If you are reading this, there's no doubt you have followed several weight loss programs without success. You've heard everything under the sun about different types of programs and miracle cures, but to this day you still cannot figure out what your problem is. If you truly want to lose weight and keep it off for good, keep reading.
I lost 70 pounds in 4 months and have kept it off for over 15 years. It all began when I stopped listening to all the myths that encompass weight loss, and started focusing on proper nutrition. With so many fad diets out there, it's no wonder why so many people seem to be stuck on an endless roller coaster of fluctuating weight. Listed below are 9 popular weight loss myths and the truth behind each.
Weight Loss Myth #1: Eating Fat Will Make You Fat
It is the calories in that fat that makes us put on weight, not the fat. How many people do you know who lost a lot of weight and kept it off for good because they went from eating regular ice cream to low fat ice cream? Probably none.
Weight Loss Myth #2: Snacking Causes Weight Gain
You are much better off having several small meals over the course of the day than a couple giant meals. A steady source of fuel and an evening of blood sugar levels and metabolism all day long will result.
Weight Loss Myth #3: Exercise Allows For Guilt-Free Eating
Sorry, but you simply cannot eat whatever you like and expect to reach your weight loss goals, even with steady exercise. There's no harm in indulging occasionally, but in order to keep a fit, healthy figure you must have a healthy diet.
Weight Loss Myth #4: Water Flushes Fat
Energy and exercise will suffer if you are dehydrated, and drinking plenty of water is essential for weight loss. While drinking water can slightly boost your metabolism, it will not flush fat from your system.
Weight Loss Myth #5: Sugar Causes Diabetes
Being overweight and inactive are the main risk factors for type 2 diabetes, not sugar. Sugar is highly caloric and can be a contributing factor to obesity, which has a link to type 2 diabetes.
Weight Loss Myth #6: Grapefruit Burns Fat
Since grapefruit has lots of vitamin C it is a very healthy citrus fruit worth eating as part of a varied diet. However, grapefruit can't burn fat. No food can. Metabolism-boosting foods like grapefruit can help, but they can't do it alone.
Weight Loss Myth #7: Being Fat Is Healthy
Although there is certainly no shame in being proud of who you are as an individual, being fat is simply not healthy. Having a healthy appetite at every meal based on instant gratification will begin putting you in the danger zone for a multitude of health problems.
Weight Loss Myth #8: High Protein/Low Carb Diets Work
When the body is deprived of carbs, it must get fuel from fat, which makes you lose weight. Fat and protein fuel, however, are not as efficient as carbohydrate fuel and your body and health will suffer. That is why you feel tired all the time on these diets. I never understood why anyone would trust a diet that says fruits and vegetables are bad for you.
Weight Loss Myth #9: Weight Loss Supplements Are A Scam
If someone tries to sell you a pill that will miraculously make your pounds disappear, it's probably a scam. Losing weight is definitely possible with all-natural supplements, but in order to keep it off for good you must learn to make it a lifestyle change and continue on a healthy path to overall wellness.
This is only a small portion of what I learned that helped me jump off the weight loss roller coaster. You won't find a solution in one magic pill or the latest trend in fitness. Through my mistakes and experience, I am now able to help people make healthy choices when it comes to weight loss and dispel those weight loss myths.