You will find a lot of weight loss advice on the internet. And you’ll be considered a fool if believe on the biggest lies, myths, and misconceptions about weight loss.
All calories are equal: A calorie is a measurement of energy and therefore all calories have the same energy content. It is also true that different foods go through different metabolic pathways and can have vastly different effects on hunger and the hormones that regulate your body weight. Calories from whole foods like fruit is much more filling than calories from refined foods.
Losing weight is a linear process: As a lot of people think, losing weight is usually not a linear process. Some days and weeks you may lose weight, while on other days you might gain a little bit. This is not a cause for concern. It’s normal for body weight to fluctuate up and down by a few kgs. You may be carrying more food in your digestive system or holding on to more water than usual. This is even more pronounced in women, as water weight can fluctuate significantly during the menstrual cycle.
Obesity is about willpower, not biology: Obesity is not all about willpower. It is a very complex disorder with dozens of contributing factors. Several genetic variables are associated with obesity. And your body also has numerous hormones and biological pathways that are supposed to regulate body weight. These tend to be dysfunctional in people with obesity, making it much harder to lose weight and keep it off.
Eat less, move more: Body fat is simply stored energy. To lose fat, you need to burn more calories than you take in. For this reason, it seems only logical that eating less and moving more can cause weight loss. While this advice works only in theory. And Especially if you make a permanent lifestyle change, it’s a bad recommendation for those with a serious weight problem.
Carbs make you fat: Low-carb diets can aid weight loss. Yes, as long as you keep carb intake low and protein intake high, you’ll lose weight. Even so, this does not mean that carbs cause weight gain. While whole foods that are high in carbs are very healthy, but on the other hand, refined carbs like refined grains and sugar are definitely linked to weight gain. Low-carb diets are effective for weight loss. And remember that carbs are not what causes obesity in the first place. Whole, single-ingredient carb-based foods are incredibly healthy.
Eating breakfast is necessary to lose weight: Studies have shown that breakfast skippers tend to weigh more than breakfast eaters. However, this is because people who eat breakfast are more likely to develop other healthy lifestyle habits. It’s also a myth that breakfast boosts metabolism and that eating multiple small meals makes you burn more calories throughout the day. The best thing that you can do is to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.
Weight loss diets work: The weight loss industry wants you to believe that diets work. However, it is also believed that if you follow an exercise. However, studies show that dieting rarely works in the long-term. Notably, 85% of dieters end up gaining the weight back within a year. If you manage to increase your activity levels, eat healthier, and sleep better, you should lose weight as a natural side effect. Dieting probably won't work in the long term.
People with obesity are unhealthy and thin people are healthy: It’s true that obesity increases your risk of several chronic illnesses, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers but its also true that plenty of thin people have these same chronic diseases. If you have a lot of fat in your abdominal area, you’re at a greater risk of metabolic disease.