Being in shape is a big deal, more than ever. Therefore, the internet is awash with weight loss tips. Many of these are heavily flawed and have led some people to the wrong path. Here are six of the commonest weight loss myths.
Thinner is healthier!
Obesity may increase your risk of several chronic illnesses, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers but many chubby people are metabolically healthy and plenty of thin people have these same chronic diseases. What matters more is where your fat builds up. If you have a lot of fat in your abdominal area, you’re at a greater risk of metabolic disease.
While it is true that as long as you keep carb intake low and protein intake high, you’ll lose weight, the obesity epidemic started around 1980 and yet humans have been eating carbs for a very long time. The fact is that whole foods that are high in carbs are healthy while refined carbs like refined grains and sugar are definitely linked to weight gain.
It may seem logical that eating less and moving more would cause weight loss but this only works in theory. Most people who follow this advice end up regaining any lost weight due to physiological and biochemical factors. A major and sustained change in perspective and behaviour is needed to lose weight with diet and exercise. Simply restricting your food intake and getting more physical activity aren’t enough.
Losing weight is a Linear Process!
Some days and weeks you may lose weight, while during others you may gain a little bit. This is not a cause for concern. It’s normal for body weight to fluctuate up and down by a few pounds. You may be carrying more food in your digestive system or holding on to more water than usual making you weigh more. This is even more pronounced in women, as water weight can fluctuate significantly during the menstrual cycle.
The main reason that supplements may work for some people is because they tend to become more conscious of what they eat while using the supplements.
The truth of the matter is that most supplements for weight loss are ineffective. The best ones can help you lose a bit of weight, at most.
Fat makes you fat!
Fat can be calorie-dense especially in junk foods but as long as your calorie intake is within a healthy range, fat does not make you fat. In fact, your body needs healthy fats to function properly.
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