The Worst Advice We've Heard on Healthy Weightloss (Part 2)

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on July 23 2018

We’ve all had someone give us advice involving odd food combinations or starving ourselves, but a couple of not-so-healthy tips are being delivered by celebrities. In order to get their hot bods, the Kardashian sisters admitted that they rely on Quick Trim diet pills. This is a sure way to starve yourself and while you may have weight loss, it will likely only be temporary.

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“Don’t eat fruit.” Sure, there are some fruits that you’ll want to stay away from due to their excessive sugar content but ridding your diet of fruit completely is not a good idea. It’s all about the berries. These bursts of sweetness not only fix your sweet tooth, but they are packed with high levels of phytochemicals, which are nutrients that assist with cell damage protection. 

“Eat less and up your cardio.” The problem here is that by decreasing your calories drastically, your body naturally thinks that it’s going through a famine, which in turn, slows down your metabolism. The end result here is that you actually end up burning fewer calories. When you lower your calorie count, your body increases its production of the stress hormone cortisol, and in turn, you break down much more muscle tissue when done improperly. It’s better to know what you are doing. So, instead of spending countless hours on the treadmill, throw in some weight training for a more long-term calorie burn.

“Trust food labels.” If you’ve recently set out to tackle some major weight loss goals, there is a good chance that you’ve been educating yourself on how to read food labels. While we like to think that manufacturers are telling us the truth about what is inside the packaging, these labels can be misleading at times. When something says, “low fat,” that likely means that more sugar has been added. Another marketing tool is tacking on ‘no sugar added’ to a wrapper. This usually means that artificial sweeteners are being used to supplement the lack of sweetness. These sweeteners fill your fat cells and make it more difficult to lose weight. And believe it or not, when something is described as being “light,” the manufacturer may be referring to the color, texture or flavor of the product and not the calorie count. Remember, while your goal may be weight loss, a manufacturers goal is to simply sell a product.

Many products contain preservatives which are not listed on the label. Preservatives slow weight loss. If it goes bad in 5 days, that is a good thing. Stay away from preservatives, they are unhealthy.


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