Top 10 Weight Loss Myths

According to the Center for Disease control, over 50% of Americans are overweight. With these staggering numbers growing, many people try various ways to lose weight, from fad diets to even weight loss surgery. Sifting through false information regarding weight loss can be difficult and at times overwhelming. Here is a list of the Top 10 myths on losing weight.

Myth 1 – Starving Makes You Lose Weight Fast

Starvation is the worst thing you can do to your body as this weight loss method shocks your body and puts it into a catabolic state. When the body realizes there is no food energy, it slows down your metabolism in order to conserve whatever energy is left. This slow down in metabolism is a huge cause of weight gain. Starving may let you lose weight temporarily, but will not allow you to keep it off long term.

Myth 2 – Low carbohydrate diets make you lose weight quickly.

Although some people experience some weight loss on low carb diets, much of this can be attributed to water retention. Carbohydrates hold up to 4 times more water than protein. It is also unrealistic to think that you can go on forever without eating carbs. Once you gradually start to add carbs to your diet, you will quickly add any of the weight that was lost.

Myth 3 – Eating sugar free or fat free foods will promote weight loss.

Isn’t it a coincidence that as fat free foods have increased, so has that weight that most people worldwide are stacking on? The challenge with fat free and sugar free food diets is that these foods are loaded in calories. Most people over eat these fat free foods as they think that they are better for you since they are low in fat or sugar. Eating more calories than you burn is what causes weight gain.

Myth 4 – Wearing rubber or plastic based belly wraps will help burn fat.

This is one of my personal favorites. If these wraps actually worked, there would be zero obesity in the world. Enough said! These wraps will cause you to lose more water but do nothing in terms of fat loss. More calories burned and less calories consumed has no correlation with belly bands.

Myth 5- Salads are healthy so I can eat all the salad I want.

This is one of the biggest reasons most people trying to lose weight fail. Most salads that you eat out at restaurants are loaded with calories and fat. It is not uncommon for some salads to have over 1000  calories and 50 grams of fat. This fat can be attributed to high fat dressings, cheese and bacon. The best ways to keep salads healthy are to make them at home using spinach and low fat, healthy, organic ingredients.

Myth 6 – Working out allows you to eat whatever you want.

Many people still believe that if you work out it allows you to eat all sorts of unhealthy foods. This myth is also the common cause of people who claim they work out but still gain weight. If you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. Simple! Try not to think of food as a reward for working out. The reward should be increased energy and feeling good about yourself. Eating bad food as a reward system is a thought process that you have to undo. Fast foods, frozen foods and junk foods make you feel bad with all of the unnatural ingredients and preservatives. Treat your body right and feed it the wholesome foods it deserves.

Myth 7 – The Lemon Juice Diet and Pineapple Diet Burns Fat.

The only thing that burns fat is exercising. Contrary to what you may read or hear, none of these exotic or magical diets, such as the lemonade diet, promote any fat loss. Any weight that is lost is attributed to the starvation associated with such extreme weight loss tactics. These are unhealthy and should be avoided at all costs.

Myth 8 – Magic weight loss pills allow you to lose weight while not dieting or exercising.

There is absolutely no weight loss pill that can accomplish losing weight without exercising. Many weight loss pill manufacturers were sued and forced to take their products off the market for outlandish claims of extreme weight loss with minimal physical activity. The only weight loss pills that show any reduction in fat are ones with DHEA or Green Tea as their key ingredients.

Myth 9 – Exercising for hours a day is good for losing weight.

Although exercise is beneficial for weight loss, exercising too much can be bad for overall health. One hour a day 5 days a week is optimal for long term weight loss. If you push your body without rest, your muscles begin to use themselves as fuel. Reduction in muscle will slow down your metabolic rate thus reducing the amount of fat you burn. Adequate rest is as important as exercise.

Myth 10 – Sit ups are the best way to lose belly fat.

Although sit ups are great for strengthening the core muscles, they do absolutely nothing to eliminate belly fat. Belly fat can only be reduced by a proper diet and cardiovascular exercise. This process is tedious and can take a long time. The human body loves to store fat in the abdominal areas first while making in the last place on the body it burns. In some cases, genetics make it next to impossible to eliminate those last few pounds of fat around the belly.

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