There are many common weight loss myths that people follow when it comes to their health. Sometimes it’s hard to separate the myths and facts of weight loss from what is true. Many ring true, while others are just plain ridiculous. I once read somewhere that if you drink water at night you will get fat or if you scratch your head too often you will lose your hair…
Weight Loss Myth #1
The more weight I have to lose, the more intense my exercise routine should be
Weight Loss Truth: While having an intense workout routine is great, there are a few things to consider: The first is that everyone is on a different level when it comes to their fitness level and how intense they can actually handle it. If you’ve been physically inactive for a number of years, walking a half-mile a day might be strenuous exercise for you. After walking that half mile you realize that you are sweating profusely and that you are tired. However, for someone who has been physically active for many years, walking half a mile can be done without breaking a sweat. Everyone has a different definition of what “intense” is.
If exercising for an hour a day is intense for you, but due to life’s hectic schedule, you only have time for 20 minutes a day, then those 20 minutes will come in handy. It may not necessarily classify as “intense,” by your definition, but those little moments of cardio will have positive, health-altering effects.
Fat Loss Myth #2
Stress and weight gain don’t go hand in hand
Weight Loss Fact: This is one of those “laughable” myths. For more information on how stress adds to the pounds. into your life, download my free ebook, “The Psychology of Weight Loss”
Weight loss myth #3
can i lose weight eating what i want
The truth about weight loss: Sir Isaac Newton once said, “What goes up must come down.” There are natural principles that govern our lives. If you throw a ball in the air, it will come back down. You can sit on your couch and imagine and visualize that the ball will stay in the air, but natural principles teach us that it will come down. The same is true when it comes to our weight.
This is one of the most common myths about weight loss. It’s illogical to think that your health and weight are going to be in balance if your nutrition consists mostly of twinkies, fries, and doughnuts. Sure you can burn it off by exercising, but most people whose diet consists mostly of junk food probably aren’t disciplined enough to stick to an exercise routine. I know some people who, on the outside, appear to be in good shape, because they’re not “fat, they have high cholesterol.”
Just because I’m sorry I’ve crushed the hearts of so many twinkie lovers, I’d say this. You can eat junk food, cookies, chips, ice cream, pizza, hamburgers… All those “soul-satisfying foods”, but it should be in moderation. Anything in excess is never good.
Fat Loss Myth #4
Skipping meals is a good way to lose weight
Weight Loss Fact: There are numerous studies showing that people who skip breakfast and eat fewer times throughout the day tend to outnumber those who have a healthy nutritious breakfast and then eat 4-6 small meals throughout the day. day. The reason for this could be the fact that they are hungrier later in the day and may have a tendency to overeat during other meals of the day.
Weight Loss Myth #5
I’m not going to lose weight eating at night.
Truth about weight loss: You can enjoy food too much during the day and not eat at all at night and you will gain weight. As is the fact that you can starve during the day and eat all night and still gain weight. The key here is balance. If your body tells you that it is hungry, maybe you should listen to it. The truth is that eating in excess, without exercising, will make you gain weight; It doesn’t matter what time of day you eat. Whenever I feel hungry at night, as is my custom with other meals during the day, I try to select something that is natural in nature. Something like fruit, vegetables, or I could even make myself a fruit smoothie. During those times when I have a craving for ice cream or something sweet, I allow myself to have some and I do NOT feel guilty about it. Many overweight people live their lives with guilt and shame. I allow myself to get some, however, IN MODERATION.
Fat Loss Myth #6
I am not acceptable until I lose weight.
Weight loss fact: The person who feels unacceptable because they are fat is because they are unacceptable to themselves in the first place. The way you think others see you is based on your view of yourself. I honestly believe that one must be emotionally fit before being physically fit. I’ve been through these self-limiting emotions before. Once I realized that I was ALREADY ENOUGH in God’s eyes and that I had no need to prove myself to anyone or receive external validation for my self worth, that made all the difference for me. Once you accept yourself for who you are RIGHT NOW and realize that you are already enough in God’s eyes, you will not feel unacceptable because of your weight.
Weight loss myth #7
I need to cut calories to lose weight faster.
Weight loss truth: Cutting calories can be a great thing, if you’re overeating and drastically gorging yourself. However, if you’re eating proportionately, cutting calories could have an aversive effect. If you’re cutting calories and starving your body, that will lower your metabolism, or in other words slow it down, which can result in you not actually losing any weight, even if you’re “cutting calories.”
