Hope Wissel

Weight Loss Myths BUSTED!

Tomorrow is my weigh in day after a week of cruising and enjoying.  Did I walk a lot?  YES!  Did I eat way more than normal? YES!  But it is all okay. Life happens.  I have been back on track since I got home and hopefully this won’t be me….

I have been reviewing some of my past Weight Watcher weeklies to help me get back on track.  Somehow I seemed to have missed the one on “myths”.  I was amazed at how many of these myths are still floating around the internet (Facebook, specifically).

#1 MYTH: Some foods can boost your metabolism.

The truth is there is no evidence any food or drink can do this in the long run.  I have heard all about the benefits of green tea and even hot peppers BUT you would have to eat oodles to get a tiny spark.  I was happy to hear eating breakfast doesn’t boost it either.  I am not a big breakfast person, more like brunch… what food have you heard would boost your metabolism?

#2 MYTH: You shouldn’t eat after 8PM.

Your body is a 24/7 machine.  It doesn’t “close” after 8PM and it is working even while you are sleeping.  As long as you are eating within your SmartPoints (a WW thing) and getting in your FitPoints – you will have weight loss.  It doesn’t mean eat all of the leftover points at 10PM and then go to bed because if you do this too often, it could limit your loss.  Also, don’t go too long without eating because it will lead to overeating when you finally do sit down to eat.

#3 MYTH: Eat certain foods to flatten your belly.

WRONG!  There is no scientific evidence any food can do this.

#4 MYTH: You should cut out carbs.

Okay, I will admit I struggle with this one.  I have heard doctor’s talk about “limiting carbs” but not totally cutting them out.  Specifically carbs in processed foods so is it really the carbs or the processed foods we are eliminating.  Okay, back to the myth….When we avoid any one food category for a long period of time, chances are you will overdo it when you do “allow” yourself to have them.  Eat a balanced meal and allow yourself some of your favorites (in moderation) while you are losing weight.  Are you on a diet or are you changing your lifestyle to a more healthy one?

#5 MYTH: Losing weigh will wreck my metabolism.

WHAT????? I know this is crazy, right?  Now it is possible if you starve yourself and lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time because when you do this, the body goes into starvation mode.  When you have a safe rate of weight loss, your body can adjust to the reduced amount of food and increased activity.

#6 MYTH:  Muscle weighs more than fat.

I have heard this a million times so I know you have too.  The truth is, muscle doesn’t weigh more.  How can 5 pounds of muscle weigh more than 5 pounds of fat?  5 pounds is 5 pounds right?  The truth is muscle is more dense than fat so it seems to weigh more.  I know it is hard to wrap our heads around – I still struggle after all of these years (and 120 pounds lost).

What myth have you heard as you travel your weightless journey?  Is there something you have always heard but aren’t sure it is a myth – ask!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Hope Wissel

What Kind of Car are you?

Doing morning devotionals from iBelieve.com this morning called “What is Your Pace?” made me think about the differences between my hubby and I.  Now, I know they say that opposites attract but it can be tough sometimes as you deal with life on life’s terms each day.

There are actually five categories of cars that were described as an exert from a book entitled “10 Best Decisions a Man Can Make”.  The 5 categories are: the muscle car, the sports car, the semi, the mail truck and the tractor.  As I read the descriptions of each, I thought about my hubby and my daughter (even though she doesn’t live at home).  The results may help me to better understand their reactions to the way that I handle or do things.

Rob is like a “semi“.  He stops and starts slowly, planning out life.  I have always said that he is a planner – he sets goals and achieves them whether it is planning a vacation or paying off the mortgage.  Each goal has the same methodical plan.

As you can probably guess, this is definitely NOT me!  I am more like the “mail truck“.  Although I don’t walk around with a sign on my back that says “makes frequent stops” those that know me would probably say this is try.  I am on a route but move at a slower pace because I am interested in individuals (family, team, friends) and am easily interrupted with checking on them.  Some may say that I switch to a “sports car‘ on some days because they prefer roads that have lots of turns and quick transitions so I am spontaneous in decision-making.  

My daughter on the other hand is a “muscle car“.  When you really get to know her, she likes to move fast, make quick decisions and pursue big opportunities while charging towards her goals.

This is such a great way to understand the dynamics that take place in our family.  I know that no matter how many turns or stops that I make, Rob is always ahead of me planning and moving forward waiting for me to get back on the road behind the semi.  Just as I get frustrated on the road when a semi is in front of me – I get frustrated at times with his planning nature.  I love that my daughter is charging forward towards her goal always knowing that the semi and mail truck are here to back her up when she needs it.

What is your pace? Check out the article on iBelieve.  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!