The 6 biggest myths about weight loss you need to stop believing

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There is a lot of bad weight loss advice on the internet. These faulty assumptions might be getting in the way of your weight loss goals.
 

Here are the 6 biggest myths about weight loss you need to stop believing right now

 

#1. Obesity is about willpower and not biology

Obesity is about willpower and not biology

Obesity is about willpower and not biology- False. Just like sexual behavior and Sleeping behavior, eating is also a biological process. Saying obesity is about willpower is way too simplistic. Because human behavior is complex.There are various leading causes of weight gain that has nothing to do with willpower.

There are various genetics variables responsible for obesity. For most of the cases, offsprings of obese parents are also obese than those of lean parents.

Leptin is a hormone which is supposed to tell your brain that it has enough fat stored. When the leptin isn’t managing to deliver its signal, the brain thinks that you are starving.

Genetics, insulin, fast food (not all), certain medications, leptin (Hormone), sugar etc. Are some of the causes of obesity, which has no connection with the willpower. Obesity is dependent on various biological and environmental factors and not just willpower

 

#2. Drinking more water will lead to weight loss

Drinking more water will lead to weight loss

Many people believe that drinking more water will lead to weight loss. Do you think this could be so easy? Yes, drinking water increases metabolic rate and also affects weight loss (no significant impact).This can increase the number of calories burned, but that it does not have sufficient impact to aid weight loss.

Many people believe that drinking more water will lead to weight loss. Do you think this could be so easy? Yes, drinking water increases metabolic rate and also affects weight loss (no significant impact).This can increase the number of calories burned, but that it does not have sufficient impact to aid weight loss.

People think when they are hungry they should drink more water so that they eat less.
You should drink water after 30 minutes of having a meal. You can drink some sip or any other fluid to quench your thirst.

One possible way drinking water could help with weight loss is if you make a point of having a couple of sips at the start of the meal to help you to focus on the act of eating.

Bottom line – The idea of mindfulness of actually being conscious of what you are eating and drinking is a good thing. You can also read What happens when you drink water on an empty stomach

 

#3. Only, exercise can help you to lose weight

Only, exercise can help you to lose weight

Yes, exercise is good for you. It will help you to be in shape. But, if you think you should only work out to lose weight is totally false. Being dangerously overweight is all down to bad diet rather than a lack of exercise.

This doesn’t mean you should not exercise. It just means that only exercise will not help you to lose weight.

Adults should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity such as fast walking or cycling – every week, and those who are overweight are likely to need more than this to lose weight. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. This can be achieved by eating less, moving more or, best of all, a combination of both.

Exercise is a good way to keep weight off – but it’s not a good way to lose it.
Going to the gym will burn calories – but way less than we think.

 

#4. Starving or skipping meals is the best way to lose weight

Starving or skipping meals is the best way to lose weight

Are you also the one who starves all day or skip meals just to stay thin? The effects of skipping a meal are weight gain.
Skipping meals can result in tiredness and you may even miss on vital nutrients. It may also cause you to crave high fat and high sugar foods.

When you skip the meal altogether you will end up eating even more at later meals. It even lowers the metabolic rate. So, if you think you can lose weight by staying hungry then you are doing it the wrong way. Skipping meals lead to weight gain, elevated fasting glucose, and a delayed insulin response – all three dangerous precursors to diabetes.

To lose weight and keep it off, you have to reduce the number of calories you consume and increase the calories you burn.

Read here: Reasons why you should not skip your breakfast

 

#5. Potatoes make you fat

Potatoes make you fat

I should not eat potatoes, it will make me fat- False

Potatoes, pasta,rice etc have a bad reputation because they contain high carbohydrate.

But, should you completely eliminate carbohydrates? No. It is the preferred energy source. It will not automatically make you fat. But you should have it in moderate quantities. Also, be careful on how you consume it i.e not adding more of fat ingredients to the recipe.

There is no evidence that potatoes lead to weight gain if they are prepared in a healthy manner.

 

#6. Eating snacks is fattening

 Eating snacks is fattening

Snacks higher in sugar, salt, and fat are fattening. Snacking isn’t the problem, it is the type of the snack. Many people need a snack in between their routine. Such people should choose fruit or vegetables to maintain their energy level.

Not all obese people eat snacks as part of their daily grind. So, still, a lot of research has to be done. You need to understand your eating behavior. As to what your body needs.

In fact eating the snack( the right one) in between will not only help you to boost energy but will also maintain your appetite. This means you will not starve and consequently, will not end up eating more.

In fact, dietitians often recommend that you have five smaller meals a day, instead of eating all your calories in one sitting.
The main reason for the myth is the choice of snacks we make.So, when you are hungry try having nutritious food.

 

No single factor is responsible for weight loss or weight gain. You should eat healthily and maintain your weight. Eating less or more have dangerous effects on the body. So, eat the healthiest you can.

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