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3 Weight Loss Myths

There are myths surrounding weight loss, especially when it comes to women.

The first myth is that it is all about what you eat, and this is where diets come in. They focus merely on just what you're eating, and there are many various types of eating plans.

We're not one-dimensional women. So when it comes to weight loss, you need something more than a one-dimensional or a one avenue to losing weight. If you've been focusing on the food and you feel like you're frustrated, you are not alone.

You are not the failure.

It is the diet or the eating plan that is failing you, because you are so much more than what you eat.

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Lose Weight Now

Step 1: Forget what you’ve learned. You may have heard that you need to exercise more and eat less. There are so many different factors that go into losing weight. A calorie is not just a calorie. For instance, sugar calories work differently on you than vegetable and protein calories. Consume too much sugar and it all turns to fat. And the diet foods that many of us turn to are full of sugar! Get rid of the diet mentality. Instead, think about how you feel after consuming the calories.

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Why You Get Sugar Cravings

Here are some reasons that may apply to you as to why you are craving sugar:

  • You are using artificial sweeteners
  • You sleep poorly
  • You are stressed
  • You are eating to soothe your emotions or to feel better
  • You body needs certain minerals

The above are the most common reasons why many of us, especially women crave for this.

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Sleep is very important when it comes to weight loss and overall health. Sleep is so important that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention[1] has contributed poor sleep to health issues such as:

  • Weight gain
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Depression
  • Obesity[2]

When you lack good sleep:

  • Your levels of leptin are decreased
  • Your levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone, is increased
  • You are hungry
  • You eat high calorie foods
  • You eat more food

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Here are some reasons that may apply to you as to why you are craving sugar: 

  • You are using artificial sweeteners
  • You sleep poorly
  • You are stressed
  • You are eating to soothe your emotions or to feel better
  • Your body needs certain minerals
  • Increase in the hunger hormone ghrelin – you eat more high calories foods especially sugar, the next day
  • The appetite suppressant hormone leptin is decreased
  • You have after dinner cravings causing you to eat more high-calorie sugar-rich foods even when you have had a big dinner
  • Low energy the next day so you subconsciously reach for a bagel, pastry or donut for a sugary energy boost
  • You eat more food the next day
  • You don’t feel satisfied, so you crave sugar
  1. Lower your stress - Do deep breathing exercises. Take a deep breath in, hold if for five seconds, and slowly let it out. Do this as many times as needed. Mediate or listen to some calming music. You can also journal as a way to get out of your head and lower your stress.
  2. Get better sleep - Sleep in the dark. Use blackout curtains or a sleep mask. 
  3. Check your foods for artificial sweeteners - Cut back on the amount you use. Check the ingredients labels on the foods in your cabinets for artificial sweeteners so you know how much you are consuming. Switch to stevia or erythritol as they have not been shown to cause sugar cravings.
  4. Check-in with your emotions - Are you hungry for sugary foods due to physical hunger or to elevate your mood? What is the emotion behind the craving? Find healthier alternatives such as going for a walk, talking to a friend, or writing in a journal.

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