This Is Jessica Sepel's #1 Slim Down Tip (and It's Not What You Think)
From the keto diet to the healthy-gut diet (and everything in-between) there's a lot of dieting advice out there. So much so, that it can be hard to debunk what is actually going to work for your body because of one main factor: Every body is different.
While we are all about educating ourselves about healthy living and trying to avoid the most common weight loss mistakes, if you find yourself fatigued after trying what seems like every diet trend and still cannot find a regimen that works for you, INF / Network member and nutritionist, Jessica Sepel, has some answers. In a blog post, she outlines the most common weight loss myths she commonly sees and wants you to stop believing, stat.
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MYTH #1: Artificial sweeteners are a healthy replacement
"Fake sugars are both toxic and addictive, and among the worst things for our health. Your body gets confused and reacts in two detrimental ways: (1) As your body gets used to them, you crave sweet things, but your satiety hormones are suppressed. You don't recognise when you are full or satisfied; or (2) Your body experiences insulin spikes due to the sweeteners that lead to metabolic disorders, weight gain, and long-term deregulation of appetite."
myth #2: Working out more automatically means more weight loss
"Over-exercising can make you hungrier! It can also cause adrenal exhaustion, which leads to hormonal imbalance. A tired and exhausted body will encounter all kinds of hormonal havoc, including fat storage."
Sepel also adds, “You can change your body's hormones and burn off fat in a short amount of time by doing high-intensity interval training, and deep muscle resistance exercises."
MYTH #3: eating fat will make you fat
"Fat-free foods are usually loaded with sugar. (They have to replace the good-tasting fat with something don't they?) Your body isn't great at making use of simple sugars, and any extra sugar that the body can't use is stored as fat!"
Sepel also encourages that "Good fats are essential to give your body energy and to support cell growth. They also help protect your organs (your heart!) and help your body absorb nutrients and produce important hormones, too."
MYTH #4: Burning more calories than you eat means you will autmoatically lose weight
"Just like we cannot control our cardiovascular system, we cannot control our metabolism. It's far more complex than calories in, calories out. Life-sustaining functions are automatically regulated by the body. Focusing on the quality of foods will enhance the effectiveness of your metabolism. When we put the wrong quality of food into our body, it becomes hormonally clogged, and the level of fat in our body rises."
myth #5: All you need is three meals a day
"We must eat every three to four hours to keep our blood sugar levels stable. In my opinion, stable blood sugar is the key to a good weight. This help curb cravings, speed up metabolism, and control your mood. When we don't eat for long periods of time, your body thinks it's being starved and then goes into survival mode. (Your body is so clever!) So what will it do to survive? Hold onto something, anything. And what does it hold onto? Fat!"
Sepel recommends reading this book for a deeper understanding of burning fat.