Top 15 Weight Loss Myths
Weight loss myths are just the worst. It’s so hard to lose weight and now you don’t even know what’s true and what isn’t? That is just not fair. But you would be surprised to learn how many weight loss myths exist and how many of them are presented as “scientifically proved”. The thing is, advertising uses all kinds of tricks to make us buy or do something. As different products and methods appeared on the market, they used various claims to convince us to doing something that actually isn’t true. In other cases, people just believed in things they thought were logical, but that didn’t make them true-they remained weight loss myths. That’s why you need to take a look at this eye-opening list!
1. One of the most common weight loss myths is not to lose weight quickly. You’ve surely heard it many times: you should never lose weight too quickly because it will most definitely come back if you do. However, it turns out that there is no research that actually supports this claim. Also, retaining weight loss is much more complicated than this! Your metabolism and your body have a unique way of dealing with things and losing weight slowly or quickly has nothing to do with its potential coming back.
2. We’ve all grown up thinking that eating breakfast is crucial for being in shape. However there is mixed evidence about this claim- on the one hand, it is true that by keeping your energy levels at constant level you are preventing bing eating later. On the other hand, if you are not hungry in the morning, you shouldn’t stuff yourself with pancakes or bacon. Our bodies are always sending us signals that are telling us what to do.
3. Everyone says that setting realistic weight loss goals is very important, because if you aim too high- you’ll end up feeling frustrated. The truth is, there is no scientific evidence that backs this myth up. Yes, feeling frustrated and discouraged may make us feel like we are miles away from our goals, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible to reach them! Also, this feeling doesn’t necessarily have to be an obstacle between you and your goals.
4. Snacking has been described as the worse thing you can to to your body for years. But we have good news for all you snack lovers- snacking doesn’t necessarily mean that you will gain weight or become obese. We already mentioned that you should listen to the signals your body is sending you. So if you are feeling hungry, or you feel need for protein or fiber, go for that snack. Keep in mind that you should not exaggerate, chose healthy option and you will be fine.
5. People who try to lose weight are forbidden to eat in the evening. According to this belief, you should lock up or burn your fridge after 9 pm, because eating close to bedtime allegedly makes your digestion slower. However, have in mind that eating a regular meal in the evening doesn’t necessarily have to contribute to weight gain. It might if you eat more calories in the evening than you did during the whole day! But if you eat a well balanced meal, you don’t have to give up on dinners.
6. Another big weight loss myth is that weighing yourself daily can interfere with weight loss. We have to say that this kind of generalization is not good because some people might become obsessed or even depressed because the everyday weighing doesn’t show them wanted results. However, there are people who find weighing quite helpful- weighing themselves daily actually keeps them motivated! So just do what makes you feel good and don’t believe this myth.
7. So everyone keeps telling you that eating more fruits and vegetables will help you lose weight easily, no matter what else you do, or don’t do. This claim kind of doesn’t make sense. You should definitely eat fresh fruits and veggies but not primarily because of weight loss, but because of your general health. And secondly, fruits and vegetables don’t have some magic power that undoes everything you ate before. Well balanced nutrition is very important for weight loss and being healthy.
8. Many people think that genes have nothing to do with obesity. The truth is- they kind of do. You see, even though you always wanted to have your mom’s smile and dad’s hair, you also inherit slower or faster metabolism from your parents. If your parents are lucky to have faster metabolism, chances are you will be so lucky as well. But this doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do about that. No matter what your genes say, you can always do your best to look just like you want.
9. Yo Yo diets are bad, and that is not a myth. Many people have tried to permanently lose weight by using some of these diets and they just ended up being unhappy about themselves again. However, presumption that Yo Yo dieting increases mortality rate is just not true. To be more precise, there is not enough research that backs this claim up, so we don’t actually know if this kind of dieting will kill us faster. One thing is for sure though- it is not healthy.
10. Drinking water is essential for our health. However, drinking more water in order to lose weight and eating caloric food all day long won’t lead you to your weight loss goals. It is good to drink a glass of water instead of eating a donut out of boredom. Also, your body is extremely grateful for each glass of water you drink, but it doesn’t mean that water flushes all those extra pounds just like that! Drink more water but also, cut back on calories!
11. We are sure you heard this one many times before: in order to lose weight, you have to cut calories drastically. Well, this is not true because if you cut back too hard on calories, your body will go into, so called, conservation mode. This is the mode in which your metabolism becomes slower and it decreases your changes to lose weight. It’s better to lower total caloric intake and eat smaller portions of food you need in order to function normally.
12. You might have been told that only drastic diets work. Let’s say this is true- so you start eating only bananas. Sure, after a week on bananas only, you will lose weight (and probably become insane), but are you really going to eat only bananas for the rest of your life? We don’t think so! The main problem with drastic diets is that they are not realistic and you will probably end up with Yo Yo diet results if you continue to believe in them.
13. Good news folks: giving up on your favorite foods in order to lose weight is just a myth. There is something called abstinence violation effect, which means that when we decide to completely avoid something, our nature will make it likely that we will break that resolution. That’s why you should allow yourself to enjoy in yummy foods from time to time. Remember that your goal is to lose weight and not to feel depressed.
14. Another big myth about losing weight is that only exercise burns fat. This is luckily not true. Many physiologists suggest that by increasing your activity level can make you lose a pound per week. This means: walking, mowing the lawn, cleaning the basement, chopping wood, basically any kind of physical activity can help you melt away the pounds. So don’t worry if you’re not a big fan of gym, just walk more and you’ll get where you want to be.
15. If you though that aerobics is much better than weightlifting, we are sorry, but that is just not true. It might be true that you will burn more fat during an aerobic exercise, but its benefits end shortly after the workout is done. The truth is that weightlifting and other types of strength training keep your metabolism active long after you finished your exercise. And if you really love aerobics, maybe it’s best to combine it with weightlifting for the best results.