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Think to skip meal flushes toxins out of your body? Think overweight people are unhealthy? Men and women across the globe are trying various weight loss techniques thus giving rise to these popular weight loss myths. Everyone wants to lose weight, stay fit and the question on everyone’s mind is, “what is the best way to do it?” We’ve all heard tips, tricks and ‘quick fixes’ – but do they actually work? Below are eight of the most popular weight loss myths and the real deal on each.
1st Popular Weight Loss Myth – Starving is the best way of losing weight.
Fact: The less food you eat, the more weight you’ll lose, right? Sorry, but it just doesn’t work this way. Starvation slows the fat-burning process. Your body relies on the nutrients in whole, natural foods for fuel. When you starve yourself, it senses the downward shift in your caloric intake and kicks into starvation mode. No doubts, if you starve long enough, you’ll lose weight but the weight lost from starvation diets will come back. As soon as you start eating again, you’ll likely gain all of the weight you lost back, also making you look bigger.
2nd Popular Weight Loss Myth – If you’re overweight, you’re unhealthy.
Fact: “You can be fat and fit and thin and unhealthy”! Yes! It is true! Many people think that obese equals unhealthy, but that is not always the case. Irrespective of weight it doesn’t take that much to be fit to qualify as fit, it takes about 30 minutes of walking, eat healthily and exercise is more important.
3rd Popular Weight Loss Myth – Extreme exercise can only help in weight loss.
Fact: This is so not true. Successful weight loss doesn’t involve extreme exercising; it involves making small changes that you stick to for a long time. That means building regular physical activity and being consistent. Everyone should devote 150 minutes of physical activity – such as fast walking or cycling – every week, and those who are overweight are likely to do little more than this to lose weight.
4th Popular Myths About Weight Loss – Foods labeled low fat are always healthy.
Fact: Foods labeled such as ‘reduced fat’ can be misleading. A reduced-fat snack should contain less fat than the full-fat version, but that doesn’t automatically make it a healthy choice. It could still contain a lot more fat than, say, a portion of fruit. Low-fat foods also sometimes contain high levels of sugar.
5th Popular Weight Loss Myth – Munching is the main reason for weight gain.
Fact: Munching isn’t a problem but it’s the type of snack, the way of chewing and how you eat. First is choosing fruit or vegetables instead of chocolate or saturated fat. Secondly, irrespective of what you eat, make sure that you don’t eat in a hurry. Chew your food really well, so that it breaks down into easily assimilated and digested particles and doesn’t cause any distress to your stomach. Lastly, be fully involved with your meal and don’t eat while watching TV or while working.
6th Popular Weight Loss Myth – Drinking water helps you reduce weight.
Fact: Water is great for shinier hair, younger skin, a healthier body and perfects well-being, but it doesn’t help in reducing weight. It keeps you hydrated and might help you snack less, it can be mistaken for hunger – if you’re thirsty you may snack more. We should drink at least 8 -10 glasses every day.
7th Popular Weight Loss Myth – Skipping Meals Speeds Up Weight Loss.
Fact: We’ve all been there. In an effort to drop a few pounds fast, you skip lunch, dinner. But this doesn’t do any good. Skipping meals make you irritable, tired, gives you crazy hunger pangs. So, what’s the smart strategy? Lose weight by eating healthier, high-quality, nutrient-rich food throughout the day. Remember for weight loss you have to reduce a number of calories you consume nothing else.
8th Popular Weight Loss Myth – You have to give Up the Foods you crave.
Fact: Some studies suggest that depriving yourself of the foods you desire will only make you want them more. The deal here is a small indulgence of your favorite food once a week (yes the bulk day) will prevent binge eating and help in weight loss. Pastries, chocolate, cookies, french fries, pizza — these aren’t ideally healthy for you, but a little taste won’t hurt you.
So, ramp up your workouts, eat clean, eat healthily, sleep, sweet and spread love wherever you go. Always remember “If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better and that will make you happy.”