Fat Loss Myth #8
Skipping meals will help me lose weight.
Weight Loss Fact: Skipping meals can cause you to gain weight! You will be too hungry and will eventually have to eat. This will throw off your metabolism and eventually slow it down. Think of a car that is running out of gas (food), if you don’t fill it up it will eventually stop working. The same goes for our body, we need to keep it constantly fed.
Weight loss myth #9
I think I have a genetic weight gain, it runs in the family!
Weight Loss Truth: Can Anyone Say EXCUSES? I won’t deny that there may be tendencies in heavy parents to raise heavy children who will remain heavy all their lives, but I don’t think there really is a “fat” gene or DNA. What we do inherit from our family, mainly from those who directly raised us, are our opinions and beliefs. Your views on food, money, religion, politics, education, etc. they are based on how you were raised. If you were raised in a home where main meals were cooked with fried foods, then you might have a tendency to continue cooking and eating fried foods throughout your life. If that’s the case, you may have a little weight around your waist. The easy thing is to blame those who were in charge of your education, however, you ALWAYS have the option to change.
Fat Loss Myth #10
Eating healthy is very difficult
Weight loss fact: Eating healthy is the easiest thing in the world…once you’ve trained yourself to do so. How many times have you set yourself the goal of losing weight or “eating better”? The first few days he is doing very well, eating all kinds of foods that he normally would not eat. Then a funny thing started to happen, you went back to your old habits and behaviors. This has happened to you in other areas outside of your health. It could be making money, looking for a new job, or in your relationships. Creating a new habit takes time because our brains don’t like change. Changing the brain is dangerous. Anyway, if you’d like to learn more about how our brains try to sabotage us so we don’t form new habits, download my free eBook, “The Psychology of Shedding Weight.”
Weight loss myth #11
You have to give up your favorite foods to lose weight
Weight Loss Truth: What would a world be like without chocolate and pepperoni pizza? I think it would be a tortuous world to live in! lol, now on a real note, i completely disagree with this myth. You can definitely eat your favorite foods. Depriving yourself of this kind of pleasure is no fun, and frankly, you’ll probably eat it anyway. As mentioned before, the real key is moderation. If you’re a meat lover, then maybe it’s not best to eat it every day, but maybe once or twice a week. Those who know me personally know that I LOVE pizza chicken wings. In a perfect world where I wouldn’t gain any weight and my arteries wouldn’t clog, I’d love to eat it several times a week, well more like every day. However, I know that those are not the healthiest food options, so I eat them 2-3 times a month. I’m not giving up my favorite foods, I’m just eating them in moderation so they don’t overtake me as excess weight.
Fat Loss Myth #12
Overeating is caused by hunger.
Weight loss fact: Nice try. I wish we could blame “hunger” for it. In fact, this person we call hunger has nothing to do with you OVEREATING. It may have something to do with your body telling you it’s time to “fuel up” and you need food, but that’s not an indication that you should overeat. What causes many people to overeat are different reasons. One of the main ones is the feeling of stress, depression, loneliness, anxiety, fear and other degrading emotions of that nature. Many times food can be a means to satisfy your needs. You may actually be getting your needs met through your food. For example, if you live a lonely life and are not very happy, then food could be a way for you to feel happy and comfortable. There are other articles I’ve written on this topic, but suffice it to say that overeating is NOT caused by being hungry.
Weight loss myth #13
Only crash diets work
Weight Loss Truth: There goes that word again… DIET… those “crash diets” are only good for rapid weight loss and rapid weight gain once you achieve it. These crash diets range from the “cookie diet” hehehe… All that way to the “water only diet”… I’m sure you can lose weight while following these DIEs, however the weight does will win correctly. backwards and usually with some extra weight as a bonus
Fat Loss Myth #14
I’m too fat and too advanced to start
Weight loss fact: A long journey begins one step at a time. It’s natural to expect instant results and even fear the road ahead; especially if you are very overweight. The secret here is to make SMALL incremental changes. Don’t expect perfection because that will lead to disappointment. You’re never too far down the road to where you can’t see the sunlight…
Weight loss myth #15
I can’t do it, I have tried many times and failed.
The truth about weight loss: The great Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”… It’s 90% mindset and 10% losing weight . your butt and do something about it. You fall, you get up again… you fall down, you get up again. If you’ve tried to lose weight in the past, it’s time to keep trying. Discouragement is losing weight like a piece of fried chicken is to a vegetarian… They DO NOT go hand in hand.