Weight loss is a journey and requires a lot of hard work physically as well as mentally. And once you lose weight, you have to continue working to maintain that weight or you will gain back if you follow an unhealthy lifestyle. In the process of losing weight, you will come across many myths which people follow blindly. Below I have debunked a few common myths that will help you to focus on losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- Spot Reduction – Fat loss happens all over the body and cannot be localized. When you exercise targeting specific body areas, you build more muscle and get toned however it will not help you in losing fat in that specific area. Our genes and hormones also influence our body structure – men tend to store fat in the abdomen region whereas women store it in the hips, butt, thighs, and lower abdomen. Accept your body and take steps to make it more healthy and strong, as fit bodies come in different shapes and sizes. When you are working out try to focus on the entire body and involve many muscle groups in each exercise.
- Detox Helps You Lose Weight – “Detox” is a popular word in the dieting world. They are short-term diets that focus on juices and restrict less healthy foods or drinks. This is usually done to remove toxic waste from our bodies, especially after overindulgence in festivities. But this is a myth, if our body accumulated toxins in our body then we would fall ill. It is always best to follow a well-balanced diet and a proper exercise regime.
- Carbs Make You Fat – Yes, this is a myth too. People who are on a weight loss spree love to say that they are on a low-carb diet or a no-carb diet. But they tend to forget that carbohydrates are present in all plant foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. Our body requires carbohydrates for the energy and overall productivity of our body. Carbohydrates are the preferred source of fuel for our everyday activity, so cutting down on carbs means restricting your energy source and limiting your potential for muscle growth and your physical and mental performance. Carbohydrates will not cause weight gain but overeating will, so eat a healthy diet and in proper portion.
- Dietary Fat Makes You Fat – Eating fat doesn’t make you gain fat unless it leads to a long-term calorie surplus. Fat is energy-dense and provides us with 9 calories per gram. Fat also performs many functions in our body like transporting fat-soluble Vitamins and also protects our vital organs such as the heart, kidney, liver, etc. Consuming healthy fats in healthy amounts will ensure the proper functioning of the body and optimum fat burning. The fat you should avoid is trans-fat.
- Diet Foods Lead To Weight Loss – Foods that are labeled low-fat or low-carb do not mean that they are low in calories. Studies have shown that participants ate up to 50 percent more of foods that the researchers had falsely labeled “low-fat” than the same foods with real labels. This is because people assumed that diet foods contain fewer calories than their regular counterparts. So, it is always advisable to see the nutritional label and check how many calories are there in a serving of low-fat or low-carb and compare with the regular version of the same product.
- You Have To Eat Clean To Lose Weight – Yes, you have to eat clean to stay healthy and fit but not to lose weight. Weight loss happens when you are in a calorie deficit, that is, if you consume fewer calories and burn more, then you can lose weight. If you are consuming healthy food but your calories are more than your body needs, you will gain weight. So it all comes down to calories in versus calories out. It is always recommended to focus on healthy foods while being at a calorie deficit to lose weight and maintain a healthy body.