Those who motivate themselves to start dieting often set themselves too high goals. Do not fall into the trap of diet myths.
Myth # 1: Your weight as a twenty-year-old is your ideal weight
If no more than 1 or 2 years have passed since then, that may be true. But if that age is 15 or 20 years ago, consider it again. Many people gain weight as age progresses. It is also harder to be as physically active as in the twenties. Do not live in the past, but set a goal when losing weight that is appropriate for today.
Myth # 2: The ideal weight can be seen from the weight tables
There is a connection between size and weight. But many other factors also play a role in weight, such as physique. Or the metabolism: Do you inherently have a high basal metabolic rate or do you approach everything a little slower? How much your parents or close relatives weigh also has an impact. The number that stands for a person of your height is the weight table can only provide an approximation of what weight would be healthy for you.
Myth # 3: Your ideal weight is the lowest weight you could ever starve yourself on.
So you’ve lost a lot of weight before? And now that you are losing weight again, you may have increased a little or everything again. Correct your ideal weight. The best target weight is the one you can live with for the long term.
Myth # 4: The less you weigh, the healthier you are
That’s not true. Many studies prove that even severely overweight people only need to lose 5 to 10% of your weight to achieve a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Myth # 5: If you don’t reach your dream weight, you’ll never be happy.
Surely you don’t seriously believe that, do you? A number in itself means nothing at all. If you are in a vicious circle of weight loss and increase because of this number, you should replace yourself with a realistic number as soon as possible.