Many people are looking for ways to shed weight, and it is not surprising that this need has evolved into an entire industry worth billions of dollars. However, it has also led to the development of scams and myths surrounding weight loss itself, and many people seem to agree with these false perceptions while wondering why their progress is not turning out the way they thought.
Perhaps you might be among them, and it is not your fault. However, knowledge comes from doing your own research about things, and that also includes losing weight and staying in shape. Here are 9 myths you might have been fooled to believing.
All calories are the same
First off, a calorie is an energy measurement, so all calories will have the same content of energy. However, that does not mean you will get the same effect on your weight from all the calorie sources you consume.
The truth is that different foods will go through different metabolic processes in the body, so they will have different effects on hormones, which regulate your weight. For instance, eating calories from carbs will not have the same effect as eating calories from protein-rich food. Those from junk food will not have the same effect as those from whole-meal grains and fruits.
You will be successful if you eat ‘diet’ foods
This is all due to the marketing strategy. The aim of food companies is making money, and they will do that by convincing you their products are the best.
In fact, you need to be very cautious of certain ‘healthy’ labels, including ‘weight-loss friendly’, ‘fat-free’, and so on. Even diet soda is a problem because they tend to contain sugar alcohols and undesirable compounds, so make sure to read labels carefully.
Fat is the reason you are fat
The science of weight management will quickly reveal that burning body fat will lead to weight loss, but it will also show you something else; reducing the fat content will not necessarily result in weight loss. In fact, fat in itself is not a bad or good thing.
The most important thing to note is where you get the fats from. That brings to light the importance of plant fats, such as coconut, olive and avocado, which will give your body healthy fats, and then reduce the unhealthy fats such as vegetable oils and animal fat.
Carbs are the reason you are fat
There are two food groups that many look down on: fats and carbs. Just like the case above, it matters where you get the carbs from, not eliminating the carbs entirely.
Focus on eating a low-carb diet and substitute it with protein and healthy fats. It is even more important to eat the right carbs, not highly-processed ones, so consume whole grain foods such as oats and brown rice.
Eat less and move more
While it is correct that you must burn more calories than you consume to lose stored fat, the truth is not that easy especially when taking into account body types.
It is more important to focus on changing certain aspects in your biological and psychological levels, including your behavior towards food, the foods you consume, and your perspective on healthy living.
Losing weight is a linear process
Contrary to popular opinion, this is not the case. Sometimes, you might lose the weight for a few weeks, and then your body enters a plateau or gains some weight back.
The good news is that this is not a reason for concern, as the factors are likely out of your control especially when you are sticking to a healthy diet. For instance, you might be having water retention issues or carrying more food in the digestive system, and for women, the menstrual cycle plays a major role in gaining weight.
Supplements will help you shed weight
The industry behind this is a huge one, and that brings to light the power of marketing. The truth is that these supplements are rarely effective, and clinical studies have brought this to light.
Very few supplements actually have an effect on weight loss, and they will mainly help you shed small amounts over several months.
Obese people have low willpower
Obesity has very little to do with willpower, and more to do with complex contributing factors. They include genetic reasons, hormonal disorders, mental health issues such as depression, and so on. For obese people, willpower is a very difficult thing, especially when hormones are out of balance, so they need extra help when losing weight.
These myths and many more are prevalent in weight loss circles, but they have done more harm than good. You will need to do plenty of research, as well as knowing the causes behind weight gain, for you to make better and more sustainable lifestyle changes.
Jack Seal is a fanatic reader and ‘experimenter’ of the latest diet fads and tips to see what works and what doesn’t. As someone who had weight issues since young, he has come a long way to get into his current fit form.