Common Misconceptions About Losing Weight
So, you’ve decided to workout and lose some of the pounds, the sooner the better.
Oh, maybe because you have an event coming up, or you want to get a head start for your out of town summer vacation, or you want to get into those jeans you bought 2 years ago.
Whatever it is, you’d want to lose a lot in a short period of time, who doesn’t?
But hey, weight loss isn’t an overnight thing. We know, it’s a bummer.
Some people may lose faster than others, sure but this is because every BODY is different. There’s a lot of factors that go into quick weight loss but for the most part, a successful weight loss journey requires commitment, hard work and a lot of patience.
Don’t be prevent yourself from actually losing weight because of these common misconceptions about weight loss.
We’ve busted the most common weight loss myths so you can stop believing them and start losing!
Top 6 Weight Loss Myths Debunked
#1 Calories, they’re all the same
Calories are a unit of energy. All calories have the same energy content but different calorie sources work differently in our body.
The different types of food go through different metabolic pathways and affect our hunger and our hormones in different ways.
The proteins, carbohydrates and fats perform different tasks in our body.
Even if the calorie content of a fruit and a chocolate bar is the same, the respective food and its nutrient profile have different effects.
So, a fruit is rich in nutrients and is more satisfying.
#2 Carbohydrates are fattening
Cutting back carbs CAN help you lose weight. However, this does not mean that they’re the reason for being overweight.
Refined grains, sugars and processed products are the cause of the bad reputation of carbohydrates and affect the body differently than whole grains and natural, unprocessed foods.
#3 Fat makes you fat
Body fat is stored in the form of fat. The fat we eat is not necessarily the fat we find on our hips.
The reason fat has a bad rep because it is artificially added as a flavor carrier in unhealthy, high-calorie convenience foods.
As long as the total energy is not exceeded and natural fats are taken from natural foods, the fat does not make us fat.
#4 You don’t lose weight right away
While we lose weight on some days, we easily gain on other days.
This is a normal process because our body weight is not just determined by fat content. Body fluids, hormonal changes, and many other factors make weight fluctuate.
That is why it is helpful to determine your success not only by weight.
Tape measurements and what you see in the mirror are helpful factors.
#5 Breakfast is necessary to lose weight
Whether we have breakfast at 8 am or not has no effect on weight loss. Having breakfast at a certain time has no effect on your metabolism, and having several smaller meals will not cause us to burn more calories.
What matters is what we eat in a day. Eat small portions each time. Depriving yourself from eating will result to unhealthy eating.
A helpful rule is, “Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.”
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#6 “-lite” or “-free” products will help you lose weight
There are many food products advertised as healthy because they are fat free, gluten free or rich in vitamins.
In fact, these are rich in sugar and are heavily processed.
Instead, go for more natural and unprocessed products because they are better for the body.