Weight Loss Myths
Weight Loss Myths
With all the thousands of websites and information on weight loss, it's hard to
determine fact from fiction.
Due to the information overload on
weight loss it can get very confusing.
You are not alone with
So, here are 10 myths about weight
loss to help you
sift through the facts and fiction.
#1 You Dont Have to Count Calories
weight loss myth does have some truth to it, the fact is that losing
weight is all about calorie consumption and calorie expenditure.If you
take in more
calories than you expend, you will gain.
But if you expend
calories than you take in, you will lose weight.
(BMR) is working even when you’re not active.
So it doesn’t mean that
if you eat 1,000 calories you must run, jog or walk to burn the full
Just make sure you’re burning more calories in
day than you take in. Here's an article to help you cut calories
and lose weight.
Many weight loss programs will tell you
don’t have to count calories and the reason for this is that their
program is doing it for you.
For instance, Weight Watchers
this through their points systems, and programs like Medifast have
pre-packaged foods that provide you with the right amount of calories
for your weight loss goals.
#2 Avoid Carbrohydrates
weight loss myth has many people skipping their daily required
carbohydrates. According to the USDA "MyPlate" your portion of carbs
should be about 1/4 of your plate.
in the first myth about weight loss, it’s not the carbs that will make
you fat, it’s all
about calorie intake and expenditure. Remember a calorie is a
calorie, whether it’s an ounce of protein or carbs.
more dense in calories (like fatty foods) so will have more calories
per ounce – so use in moderation (but remember, don’t eliminate all fat
– you need some (see myth #3)
In fact, starchy foods such as
potatoes, breads and pasta are some of the fastest burning foods and
provide the body with ready to use fuel.
your diet includes these types of foods for fuel and should make up
approximately 60% of your calorie intake.
Be sure to make
bread and pasta’s whole wheat as this will provide a higher nutrient
intake than white or processed flour foods.
an article on carbs that explains the difference between simple carbs
This carb lingo
glossary has many other
terms defined as well.
#3 Avoid all Fats
There are confusing weight loss myths and this is one of them. With all
the confusing ds
about low fat and non-fat foods you would assume you have to avoid all
fats. However, some
fat is needed for normal body function.
Sinces your body cannot produce some
essential fatty acids on it’s own, it needs some help from your food
intake. Also, fat helps give you that feeling of being full
So what fats are the right fats?
fat sources will come from natural plant, fish or animal sources,
preferably with little or no processing.
Fats come in three
families; Monounsaturated, Polyunsaturated (Omega 3 and Omega 6) and
Each type of these fats in their natural
are the good fats and provide the body with some essential nutrients.
containing Omega 3 can help speed up your metabolism but
Omega 3 has many other health benefits.
fats become bad for you are when they are processed and no longer in
their natural state.
These Trans fats, or the “bad fats” are
what you want to eliminate or reduce in your diet plan.
#4 Cut out All Sweets
This is good advice when trying
to lose weight since these tasty treats are usually higher in calories.
However, you can have your cake and eat it to....so to speak.
reason most people fail at a strict diet or fall off the wagon is due
to giving into their
If you deny yourself too long and don't satisfy the craving, you are
setting yourself up for failure.
So don’t eliminate the treats totally, but rather eat them in
If you deprive yourself of certain foods that
crave, chances are you will fall into the “binge eating”
pitfall. Check out this article on chocoholics
if this is what you crave.
Remember the first weight loss myths, a calorie is a
calorie. So just make sure
you do have that occasional snack, do it in moderation.
Find out what your snacks say about your personality
#5 Don't Diet.... Just Exercise
if you’ve already read my exercise myths
, then this will feel like
dejavu. The fact of the matter is, you cannot just exercise
achieve the results you’re looking for.
must monitor both
food intake and your activity level to be successful.
Remember, you want to consume fewer calories than you burn, so you have
to know what the consumption is versus the exenditures.
just focusing on exercise may get you this calorie deficit, you have to
track both food and exercise calories to ensure you are going to lose
In addition to these weight
loss myths, read these exercise myths
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Reduce the fats in your foods with various cooking methods. Try these
methods out for your next meal.
Be sure to understand the myths about exercise as well to make the most
from your exercise routines.
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