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5 things not to do (especially) when you want to lose weight

 5 things not to do (especially) when you want to lose weight

Skipping a meal, joining a gym, investing in a high-tech scale... To get rid of our stubborn pounds, we don't stop sacrificing. Marie Tandonette, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, sets the record straight...

According to a survey published by the National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) in October 2013, 6 out of 10 French women want to lose weight. And to achieve our goal of slimming, we sometimes make serious mistakes! Dietitian and Nutritionist Marie Tandonette gives us a list of things not to (especially) do...

To lose weight, I can skip a meal

What we imagine ... in the end, losing weight is very easy: you just have to eat less and the pounds disappear as if by magic. So, for lunch, 1 herbal tea + 1 carrot + ½ cucumber without vinegar will be: zero calories! And presto, we already feel thinner.

the truth. "If you skip a meal because you're not hungry, that's not a problem. On the other hand, if you want to lose weight, it's completely counterproductive: in fact, hunger builds up and you can be sure that at the next meal it will force you to eat twice as much."

To lose weight, I have to stop eating chocolate, sweets, sausage ...

What you can imagine... Chocolate is the comfort food par excellence: in the case of depression, it is absolutely essential. The problem: Chocolate (especially the ones we love, with hazelnuts and caramel) are high in calories. Wicked: Slaughtered on the altar of thinness. And presto, we already feel thinner.

the truth. To lose weight, it's pointless to deprive yourself of the foods you love: after a while, cracking becomes inevitable and silhouette-destroying—talking about cognitive limitations. It's best to keep your food appalling but limit yourself to one or two servings in the week ".

To lose weight, I must include my whole family in my diet

What we imagine... dieting alone, no thanks. To lose weight more easily, we decided to take the whole family on board for the adventure. Tonight's vegetable broth + raw vegetables for everyone! And presto, we already feel thinner.

the truth. Of course, there is no doubt that you are preparing two meals - if your diet is prepared by a dietitian, it must be balanced and, therefore, by default, suitable for the whole family. On the other hand, if you follow a low-calorie or no-calorie diet Salt or completely gluten-free, do not impose it on your loved ones: you risk causing the onset of eating disorders.

To lose weight, I have to weigh myself several times a day.

What we imagine...the scale is our new best friend. Because we want to lose weight, we weigh ourselves several times a day and carefully monitor the development of numbers - stock market style. And presto, we already feel thinner.

the truth. In fact, the scale doesn't reveal much: you can certainly gain 250 grams a day due to water retention or weight gain while slimming, simply because muscle is denser than fat. If you really want to weigh yourself, do it once a week, no more. !"

To lose weight, you must join the gym

What we imagine... We are often told: to lose weight, you have to eat better and exercise. As a result, we flaunted the credit card for a gym membership + sneakers + ultra-fashionable fitness apparel + a high-tech activity tracker. And presto, we already feel thinner.

the truth. “Regular physical activity is actually very important for healthy weight loss. On the other hand, it is essential to choose a sport that you want to make sure you don’t give up after a couple of sessions. Otherwise, you can also inject sports into your daily life – using the stairs instead of the elevator, for example " .


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