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List - Top Myths about Weight Loss – What are you doing wrong?

Weight gain is something many of us struggle with and in our desperation to lose the excess pounds, we can be following the wrong advice.

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Strenuous Exercises

Strenuous Exercises

Some of us have been told that regular strenuous exercise is the only way to lose weight. Despite exercise being undoubtedly good for our health, taken in isolation, it may not lead to weight loss. We may even find trying to motivate ourselves to exercise a chore. Joining a group of likeminded individuals may be the solution here. First Classs Personal Training offers group sessions with personal attention that will help keep you motivated and on track. Weight loss follows the simple rule that you need to be burning more calories that you consume, some of the best personal trainers Toronto has to offer will advise you on how to balance your food intake and exercise.

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Skipping meals

Skipping meals

Leading up to a big event or function we often resort to starving and skipping meals in an attempt to lose weight fast. It may seem rewarding at first because the results can be seen sooner but this typically turns to frustration the moment the 'diet' is over. When we go back to our usual eating pattern, the weight comes right back on. A radical dietary change that cuts out everything we enjoy eating is not one that can be sustained in the long term. Crash diets can also eliminate essential nutrients that our bodies need resulting in low energy and a craving for high-fat and high-sugar foods. Instead it is better to make smaller changes that can be maintained long term. Plan a 'cheat day' every two weeks or so to indulge in your favourite treats without guilt. It will make you feel happier about your diet.

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Slimming pills

Slimming pills

In our desperation to shed unwanted weight, slimming pills can seem like the best solution to speed up the process. However, off the shelf products that promise a noticeable change in just a few weeks, can do more damage than good. Many of these products are unlicensed and may contain ingredients that are harmful to our health. If you feel there is a need to use medication to help you lose weight, consult your general practitioner.

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'Low fat' or 'sugar free' alternatives

'Low fat' or 'sugar free' alternatives

One of our first steps when trying to lose weight is to reach for the 'low fat' or 'sugar free' alternatives on the supermarket shelf. These products are often misleading and in some cases can even lead to weight gain. Compare the ingredients of a fat reduced product against the full fat version, you may be surprised by the fat content listed there. In some cases, low fat is substituted with high sugar. 'Sugar free' often means artificial sweeteners have been used instead, many of which are damaging to our health. It may be best to simply stick to the full fat or naturally sweet versions and simply cut back on the quantity or frequency of consumption.

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Snacking

Snacking

Some of us think snacks are the worst enemy of weight loss. However, snacking does not have to be a bad thing, if you snack the right way. If you feel hungry between meals consciously reaching for a handful of unsalted nuts or a piece of fresh fruit, instead of a bar of chocolate or a bag of crisps may help keep the inches off your waist line.