Nutrition

Want to Get Your Eating Habits Under Control? Forget These 5 Popular Beliefs!

Are you one of the many people who have decided to make a major change in their eating habits in the new year? Then you’ve come to the right place! Max, the FizzUp trainer, is here to tell you the five popular beliefs that you need to forget if you want to get your eating habits under control.

1 | Get your eating habits under control without skipping a meal

Skipping a meal might sound tempting when you think that the less you eat, the faster you’ll lose weight. But this dangerous assumption is as harmful to your health as it is to your ability to reach your weight loss goals. If you stop eating, your body goes into starvation mode, which means that it will start drawing on your fat stores for energy.

This is true, but once you start eating again, your body immediately starts to store fat for fear that it will go back into starvation mode. Saying no to food is one of the root causes of the yo-yo effect that many people who go on restrictive diets experience.

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And that’s not all! When you skip a meal, you’ll make yourself even hungrier by next time you eat, which means that you’ll overeat or eat faster and your body won’t tell you you’re full until it’s too late. This is no way to start and maintain better eating habits.

2 | Get your eating habits under control without depriving yourself with a strict diet

If you’ve decided to start a restrictive diet plan in the new year, then you have to pay extremely close attention to what you eat and say no to all the foods you love. But do you really think this will work out for you in the long run?

This tactic throws you into a dangerous vicious circle. Improving your eating habits means eating better in a way that’s beneficial for your mental health, too, because this is what’s going to influence the decisions you make. The more you deprive yourself, the more frustrated you become, which in turn makes you more prone to temptation, upping your chances of devouring the next package of cookies you see next. Then you run the risk of gaining back all the weight you lost (or even more)!

To get your eating habits under control, think of your diet in terms of balance rather than restriction. FizzUp Nutrition* can help you make the right meal choices without making you refuse snacks or dessert. It’s all a matter of selecting the right ingredients to keep the number on the scale from drastically rising.

3 | Get your eating habits under control without weighing yourself all the time

When you’re trying to lose weight, you’re dying to know if your efforts are paying off, so one way to do this springs to mind: weighing yourself every day to monitor your progress. But that’s one thing you definitely shouldn’t be doing!

Your weight doesn’t say much about your evolution. Why? Because if you get back into exercise and start eating a healthy and balanced diet, you’ll start to build muscle and burn fat. Knowing muscle weighs just as much as fat, your weight stays the same.

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You’ll only start to lose weight when you burn more fat than the muscle you build after a certain length of time, which can vary from person to person. During the first few weeks of your lifestyle change, your weight won’t fluctuate that much, but you’ll start to see a change in your physique. Fat takes up more space than muscle. See for yourself by measuring around your biceps, chest, waist, buttocks and thighs.

If you still want to weigh yourself, you can do so twice a week at most, ideally at the same time in the morning after you’ve gone to the toilet and before you eat breakfast, so that you can get a general idea of how your body is evolving.

4 | Get your eating habits under control without banning carbs

Some magazines still say that carbs are bad for your health and make you gain weight. If that were completely true, the most logical solution would be to completely cut them out. Here’s another totally false popular belief.

Carbs are made up of organic components that are your body’s main source of energy. They represent over half of your recommended daily intake (up to 55%). Completely eliminating carbs from your diet can have some seriously harmful effects on your health and lead to deficiencies.

After exercise, it’s best to eat complex carbs like grains, rice and beans in order to replenish your glycogen stores: your muscle’s primary source of energy!

5 | Get your eating habits under control with confidence

New Year’s resolutions are fleeting at best when you don’t see results after all your hard work. Remember, you’ve got to be patient if you want to make any substantial progress!

For some, the eating habits you have now originated during your childhood, so it’s hard to change everything you’ve learned at a very young age overnight. To get your eating habits under control for good, you have to gradually change them so that you don’t give up on your resolutions.

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Think about how long it took you to gain the weight you want to lose and you’ll know how long you’ll need to eliminate it when you get back into exercise and start a more wholesome diet. Your efforts will pay off if you keep the saying, “nothing ventured, nothing gained” in mind. You can rely on your FizzUp workout program to get you to your goal because we’re experts in exercise and nutrition. Bringing out the best in you is our mission.

Forgetting these five popular beliefs from the FizzUp trainer makes it so much easier to start fresh in your eating habits for the new year. With your FizzUp trainer, you’ll learn how to start and maintain a healthy diet that’s right for your fitness goal. Keep it up! Getting started is always the hardest part.

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