Weight Loss Myths Debunked
It is said that losing weight can be very difficult and there are a few weight loss myths that might help and it goes better when you know what works and what doesn’t in the world of losing weight. However, weight loss is not all that complicated, it takes knowledge, dedication, and motivation and using effective methods that will deliver results for the long term.
Here are a few weight loss myths debunked
Pay attention to these weight loss myths as you are losing weight to enjoy success in your fitness endeavors and see results faster than you might otherwise.
- Eat as few calories as you can. This is a total weight loss myth. When you try to eat very few calories, your body’s metabolism goes into shutdown mode and your basal metabolic rate drops. When your basal metabolic rate drops, you need fewer calories to live off and will eventually stop losing weight, even if you are eating a very low-calorie diet. Instead of starving yourself, reduce your intake by about 500 calories per day so that you lose about a pound a week and your metabolic rate won’t be affected.
- Don’t eat any fat. You need fat in your diet although you can reduce the amount of fat to 10-20 g per day. Your cell membranes need fat to maintain themselves and there are essential fatty acids you must get in your diet in order to be healthy. Without fat, your skin will dry out and you will not be getting the nutrients you need for good health. Stick to good fats like coconut oil, grass-fed butter, olive oil for example.
- You can lose weight without exercise. Exercise is an important part of losing weight because it keeps your metabolic rate up so you can burn calories. Exercise increases the amount of food you can eat because it burns calories. You will be able to stick to your diet better if you exercise and eat more food rather than not exercising and having to eat a low amount of calories.
- You need a program to lose weight. While there are good weight loss programs out there, you can just as easily lose weight on your own if you count calories, keep your portion sizes down, and exercise regularly. Programs often cost money that not everyone can afford. All you need is a little bit of knowledge about weight loss and motivation, and you will lose the weight on your own. So, I agree you don’t necessarily need a program however you definitely must have a plan. Always a plan.
A few more weight loss myths to consider
- You can’t snack if you want to lose weight. If you stick to three meals a day without snacks, you will only feel hungry between meals and will snack on things that are unhealthy for you. It is better to eat several small meals per day and snack on healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep unhealthy snacks out of your home altogether.
- Eating breakfast is necessary if you want to lose weight. The evidence on this is mixed. Certainly, if you are hungry in the morning you should eat something when you wake up. If you don’t feel hungry, however, there is no reason that you have to force yourself to eat something. Eat when you’re hungry or better yet consider the Eat Stop Eat Intermittent Fasting to help you with your losing weight.
- You need to lose weight slowly and not quickly. There is no research to support that it is harder to keep the weight off if you lose the weight quickly. If you are super-motivated and lose weight quickly, there is no reason to expect that it will be hard to keep off. Go at your own pace as long as you are not starving yourself.
- You shouldn’t eat at night if you are trying to lose weight. What really counts is the number of calories you eat in one day and not so much when you eat them. If you eat at night, your body will metabolize it at the same rate as if you eat earlier in the day.
- Don’t weigh yourself every day. Some people feel that weighing yourself can be discouraging. Certainly, your weight may fluctuate from day to day but as long as you stick to your weight loss program, you will continue to gradually lose weight, whether you weigh yourself every day or not.
- All calories are the same. Actually, nutrient dense foods offer the body the nutrition it
needs and not just empty calories like junk food that is filled with fat and sugar and nothing else the body can use and those calories most often turn to fat in the body.
- Your weight is not hereditary. Unfortunately, you can inherit a parent’s slow metabolism so you will have to work harder to lose the weight. Look to your parents and their weight as guides telling you how difficult it might be for you to lose weight. Do not give up hope, however, as even slow metabolizers can lose weight.
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