Ten Of The Biggest Myths About Weight Loss

There is an endless supply of weight loss information on the internet. If you want to know something, you’ll more than likely find it. But how truthful are they? There are so many inaccuracies with tips and tricks to debunk some of this misinformation for you.

MYTH 1: All Calories are Equal

This doesn’t mean that every calorie source has the same effect on your weight. Each food that you choose will have a different metabolic pathway, and all of this can affect your hunger levels and the hormones that regulate body weight. There are different fat and carb calories from protein calories. So, they aren’t all of the same.

If you replace fat and carbs with protein, this can boost your metabolism and reduce any cravings and appetite, as well as increase the functionality of your weight-regulating hormones. If you eat fruit, the calories involved make you feel fuller, rather than eating refined foods like sweets and chocolate.

MYTH 2: You Can’t Target Specific Body Parts

You might decide to begin on the weightless journey because you don’t like your stomach or your thighs, and you’d like to tone them up asap! Unfortunately, you can’t. You’re able to lose weight overall if you eat the right foods, but you can’t target a certain area without exercising, and even then, you might find that your arms are toning before your stomach. Everybody is different, and it isn’t possible to target fat loss from a certain part of your body just through dieting. Through exercising, however, you can tone specific body parts, which will make them appear slimmer.

MYTH 3: Eating Fat Makes You Fat

Carbs and protein don’t have as many calories as fat, so, understandably, there’s a myth regarding this. It would help if you consumed fat for your body to break it down and, in turn, support you in losing weight. There are many healthy unsaturated fats that you can add to your diets, such as olive oil, nuts, and avocado. However, if you’re consuming unnecessary amounts of fat that are outside your needs, you’ll more than likely put weight on.

MYTH 4: You Have to Go Hungry If You Want to Lose Weight

Many people think that you have to starve yourself as the best way to lose weight. Our body needs food to break down to enable us to lose weight. If you starve yourself, any food that does go into your body will be kept as fat storage, and when you begin eating properly again, your body will keep it as fat instead of it going through your digestive system as it should. Do not skip meals. It will also slow down your metabolism and eventually trigger overeating, and it will more than likely push you towards the wrong foods. Focus on lean protein (nuts, Greek yogurt, carrots with hummus, berries). If you come to realize that no healthy foods appeal to you, and all you want are treats, then you’re not really hungry; you’re probably bored, so instead, change your thoughts and distract your mind.

MYTH 5: Losing Weight Is A Smooth Process

This is far from the truth. Losing weight is a difficult process, and some weeks you might feel really disheartened over a 1lb loss. But any loss is a loss, and it all adds up in the end. When you’re losing weight, your body weight will fluctuate, regardless of whether you’ve stuck to all the right foods. It’s human nature. When you look at the scale, you need to remember that you might have more water or food in your digestive system than you did the week before. It’s also difficult for women due to the menstrual cycle, we always put a couple of pounds of weight on during this time, but it will rebalance afterward.

MYTH 6: It’s Harder to Lose Weight as You’re Older

The only truth about this is that our metabolism does slow down as we get older. In fact, this is approximately 1-2% per decade! It does mean that due to your slower metabolism, your body will hold onto fat for longer since it burns fewer calories than it used it. The simple solution is to eat fewer calories than you did when you were younger, which should come easier with age as your appetite also decreases. The decrease in metabolism with age happens due to less muscle mass, which means we slow down on physical activity. So, if you increase your physical activity, you can increase your metabolism too.

MYTH 7: The Best Way to Lose Weight Is by Having A Juice Cleanse

This thought has been around for a while! A juice cleanse. This is supposed to help you lose weight fast by detoxing. However, it would mean you’re consuming a lot of liquid sugar through juices, and this, in turn, can spike your blood sugar and cause weight gain. It also means you’re depriving your body of real food. If you’re cutting calories, it can lead to weight loss, but drinking juice and cutting calories for too long can actually have the complete opposite effect.

MYTH 8: Carbs Are Bad for You

Carbs should be included in your meals as part of a healthy lifestyle. They aren’t bad for you, although they should be consumed in moderation as they’ll provide you with a source of energy. Not only are carbs good for you for energy purposes, but they also help regulate your digestive tract. However, be mindful, there are two different carbs: simple and complex.

The simple carbs include processed foods, such as savory snacks (crisps, sausage rolls, pies, and pastries), white bread. These can raise your blood sugar level and lead to weight gain if you overindulge. Complex carbs are more nutrient-dense foods such as beans, whole-grain bread, oats, legumes, and certain vegetables. These can help to keep your blood sugar levels regulated.

MYTH 9: Drinking A Certain Amount of Water Can Help You Lose Weight

Water has no caloric value, so it doesn’t contribute to either weight gain or weight loss. Water is beneficial for hydration. Whereas, if you substitute water for other drinks that you normally consume that contain calories, this will increase weight loss. Ultimately, you’ll reduce the number of calories consumed during the day.

MYTH 10: Cheat Days Are Okay

Well, no, they aren’t. Cheat days are not okay. A cheat meal to congratulate and encourage yourself is okay. There is a huge difference. If you’re waiting for a Saturday because you want a full greasy breakfast, along with a burger, chips and a large dose of mayonnaise on the side, and then a Chinese takeaway for dinner, you’re doing it the wrong way, and this will cause you to fall back into old habits.

On your cheat ‘days,’ change it to a cheat ‘meal,’ allowing yourself to either indulge in a naughty meal or a healthy meal and a gooey dessert. This meal or dessert will help to keep you on track and will help to avoid overindulging again.