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Many ladies believe that eating after 6pm will lead to weight gain. However, there is actually no evidence that eating after a certain time promotes weight gain. In fact, some ladies will choose to eat oversized, high-calorie meals during their last meal of the day before 6pm in order not to feel hungry at night, leading to overeating and weight gain.
According to nutritionists, the best way to manage late-night hunger is to have evenly spaced meals and snacks every few hours to stabilise blood sugar*, which keeps hunger pangs at bay.
Starving yourself is not likely to help you lose weight. On the contrary, it may lead to weight gain instead. The main problem is that crash diets are too hard to maintain. When your body is low on energy, you begin to crave for high-fat and high-sugar foods. When you finally give in, you tend to eat more than you should. Besides this, when your body is not getting enough nourishment, your metabolism will slow down in order to conserve energy and your body will go into the ‘starvation mode’ and start storing fat.
Therefore, one of the ways to lose weight is to should continue to eat three meals a day with two healthy snacks*. You may also eat five or six meals a day in smaller portions, which can be better digested and used by your body*. Eating more fruits, vegetables and lean meats also helps to keep your metabolism high*.
Many ladies limit their water intake because they have the misconception that drinking too much water will cause them to gain weight or look bloated. However, having insufficient water in the body is one of the wrong way to lose weight as it only worsens water retention. This is because the body system will start storing water, thinking that there is now a shortage due to lesser water intake.
Ideally, one should drink about 6 to 8 glasses of water daily*. Besides, drinking a glass of warm water before eating can also help you to lose weight as it will help to fill the stomach and make you feel fuller more quickly*. Water is also an appetite suppressant that reduces your food intake*.
Skipping rice and noodles is another one of the wrong ways to lose weight. Many ladies believe that all carbohydrates are bad and skipping them is the fastest way to lose weight. However, carbohydrates will not cause weight gain when eaten in the right quantities. What makes you gain weight is the fat that you add to the carbohydrates which boosts the calorie content, such as butter on toast and creamy sauces with pasta.
In the short term, low or no carb diets may lead to weight loss but the majority of this loss comes from the loss of water, not fat. There will also be a loss of precious lean muscles which are metabolically active and burn calories even when you are at rest. A decrease in muscle mass means your body burns lesser calories and your weight loss will rebound very quickly*. Other side effects of low or no carb diets include bad breath, nausea, fatigue, nutrient deficiency and higher risks of kidney and liver problems.
Therefore, instead of skipping carbohydrates entirely to lose weight, avoid only processed carbohydrates that are high in sugar and white flour*. Opt for whole grain and whole meal carbohydrates such as brown rice and whole meal bread*.
Another bad way to lose weight is taking slimming pills or appetite suppressants, especially those with dangerous side-effects and are unapproved by FDA. Experts suggest that most slimming pills are nothing more than a quick fix loaded with caffeine and diuretics that lead to dehydration and gastrointestinal problems.
Other side-effects include dizziness, insomnia, constipation, nausea, anxiety, bladder or kidney stones and even liver damage.