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5 Common Weight Loss Myths That Could Be Sabotaging Your Goals

You’ve tried practically every “diet” there is, yet you still haven’t lost any weight. Or perhaps you’ve lost weight only to gain it back quickly. One reason may be because you’re buying into common weight loss myths.

It feels like you’re caught in an endless cycle that you will never be able to overcome.

On top of that, there’s a tonne of free advice available in the media these days, and if you take it literally, it could really hinder your efforts to lose weight. People who experience this kind of frustration may feel they are “doomed to remain overweight for life.”

This isn’t true.

Most likely, you simply lack the knowledge necessary to enable you to be successful in achieving your weight loss goals. It’s easy to feel like you’re drowning because there are so many diet and weight loss misconceptions out there. But making the distinction between fact and myth and using knowledge to your advantage is the first step toward success.

Below are 5 common weight loss myths that could be sabotaging your goals.

 

WEIGHT LOSS MYTH 1

Skipping Meals Is a Good Idea

You might believe that being on a diet involves skipping meals and snacks and going without food all day. But that only results in agitation, frustration, and finally giving up your diet and quickly gaining weight again.

This idea suggests that cutting calories throughout the day will result in weight loss. In reality, you will probably consume at least as much, if not more.

Plus, your blood sugar levels will fall if you skip a meal.

In general, hunger is a sign of low blood sugar and as a result, if hunger pangs strike, you end up eating quickly and possibly making bad food choices.

This can be avoided if you can regulate your blood sugar and curb your hunger by eating several smaller meals throughout the day.

 

WEIGHT LOSS MYTH 2

It's okay to snack after the sun goes down, but if you do, be sure your choices are healthy and nutritious.Eating Late At Night Makes You Fat

Your body doesn’t determine your weight based on WHEN you eat. All that matters is how much you eat. Figuring out how many calories you are taking compared to how much you are burning is crucial. You must strike the right balance between how much you eat and how much you burn.

Although strictly speaking our metabolism does slow down a small bit during the night, the following is still true – if you take in more calories than you burn, then the extras will be stored as fat and you’ll gain weight. That’s true whether you eat at night or not.

But if you decide to wolf down 500 calories over your daily value right before you go to bed, then obviously you’re not going to burn them while you are sleeping so your body will store it as fat.

It’s okay to snack after the sun goes down, but if you do, be sure your choices are healthy and nutritious.

 

WEIGHT LOSS MYTH 3

Cutting Out Fat Helps You Lose Weight

Avoiding foods with a lot of dietary fat may seem sensible if you want to be trim and toned. But not all fats are created equal.

Losing weight is not achieved by avoiding fat. In fact, it often causes weight gain. According to a  recent study, eating foods with healthy fats doesn’t make you fat; on the contrary, they can boost your metabolism and aid in weight loss.

While you should obviously stay away from fast food and fried foods that are loaded with saturated or, even worse, trans-fats – your body needs healthy fats to function properly.

Healthy fats, such as avocadoes, extra virgin olive oil, ground flax seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, and wild salmon – are excellent for the health of the skin and brain, contain anti-inflammatory properties, increase satiety, and supports weight loss.

 

WEIGHT LOSS MYTH 4

Low-carb diets can actually help in weight lossCarbs Make You Fat

People mistakenly believe that carbohydrates are the ‘diet devil’ and are the main culprit that causes weight gain. Far from it.

Low-carb diets can actually help in weight loss, and in fact, whole foods that are high in carbs are very healthy for you. Whole foods such as sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, whole-wheat bread, cereal, and pasta can provide iron, fibre, and other important nutrients.

Whereas cutting off all carbohydrates can make you gain weight because you won’t be getting the nutrient-dense fibre that has been shown to aid in weight loss.

 

WEIGHT LOSS MYTH 5

You Can Target Trouble Spots

Maybe your thighs or arms are really bothering you and you want to get rid of the weight there as soon as possible. Or perhaps you want to quickly get rid of the ‘spare tyre’ around your midriff so you slave doing 200 sit-ups a day.

Bad news I’m afraid.

