- Don’t eat after 8pm.
It doesn’t matter what time your last meal is for the day. What matters is how many calories you have consumed throughout the day and that you are consuming them in smaller meals at regular intervals (so that you can easily digest the food and not store fat). If you like to nibble at night, milk and yogurt are great options because they contain high levels of tryptophan, which will also improve your quality of sleep.
- Stop eating fat!
The truth is if you want to lose weight, you will have to cut back on ‘bad’ fat, meaning processed and junk food. However, if you want your body to function at its best and get rid of those extra pounds for you, then you will have to fuel it with some ‘good’ fat. Great sources include olive oil, avocados, salmon, sardines, sesame seeds, tahini, almonds and walnuts.
- Cooking destroys vitamins.
Cooking actually helps your body absorb certain nutrients and vitamins better. For example, the cancer fighting lycopene is much more potent when cooked as tomato sauce, rather than eaten raw in tomatoes. The most important rule to remember is to never over boil your vegetables because all of their good stuff will be left behind in the water. Instead steam, grill or cook them in the microwave.
- ‘Light’ products lead to weight loss.
It’s helpful to eat ‘light’ products when cutting back on calories, but remember that your body still needs to work just as hard to digest them. The most common mistake is drinking gallons of low calorie soda thinking that it won’t impact your body. Your liver still has to work through all of the caffeine and sweeteners! Try drinking something else in place of soda. Check out a cool detox tea recipe here.
- It’s healthy, so I can eat as much as I want.
Same problem as the ‘light’ products mentioned above. Overeating healthy foods will not lead to weight loss and can actually cause weight gain if you really overdo it!