Busted: 5 Most Common Myths about Weight Loss

The Internet is packed with countless informative articles, blogs, and videos offering tips and benefits of losing weight. You might also find many eBooks and workout plans that assure you will burn pounds and get in shape by following their recommendations.

There is no denying that, those weight loss diet and exercise plans work for some people. But, the fact is, many individuals wanting to shed off extra fat or build abs face a great deal of disheartenment. Most of the allegedly promised sure-fire weight loss solutions do not actually work.

Seems like, they do not want you to lose weight; because if that happens, they will probably lose one of their customers. Loss of customers means loss of business!

Well, that exactly is not the case.

You do not shed a single layer of fat because you have been heading the wrong way on your weight loss journey. And that’s also because you didn’t check the details – as in the dos and don’ts – of the weight loss plan or solution you chose to go with. This blog underlines 5 myths related to weight loss that many believe are true –

Exercise is the only way to lose weight.

That is an incomplete fact. Exercising alone cannot help you lose weight. If you have made no changes in your eating and lifestyle habits, my friend, you are not going to melt even a single layer of fat around your belly.

Burning calories is the key to weight loss is a long-established belief. However, if you will focus more on exercising, it is become hard for you to resist your appetite.

According to body physics, burning in the gym makes you hungrier which make you eat more. Most people keep running on treadmills for months and end up seeing no result at all. You cannot do it just by exercising on running. You will need to complement your exercise plan with a clean diet and a strict lifestyle while running towards your weight loss goals.

Additionally, some suggest that yoga poses are an effective way of losing weight. Yoga helps in weight loss; there is no question on that. But, these poses should be practiced the way they have been advised.

To lose weight, you will need to burn more than you consume. You will need to burn more through complete body exercises such as planks, sit-ups, push-ups, weight lifting, cycling, and running, among others.

Not eating or reducing portion size helps in weight loss.

Trust me, it doesn’t. Starving does not help in weight loss. While going empty stomach is the most followed practice among wannabe skinny herds, nutritionists importune that this habit actually makes you eat more.

Starving might become an addiction, says the Science Journal. Even a month-long plan of reducing your meal portion can turn into a long-term, difficult-to-overcome habit.

Calories you eat give you energy that supports your body. Cutting down your energy intakes might not be a good idea.  It adversely affects your metabolism and activity level. Brain and immune system are two most important parts of the human body. Starving impacts both your brain as well as your immune system.

Carbohydrate adds more pounds.

Overdoing carbohydrate will surely add to your weight. But that’s not true for carbohydrate alone. You can grow your belly just by eating lots and lots of fruits. Overeating should be avoided at any cost.

Some say: Stop eating carbs – they will make you fat, while others enounce: Carbohydrate does not make you fat.

But, the fact is, carbohydrate is one of the essential nutrients our body needs in order to stay healthy and fit. An excess of it will definitely cause weight gain. However, if you choose to go on a no- or low-carb diet and you might get carbohydrate deficiency, it in reality is a complexity of its kind.

Slimming pills work.

First of all, they are not healthy. Secondly, weight loss pills bring about serious consequences on your body.

Losing weight without a doubt is good idea, but using pills for this very purpose isn’t. According to US Food and Drug Administration, not every weight loss tablet or capsule is safe.

There are many weight loss pills that have been approved by the FDA. However, the list of unapproved and unsafe pills is comparatively longer. Most of these drugs are manufactured without following the regulatory guidelines. Many are not even tested for effectiveness. Some vendors have weight loss pills that come packaged with purchased before/after pictures of sexy models on the label.

Many weight loss tablets have adverse side-effects on your digestive system, heart, and liver. FDA also warns that these pills might have some severe consequences, including heart failure, stroke and depression.

Obesity is in my genes.

That is a common excuse given by those who have lost their battle to conquer obesity. Realizing that their parents too were chubby, most people do not even make an effort to lose weight.

Since it is about genes, nutrigenetics, a branch of genetic science, criticizes this wraithlike belief. You are unique, just like your DNA and genes. So, if you are genetically unique, that means, the pills, nutrients, and treatments that worked for someone else should not work for you the same way. How your body metabolizes the food, prescription drug and supplements you take depends largely on your genetic code. To understand this point, you will need to read more about nutrigenetics.

What you eat – including your weight loss diet or supplements – might not be effective enough for a genetic structure like yours. For better weight loss results, you might consider taking nutritional consultation from a specialist in your area. You will be asked to undergo a number of genetic tests that will show and suggest which foods, fruits and pills will work best for you.

With a weight loss plan that has been prepared to suit your DNA, you can be sure that it will metabolize well with your body system and fruit in some extraordinary results.

So, do you still believe it is your genome code not letting you lose weight?

In an age driven by science and technology, where nuggets of information are available at your finger tips, things like presumptions and assumptions make no sense. If something has been believed for decades and centuries and if it does not work for you, would you still follow it? Well, I wouldn’t. What about you? Leave your say in the comments below!

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Smith Willas is a freelance writer, blogger, and digital media journalist. He hold a bachelor’s degree from Florida University and his areas of interest are health and fitness, marketing, latest technologies, travel ideas, mobile tech, politics, and world news.