Weight Loss Myths
There are many age-old notions related to weight loss. But these may not be entirely true. A few myths related to weight loss have been listed below:
Myth: Weight loss can be achieved by skipping meals.
Fact: Studies have shown that skipping meals results in consuming more calories, as one tends to eat more at the next meal. You should rather focus on eating less and also having a balanced diet.
Myth: Eating after 8 pm causes Weight gain.
Fact: It does not make a difference when you eat, what matters is how much and what you eat. You need to focus on reducing your food intake and not the time at which you eat.
Myth: "I can eat whatever I want but still loose weight”.
Fact: This statement might as well be true, but not always. One can eat whatever he or she wants to and still loose weight but there needs to be reduction in the quantity consumed.
Myth: Fad diets help in permanent weight loss.
Fact: Fad diets are those that come and go on the health scene. Although you may lose weight at first while on these diets, they can be unhealthy because they often keep you from getting all the nutrients that your body needs. Fad diets may seriously limit or forbid certain types of nutritious supplement, so most people quickly get tired of them and regain the lost weight.
Myth: Natural or herbal weight-loss products are safe and effective.
Fact: I am sure you have heard of poisonous plants. Aren’t they natural? In the same way it is not necessary that all natural and herbal medicines are safe. Consult your doctor before consuming these drugs.
Myth: Nuts should be avoided as they are fattening.
Fact: Yes nuts have high calorie and fat levels, but most types of nuts have low amounts of saturated fat Nuts on the other hand are a good source of protein and fiber, and they do not have any cholesterol. Therefore you should rather focus on keeping off junk food.
Myth: Certain foods, like grapefruit, celery, or cabbage soup, help in loosing weight by burning fat.
Fact: Food cannot burn your fat. Yes some foods containing caffeine help in speeding up your metabolism for a shot time, but this does not result in weight loss.
Myth: Red meat is bad for your health and will make it harder to lose weight.
Fact: It is true that red meat like pork, and beef contain some saturated fat and cholesterol, but they also have important nutrients like protein, iron, and zinc. Eating meat (without a lot of visible fat) in small amounts can be part of a healthy weight-loss plan.
Myth: Starch is fattening and should be limited when trying to lose weight.
Fact: Starch is an important source of energy as they are rich in complex carbohydrates. It is when they are consumed in large amounts that they become high in fat and calories. Therefore there should be a limit to the amount consumed, but they should not be ignored.
Myth: Fast foods are always an unhealthy choice and you should not eat them when dieting.
Fact: If you are sensible enough you can make fast foods part of a healthy weight loss program. For example choose salads and grilled foods over fried foods and use high fat, high calorie toppings only in small amounts.
Myth: Low-fat or no fat means no calories.
Fact: Most fruits and vegetables and are naturally low in fat and calories. Other low-fat and no-fat foods may not necessarily be low on calories as they might have extra sugar, flour or starch thickeners to make them taste better, but it also mean more calories.
Myth: "Going vegetarian" results in losing weight and becoming healthier.
Fact: Vegetarian diets are considered to be healthy because they are lower in saturated fat and cholesterol and high levels of fiber. But vegetarians can also consume high amounts of fat and cholesterol if they end up making poor food choices. They should try to reduce the amount of nutritionally empty foods like candy, chips and other high fat vegetarian food.
It’s no secret - the best way to loose weight is by working out. But many a times people are not able to control their hunger after they exercise. In fact people tend to eat more when they workout and as a result it doesn’t result in weight loss as people only burn the excess food they intake and not the existing fat. To make exercising more fruitful you need to control your diet and this can be done with the help of diet pills like Phentermine and Adipex. These appetite suppressants help you control your urge to eat and helps in make exercising more effective.