How to lose weight: The top 10 weight loss myths debunked – Daily Express

How to lose weight: The top 10 weight loss myths debunked – Daily Express

Losing weight is crucial if you’re overweight or obese, which 64 percent of adults in England are. If you have excess weight and you’re trying to find the best way to lose it, it can be hard to know what information to trust when there are so many fad diets and diet myths. Fear not, chatted to the experts at the British Heart Foundation to find out the top 10 weight loss myths.

Healthier foods are more expensive

Lots of people complain that eating a healthy, balanced diet is too expensive and impossible for people on a low income, but this isn’t true.

According to the BHF, eating healthy doesn’t have to cost any more than eating junk food all the time.

You can do the following to cut costs:

  • Buy frozen fruit and vegetables. They come ready to use and they’ll help you reduce waste. You can use only what you need and put the rest back in the freezer. It will last longer in the freezer than fresh products.
  • Try cheaper or supermarket own brands. The value range is usually similar in taste to premium brands.
  • Write a shopping list and stick to it. Planning each of your meals for the week can help you stop your shopping bill from going up by adding things you don’t need like sugary treats.
  • Use more pulses in your meals. Pulses (like beans, lentils, chickpeas and peas) are usually one of the cheapest supermarket items. They are low in fat and full of vitamins and fibre to keep you fuller for longer. They’ll also add flavour and texture to any tasty meal.
  • Cook from scratch rather than eating ready meals or takeaways. Making your own food at home is a great way to make your food budget go further. You can make savings if you buy loose fruit and vegetables instead of pre-packed ones. You can also control what goes into your meal to make it healthier.

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Intense exercise is the only way to lose weight

Don’t waste your time on a treadmill for hours a day if your aim is to lose weight.

The most effective way to lose weight is to reduce the number of calories we eat and drink, the BHF points out.

Exercise can support weight loss when we consume fewer calories, but it won’t do all of the work alone.

The BHF site adds: “Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week, like walking and cycling, or 75 minutes of intense activity every week by playing sports such as football.

“If you’re exercising to lose excess weight, you may want to do more than this, and reduce your calorie intake.

“Intense (or vigorous) exercise, like running and swimming, makes you breathe hard and fast – it’s usually difficult to speak to someone without pausing during intense activities.

“Intense exercise isn’t suitable for everyone, so if you have a medical condition, your doctor …….


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