5 Weight Loss Myths You Really Need To Stop Believing
The following are five myths about weight loss with no scientific basis supporting them.
Myth #1: It’s possible to lose weight by just drinking more water with no need to give up sugary drinks
Water is definitely essential for life and there are no calories in a glass of water. Most people are almost always dehydrated because they just don’t drink enough of the stuff so everyone can benefit from drinking more water. The fact is that water will only help you lose weight if you set aside the sugary beverages though.
Most good weight loss programs will insist you need to drink at least 64oz of water and that more is always better. There are plenty of health benefits to drinking water. It relieves headaches and lowers the chances of kidney stones. It also improves your skin tone and prevents constipation. The one thing it can’t do though is help you lose weight unless you drink it instead of soda and alcohol.
Myth #2: Eating fruit can undo the damage of an unhealthy diet and cause you to lose weight
This myth is like the myth about just drinking more water to lose weight. If you keep eating an unhealthy diet while just eating a little more fruit then it won’t be enough to help you lose weight. Fruits and vegetables can’t help you if you still eat refined and fast food.
It is still true that fruits and vegetables are packed with fiber though. Fiber helps you feel fuller because they expand as they take in water. If this fullness does stop you from eating foods filled with calories then you could lose some weight. Take out the unhealthy foods and replace them with high fiber low calorie vegetables and the weight will quickly melt away.
Myth #3: You can’t sustain rapid weight loss
Most people believe that slow and steady wins the race in weight loss but it is not so. A few weeks into your diet your body will begin to adjust though. It can reduce your energy expenditure so that you lose less weight. Rapid weight loss can help people skip past this step and lose the weight they need before they hit a plateau.
It’s an entirely different thing to keep the weight off after that and keeping weight off is just as difficult if you lose weight slowly or rapidly. If you’ve always been a bit big and you lose a lot of weight your body may try and cling to what it can as a sort of self-preservation process.
Myth #4: It’s Possible to Be Obese and Healthy
Some people like the idea of being obese and healthy but the fact is that it’s not possible. Being obese, especially if you’ve got a gut, puts your health at risk and increases the chances of developing nasty health conditions like hypertension and type-2 diabetes. Recent studies have shown that being overweight, even if you don’t have metabolic syndrome, can drastically increase your chances of developing heart disease when compared to thin people with the same metabolic rate. Being obese definitely has a negative effect on your health.
Myth #5: You can lose weight by getting rid of fats and carbs
There are tons of low-carbs, low fat-diets out there and none of them have managed to do anything about the obesity problem. It’s been proven that there are dietary fats, such as coconut oil, that do not contribute to the fatty deposits in your body. While it’s true that diabetics and insulin resistant people may benefit from cutting down some carbs a good balance of fats and carbs should be part of any balanced diet. Fat is used by the body for a number of important processes making it a key part of any diet.