Fat is lost evenly throughout the body. You can’t focus on one body part and only work it in an attempt to reduce that fatty area. Although it’s true that eating the right meals and exercising regularly will help you lose weight overall, however, you can’t predict where the fat will come off.

Since everybody is unique, it’s impossible to use a diet to specifically target fat removal from particular body parts.

You must concentrate on general fitness – aerobic exercises, strength training, healthy eating, and more – to help a trouble spot. Only in that way can additional fat be lost.

 

A good balanced & organic diet – free from processed sugars, fats, flours and oils; regular exercise; positive emotional health; adequate rest; less high-tech gizmos omitting radiation and a relatively low-stress lifestyle are needed to keep our health in top-notch and prevent you from becoming a statistic.The Bottom Line

If you’re attempting to lose weight, you may be familiar with some or all of these myths and even believe in them.

Yes, losing weight is tough. Our bodies are equipped to absorb and retain energy because they were designed to survive in leaner times.

While most foods are not inherently unhealthy, it’s best to limit your intake of high-sugar and high-fat foods. The effective approach to losing weight is gradual, with realistic changes to your diet and exercise routines.

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Have you heard or tried any of these weight loss myths before? If so, which ones? Have you had much success in keeping the weight off? I would love to hear your comments and thoughts…And if you liked the post, feel free to share!

Peace & blessings

Teresa

 

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8 Comments

  1. Adam

    This post hits home for me because I have targeted every myth listed here. Not eating lunch, not eating anything after 8 pm, cutting fat and carbs. I went through these cycles over and over again in my struggle to lose weight. Targeting specific body parts at the gym trying to lose my gut and tone up. I like sites like this that present factual information instead of increasing the already inflated weight loss world. Do you have any meal plan recommendations? Thank you for the information. 

    • Teresa M

      Hey Adam

      you’re most welcome! It’s a vicious circle when it comes to weight loss. For me, moderation is the key – in all aspects of life -what you eat and what you do. I try to eat what is in season and I never drink ice-cold water when I’m eating as this can clog up fat in your arteries. Green tea at meal times for me always! Plus it helps with weight loss too. Check out my article What Is In Green Tea? And Why You Can Benefit From Drinking It Daily.

      Hope this helps!

      peace & blessings

      Teresa

  2. Lizzy Stabel

    Thank you for debunking all these myths on weight loss, it opens my eyes again. I get stuck all the time, I loose a few pounds, and then it stops. I am going to try to eat more often instead of skipping meals, because if there is one true thing, it is that I tend to skip a meal and then I am way to hungry for the next meal and so I eat more. thank you for the insights!

    • Teresa M

      Hi Lizzy

      you’re most welcome! Skipping meals is very common indeed and glad you found the post useful! Have a great weekend!

      peace & blessings

      Teresa

  3. Anusuya

    Hi Teresa,

    It is one of the most wanted kinds of blogs that sure will add clarity or correct the concept of weight loss myths.

    There are so many diets available while you are desperately trying to lose weight, people try them out without much research. 

    I was in all of your myths and still one-eating late at night may affect my weight. Thank you for addressing it.

    I lost weight getting out of a stress mess and fixed my Vitamin-D level which was close to 0.

    I lost 13 lbs in an 18-month period by rustic living in a village in India and fresh greens, and veggies, whole grains, and using fresh herbs and juices every day which helped my blood sugar and weight reduction.

    Thank you for this important post. I look forward to more of this kind.

    • Teresa M

      Hi Anusuya

      lovely to hear from you again my friend! I guess we have all fallen victims to these weight loss myths and you are right in stating that people need to do their research before jumping on the next weight loss fad!

      I’m happy to hear you have succeeded in your weight loss journey through a healthy and organic diet – which I believe is essential to anyone trying to lose weight.

      peace & blessings

      Teresa

  4. pasindu dimanka

    Thank you very much for this valuable detailed post about weight lose myths. This post is really valuable for anyone who is struggling to lose weight. My sister is also working hard to lose weight. I have seen her also skip meals. The things in this post will be very important to her. I will definitely send this to her. Keep posting like this.

    • Teresa M

      Hi Pasindu

      thanks for your comments and glad you found the post useful. I wish your sister success in her journey to lose weight.

      peace & blessings

      Teresa

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