September 17, 2021
4 Biggest Myths About Weight Loss
If you’re preparing to embark on a weight loss journey, or you’ve been struggling to reach your goal weight, you’re not alone. Around 45 million Americans start a new diet every year – yet nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. The entire process of losing weight isn’t simple, and with so much information out there on the internet, it’s important to make sure you’re following a process that comes from a reputable source. In fact, there are many myths about weight loss that we tend to believe because we’ve heard them over and over again. Here are the four biggest myths about weight loss.
1. An Extreme Exercise Routine Is The Only Option For Losing Weight
Fortunately, this isn’t true. However, many people tend to believe and usually fail on their weight loss journey because of this myth. The key to a successful weight loss is making small to medium size changes and sticking to them over time — not trying to work out seven days a week for two hours a day. Yes, exercise and physical activity are important but you must mix that with a well-rounded, healthy diet. It’s simple: You need to burn more calories than you consume.
2. You Must Avoid Carbs At All Costs
Staying away from carbs is another weight loss myth. Like having a balance between working out and eating healthy, your daily intake should be a balance too. This means a balanced amount of carbs, vegetables, proteins, fruits, fiber etc. While carbs are usually found in more fatty founds, they’re important for your body to build and exert energy. Consider eating whole-grain foods with carbs instead.
3. Cut All Snacks Out Of Your Diet
When it comes to a healthy diet, cutting out snacks isn’t a good idea. Why? Because snacking isn’t what is causing you to gain weight. It’s the type of snacks you’re eating. Everyone gets hungry throughout the day, and it’s often hard to make it to your next meal without a snack. That’s why, when you’re considering a snack, opt for a healthier option like fruits and vegetables instead of chips and pretzels. Snacks that are high in sugar, salt, and fat should be avoided at all costs when you’re dieting. Fruits and vegetables might not be as tasty as chocolate but they will fill you up and keep the pounds off.
4. Supplements Can Help You Lose Weight — And Lose It Fast
In the United States, the weight loss supplement industry is a $6.5 billion dollar industry. You see these supplements advertised everywhere from newspapers and magazines to online and on television. However, despite supplement companies advertising their products as having drastic body changing effects, studies show they rarely help any diet. Studies claim most results come from the placebo effect because people become more conscious of what they are eating. Avoid supplements that promote outrageous, too-good-to-be-true claims. And if you do opt for a supplement, research ones that advertise losing a small amount of weight over a longer period of time.