Weight Loss Myths

5 Weight Loss Myths That Keep You From Losing Weight

Weight loss myths keep people unhealthy, overweight, and living with less than the best health. These myths are so common that it’s hard to decide what will help you lose weight and what won’t?

No doubt, some of these weight loss myths initially sound true, others are just too far out to believe (yet, we still fall for them?). They cover everything from water making you gain weight to eating more cucumbers to lose weight.

We’re going to have a look at 5 of the most common weight loss myths in this post, so keep reading.

Weight Loss Myths That Keep You From Losing Weight

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Every idea other than burning more calories than you eat is a weight loss myth

1. Exercise Must Be Very Intense to Lose Weight

The Truth is that it takes more than exercise to lose weight. In fact, if you have more than a couple of pounds to lose you probably can’t exercise enough to lose it without a diet change.

And it doesn’t matter how intense your workouts.

Exercise is very important to any weight loss efforts, but the intensity first and foremost depends on your fitness level, age, and more.

A walk around the block can be very intense for someone who’s been a couch potato for years. And for that person, working up to a brisk walk for 30 minutes can burn as much as 200 calories.

On the other hand, running for 30 minutes, which is far more intense than walking, could burn close to 500 calories.

Losing weight is always accomplished by simply burning more calories than you consume. Cutting calorie intake must be the first step for most people, and then exercise.

Exercise does burn some calories, but you can cut more out of your diet than you can burn with exercise.

So, the truth is that exercise is more important for:

  • Building muscle which helps speed up calorie burn
  • Toning muscle to look your best after weight loss
  • Tightening loose skin that resulted from overweight conditions

When you consider all the facts, the most important thing is to exercise, not the intensity.

2. You Can Lose Weight Without a Diet Change

This myth begins and ends with advertising gimmicks for all the weight loss products on the shelves.

Losing weight without making any lifestyle changes is probably one of the most common myths today. But the truth is tthis:

It’s virtually impossible and illogical to think you can lose pounds by taking a “fat burner pill”.

Excess fat is diminished from your body when it needs more energy than the calories you have eaten in the last few hours.

And when that happens, the fat doesn’t simply disappear. It is converted to energy, and then turned into carbon monoxide and exhaled through your mouth and nose.

The problem with thinking you won’t have to make a diet change, is the simple carbs from eating the food that get’s us all fat to start with.

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You simply can’t expect to lose weight, even with a lot of exercise, while eating junk foods.

The truth is that without a diet change of some sort, you aren’t likely to lose weight.

  • You simply can’t expect to lose weight, even with a lot of exercise, while eating junk foods.
  • Junk food means anything with sugar and flour.
  • The way to weight loss is either burning more calories, eating less calories, or both. MAGIC FORMUALS ARE A MYTH!

When you realize what got you overweight, you will know what to do to lose it.

3. You Can’t Eat at Night and Lose Weight

Any time you read or hear that eating at a particular time of the day causes you to lose or gain weight, it’s a myth.

Overeating at any time of day adds excess weight and makes it hard to lose it.

With that said, you can overeat in the morning, never eat a bite between lunch and breakfast, and never lose a pound.

Just as you can fast all day, overeat at night (especially the wrong foods) and keep gaining weight.

The truth is what time of the day or night you eat has nothing to do with weight gain or weight loss.

The truth is what time of the day or night you eat has nothing to do with weight gain or weight loss.

  • Either weight loss or weight gain is predicated on the amount of calories you consume vs how many calories you burn.
  • No matter the time of the day, choose natural foods over processed foods.
  • Build your lifestyle around the types of food you eat, not what time you eat, to lose weight.

It’s hard to gain weight when your diet consist primarily of fruits, vegetables, whole grains that aren’t processed, lean meat and fowl. And it’s always easier to lose weight when you eat foods found naturally in nature.

What time of the day you eat matters little to losing weight when your lifestyle is built around healthy foods.

4. Skipping Meals Helps with Losing Weight

The idea that skipping meals here and there is a good way to lose weight is a myth.

It certainly makes sense to think that skipping a meal means you skipped that many calories. However, there are plenty of studies indicating that the opposite results with most people. Research indicates that most people who skip breakfast, for instance, wind up eating more calories later on in the day.

There is a way to skip meals that does help many people lose weight, and it’s called intermittent fasting. However, intermittent fasting only works for weight loss when it’s planned and scheduled as a part of your life, Intermittent fasting is never randomly skipping meals in hopes of cutting calories.

The truth about randomly skipping meals to lose weight is that is a myth that can cause weight gain.

  • Most people find that eating 4-6 very small meals (consisting of healthy food, and not junk food snacks) is the best way to control hunger and cravings.
  • Skipping meals is a good way to slow down your metabolism, gain weight, or making it much more difficult to lose any weight.
  • If you want to skip meals, use intermittent fasting as a lifestyle and only eat healthy foods.

Most people find that eating 4-6 very small meals (consisting of healthy food, and not junk food snacks) is the best way to control hunger and cravings, while weight loss motivation grows.

Skipping meals is a good way to slow down your metabolism, gain weight, or making it much more difficult to lose any weight.

When you skip a meal your body automatically protects itself by going into a survival mode. When in this survival mode, it refuses to burn stored fat, and would rather burn muscle tissue for energy.

5. It’s Too Hard to Eat Healthy

This is the biggest myth of all: It’s too hard to eat healthy.

In fact, once you get yourself into the mindset that your regular diet will consist primarily of healthy foods, it’s simple.

And it’s even easier when you come to grips with the cold hard fact that most “foods” we eat aren’t food at all.

Read the labels on canned and packaged foods to quickly realize that what you’re really eating is a concoction of chemicals. Industries spend billions of dollars every year to explore, discover, and research chemicals to add to “food” to make them taste like something else and to basically addict the population to eating more of it.

Like I said earlier, it’s hard to get fat on a diet of healthy foods. For instance, how many times have you found yourself craving fresh green beans? I’m guessing never, simply because they are natural and real food.

We crave sugar and white flour first of all because they are highly processed to the point that they aren’t natural foods any more.

The truth about eating healthy is that it’s easier, cheaper, and extends a healthy life.

  • Try making fresh and frozen foods the mainstay of your diet while giving yourself one day a week to splurge on anything you want.
  • Remember, it’s carbs from foods with sugar and flour that tend to add the pounds. These “faux” foods have little to no nutrients and set you up for craving more unhealthy foods.
  • Highly processed foods (processed foods always come in packages and cans) are well known to be the primary cause of most diseases we face today that make us unhealthy and shorten our lives.

If you think about it, it’s harder to stay overweight, live a life of constant losing and gaining, and destroy your health than it is to get in the habit of eating fresh and fresh frozen foods while thinking of sugar and flour as relished treats.

Summary

Weight loss myths are abundant! We all find it easy to fall for the myths because changing the habits that got us overweight is difficult to say the least.

But if your goal is to lose weight and enjoy all the benefits that come with maintaining a healthy weight, then it’s habits that must be changed!

So, don’t fall for the weight loss myths that make dieting sound a “piece of cake” (ha,ha) and get real!

Getting real means taking responsibility for what you eat just the same as you take responsibility for brushing your teeth every day. Throw out the myths, eat healthy, exercise more, lose weight, and feel great about yourself!

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