And today, I will be smashing these 2 common weight loss myths.
Myth 1: Eating small frequent meals will boost your metabolism
We are often encouraged to eat 6 small meals a day (instead of 3 big meals) to boost our metabolism and keep it firing.
But there are 3 possible problems with this claim.
When we eat, our metabolism does increase as we need to process the food. But there is no evidence that this is of any significance when it comes to weight loss .
By constantly eating around the clock, we are potentially preventing our bodies from burning fat. When we eat, the body releases insulin. In short, this can prevent the breakdown and release of glucose and fats.
Snacking can potentially be a window to overeat. Eating just a little bit could leave you feeling unsatisfied and wanting MORE!
This study found that a decrease in eating frequency could help manage appetite .
Then again, some people find that they can manage their hunger better by eating frequently. That is, if they make the right snack choices.
The bottom line is that there is no one-size-fits-alls method. Choose what works BEST for YOU!
Just keep in mind that there are no metabolic advantages with eating more frequently.
Myth 2: Detox and juice cleanses help to remove toxins and promote weight loss
Do they work?
You’ll probably lose some weight but it’s most likely just water. You’ll immediately gain it back when you start eating again. Plus, you might end up feeling HANGRY from all the food that you’re depriving your body of (and potentially eating a whole lot more!).
The thing is that we have our very own super powerful and effective detox system – liver and kidneys. There is no evidence that going on a juice cleanse will make it work any better. Reports of people feeling “better” just after 3 days is probably because they’ve stopped eating all the processed food.
Essentially, it is nothing more than a marketing gimmick for juice companies to sell their juice.
The bottom line is that there are no quick fixes when it comes to weight loss and health. If there were, everyone would be looking fit and healthy.
If you do plan on going on juice cleanses as a way to kickstart new lifestyle habits, just keep in mind that it does not help with weight loss or removing toxins from your body.
Want to lose weight?
Cultivate good LIFELONG habits! Gradual, small and sustainable changes are the key to long term results.
- A little MORE fresh nutrient rich foods
- A little LESS ultra processed foods
- A little MORE movement
Let me know if you have any questions!