Top weight loss myths busted!!

weight loss myths

If you really want to know the trick to lose weight fast and easy without any hard work, then I am sorry to say that there’s no magic trick available anywhere which can enable you to do so. You need to take care of your diet and burn calories in order to lose weight. We have observed in our humble opinion that caloric deficit is the best way forward in order to lose weight. ‘Caloric deficit’ refers to being in a depleted state for the amount of calories you require on a daily basis to lose weight. It is really that simple folks. You need to eat more calories than you burn in order to gain weight and you need to eat less calories than you need in order to lose weight.

There is a lot of misinformation and misguiding advertisements (or weight loss myths) circulating right now that it is impossible to pinpoint the right technique anymore. Let us burst a few myths circulating around weight loss tips so that you can make an informed decision yourself.

Myth no. 1:- Lemon juice squeezed in warm water helps in weight loss

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Lemon water is not a Hogwarts magic potion which will magically reduce those inches around your waist. Lemon water has its benefits like faster metabolism, good dose of vitamin C and my reduce bloating. Chugging tonnes of lemon water in the hope of getting slim won’t help you at all. But yes, by all means if you want to replace your high calorie/sweetened drinks like coffee, soft drinks or sugary juices then go for it. Adding lemon to water is a nice way of adding some flavor to water and can be used to replace the above mentioned drinks which will reduce your overall calories. But lemon water alone won’t do you any good as far as weight loss is concerned.

Myth no. 2: Fats are your no.1 enemy

This one is perhaps the most common of the weight loss myths.

I think you already know that 1 gram of fat contains 9 units of calories while¬† carbs and protein contains 4 units per 1 gram. This and much other misinformation about fat makes people skeptical about eating fat. But the fact is that fat is not your enemy. It is in fact beneficial in some cases to eat more fat for weight loss. Don’t believe us check out this article on “Ketogenic diet” which focuses mainly on fat. And we have found it to be a great diet for all the weight loss enthusiasts.

Myth no. 3: Supplements can help you lose weight

Well this statement is true to certain extent but not entirely. Weight loss supplement manufacturers want you to believe that their supplement is the only ingredient you need to reduce those pounds. Well, the definition of supplement as per dictionary.com is “something added to complete a thing, supply a deficiency or reinforce or extend a whole.” So now you understand what supplement really is. It just adds to your existing weight loss methodology or enhances it. They cannot make you lose weight just by popping a few pill everyday. Weight loss supplements are pretty useless in our humble opinion and can be a deterrent to health too if taken unsupervised.

Myth no. 4: Low fat/low sugar foods will help you lose weight

There’s a huge influx of low fat/low sugar foods in the supermarkets and these foods are even labelled as to assist in weight loss. What a load of horse pile that is? If you look closely at the nutrition label of some of these “health foods” you’ll find that these foods have same or more calories than the original full fat/sugary version of the food. Do not fall for such a gimmick. Be an aware citizen and read the labels properly before buying anything off the shelf.

Myth no. 5: A calorie is a calorie – no matter where it comes from

All calories are not equal. There are good calories and then there are some bad calories. A bowl of chicken salad with 200 calories is never going to be equivalent to a piece of cake with 200 calories. It really matters what you put inside your body as a fuel. For example, chicken salad will give you sustained energy over a long period of time while the piece of cake will spike your insulin, making you feel energetic for a while and then when the insulin drops ( which it will very soon), you’ll feel energy less and pretty much awful. Our advice would be to avoid all sugary drinks/foods, aerated drinks and alcoholic drinks.

Myth no. 6: Fat is in my DNA and I cannot control it

This is another of the so called weight loss myths. While we admit that obesity is hereditary and may pass from generation to generation but that does not mean it cannot be fought or controlled. A good regime of exercise and diet has enabled millions of people having the so called “bad DNA” to become healthy and lead a very happy and fulfilling life. So stop making excuses and step out of your comfort zone.

Myth no. 7: You can eat as much as you want as long as it’s healthy

We come across this statement numerous times. Many people think that it is alright to eat as much as you want as long as you are eating healthy foods. First of all, most of people have a wrong definition of health foods as we have already explained above. Secondly, you’d be surprised to know that even super healthy food has to be eaten in moderation to maintain a healthy weight. We suggest calculating your daily caloric intake. There are numerous online calculators which will enable you to do that. And now you need to stick to these calories everyday. You can make a few adjustments to this meter as per your need but as already suggested – more calories above maintenance will make you gain weight and vice-versa.

Myth no. 8: All fast food is junk

A majority of fast foods are bad for your health and weight loss goals but there are numerous healthy options available in fast food joints as well. You do not have to feel left out when you visit a fast food joint with your family and friends next time. There are salads, grilled foods and even healthy burger options available at almost all the fast food joints. Its the deep fried, cheesy stuff and soft drinks that you need to stay away from.

 

Myth No. 9: Eating late at night will make you fat

It is true to a certain extent. But we would like to alter this statement to this “eating a heavy meal right before bed can make you fat”. Even the altered statement might not be true. If you have a maintenance calorie of 2000 calories per day and your late night meal makes you fall within that caloric intake, then chances are you won’t gain weight from your late night meal. Eating late at night might slow your metabolism which might make digestion poor but as long as you are eating within your caloric intake, you’d not get fat.

Myth No. 10: Losing weight is a lot of hard work, is boring and takes a lot of time

Another popular myth is the amount of work needed to reduce weight. There is some amount of hard work involved in losing weight but its not a huge amount. There is a certain amount of discipline, self control and focus required along with little hard work. If you mix these ingredients in right quantity ( notice the word is ‘right’ not ‘large’) then weight loss does not seem that big a deal. Plus you can always alternate your food choices, work out regimes on a regular basis so that they do not get boring at all. In fact, creating new healthy dishes and trying new workouts can be extremely fun too. Now regarding the question of the amount of time it takes, it entirely depends on you. If you work diligently and stay focused you’ll see the results for sure. But do remember, Rome was not built in one day nor will you get your perfect body in a short amount of time.

Do not follow any of the weight loss myths without doing your research on them. Stay patient and consistent and the results will eventually come. As usual stay healthy!!!

 

 

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