Common Myths About Weight Loss

Weight loss can sometimes be a little difficult because of the thousand and one “Dos” and “Don’ts”. Here are some popular misconceptions that can make the journey of weight loss tiring.

Carbs make you gain weight

Carbohydrate-rich foods are part of the diet for healthy living. Cutting carbs in the name of weight loss is no good for the body. There are even low-carb diets for weight loss. It is all about proportions. Eating the right amount of carbs (not refined carbs) is nutritious and essential for the body.

All calories are equal

When it comes to weight loss, all calories are not equal. The body processes calories according to the food source, and this affects the weight of the body. When processed, these calories have a different effect on metabolism, hunger, and hormones. Hence, they regulate body weight in different dimensions.

Counting calories is part of weight loss process

Counting calories to regulate the quantity of food taken seem interesting and safe for weight loss, but it is not. It emphasizes quantity of food over the kinds of food eaten and it is dangerous to the health. The quality of food is important because there should be a balance to ensure the body is receiving all the appropriate nutrients.

Exercise helps to lose weight

Physical activity such as regular exercising helps in weight loss, but it doesn’t work alone. The number of calories burnt during workouts can be replaced in a single unhealthy meal. It is therefore essential to make diet and lifestyle changes for best weight loss results.

Fat makes you gain weight

Contrary to popular opinion, fat does not make one fat. In reality, fat helps in weight loss. High-fat diets reduce appetites, prevent fat storage and boots calories eventually leading to weight loss. The truth is nothing is fattening about dietary fat. It does not mean a combination of fats, high carb, and junk food is not going to cause weight gain.

Eating breakfast is necessary to lose weight

It has been argued that breakfast eaters weigh less than breakfast skippers, but this is not a one for all conclusion. The truth is the weight gained or not gained is a function of the type of meals taken and the proportion in which they are eaten. Eating breakfast only helps to establish regular and healthy eating habits.

Eating late makes you gain weight

Studies have supported this fact, but it is not a hard and fast rule. A few exceptions are permitted depending on schedules and daily activities. People who work into the night can take a late night meal but should avoid high calories. Also, people who start their day late can afford a late night meal at least two hours before they go to bed.

Starvation/ Skipping Meals speeds up weight loss

Skipping meals and staying hungry is the fastest way to go off weight loss plan. Staying off meals will put the body under more pressure to eat more than the required amount when food is eventually served. It is better to eat many times in sizable portions. Just ensure the needed calories for the body to meet its daily routine are consumed at the right time.

Willpower helps to lose weight

The success or failure of a weight loss plan should never be associated with willpower. Some people are lucky to overcome factors such as genetics, environment, and others when trying to lose weight, but others are not able to do same. The most challenging one is trying to hold on to the weight loss with all other biological factors around pushing one to go back to old habits.

Fast food is fattening

Fast food is not same as unhealthy food.  Fast food chains now have healthy alternatives for people who want to eat healthily. It is all a matter of choosing the right meal to regulate your weight.

Weight loss is achievable. One needs to try with a clear mind.


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