Solar Body Method are all ways to healthily and consciously reach your target weight.

Have you busted any myths? Share with us and the CYE community below so together, we can thrive.

Written by Morgan Garza
Morgan is a free spirit, world traveler and a lover of light. She loves to write about and research our inner healing power to help people realize their true potential. An avid practicer of yoga and meditation, Morgan is continuously evolving. She encourages all of us to follow our dreams by taking that first step into the unknown and truly practices what she preaches.
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