We live in the internet age, and you may come across a lot of ‘bad internet advice’ when it comes to health-related topics. Weight loss is one such hot topic, and it seems that everyone has something to say about it. However, everyone has a different body type and metabolism; hence all techniques might not necessarily work for everyone. Another reason why they may not work is weight loss myths. A lot of these myths surfaced in 2017, and there is a good reason why we should not carry them into 2018.
We have listed a few of such myths. Have a look:
1. Skip meals
Apparently, skipping meals helps you lose weight. Sadly, it is also a myth. Skipping meals lead to a reduction of your calorie intake, as you starve yourself by not eating proportionately. Consequently, your metabolism faces a severe impact, as you begin to overeat. Thus, instead of losing weight, you end up gaining a few kilos. The right way to do it would be to eat healthy meals and also consume a few snacks in between meals to stop the craving.
2. Exclude foods from your diet
If you think eliminating certain foods from the diet will help you lose those calories, you’re mistaken. Completely removing some foods will prove to be an extreme step. Cutting out on carbs, baked goods, and excess sugar is undoubtedly essential, but it has to be done step by step and not drastically. While it is crucial to consume these foods moderately, care should be taken not to eliminate them all of a sudden.
For example, people with a sweet tooth might suffer if they are deprived of their favorite foods, which will ultimately lead to cravings and overeating. So, the best way is limiting the quantity of these foods and integrating them in a balanced manner.
3. Exercise is the only way
Of course, regularly working out has its benefits to keep your weight steady. However, believing that it is the only way to lose weight is the greatest myth of all. Even if you’re working out regularly, but are binging on pizza, later on, it certainly won’t help you lose weight. ‘Cheat days’ work just fine, but eating whatever you want after working out will not help you reach your desired goals. A healthy and balanced diet combined with regular exercise will work wonders for your body.
4. Eat low-fat foods
Lies! