Thursday, December 30, 2010

How to Lose Weight in 30 Days-More Diet Rules That Are Meant to Be Broken

Now that the New Year is almost here, many women, and yes, some guys too, have weight loss goals. Some people may want to diets without exercise (not good, by the way). Some may want to lose a certain percentage of body fat by following a strict diet for 30 days. Other may desire to lose 10 pounds in 30 days or lose 20 pounds 30 days.

Whatever your fat loss or weight loss goal is, as discussed in the previous post, there are many diet myths we believe that are not true. In fact, if we follow them, they may sabotage our weight loss efforts.

In today's post, we will cover the last 3 of the 7 diet rules that are meant to be broken.

-Diet Myth #5: Be very afraid of fat. The truth is, don't be afraid of fat. Instead, focus on healthy fats-the unsaturated mono, poly, and Omega-3s in fish, seeds, and olive oil. The fats you want to avoid are the saturated and trans fats which clog your arteries and increase your risk for heart disease. Avoid foods such as chips, crackers, fried foods, butter, and fatty meats. Focus on the healthy fats which helps your body break down and absorb nutrients like vitamins A and E and beta carotene.

-Diet Myth #6: Never go to the drive through. Some people think an energy bar or protein shake is much better than fast food. This is true to a point. However, keep in mind that most food chains now offer healthy options. You can ask for items to be grilled, order the smallest sizes, and get nothing supersized. You can also check the menu and the nutrition content of foods before you make a stop.

-Diet Myth #7: Reach for the 100 calorie snack pack. Don't fall for the idea that the numerous 100 calorie snacks available today are good for you. Most are loaded with artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated oils (which is a trans fat and clogs the arteries). They will leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied after consumption. As a result, you will want to eat even more. In addition, most of the snacks lack protein and fiber. If you like to grab and go pack, instead use ziplock bags and create your own 100 calorie sweets. These can include whole wheat crackers with 1 tsp of peanut butter, 15 almonds or cashews, 3/4 cup of blueberries, 15 chocolate covered raisins, etc.

Don't fall for top 7 diet myths. Follow the above recommendations and you will be well on your way to achieve your weight loss goals!

Train Hard! Drop the Pounds!
Monique Hawkins

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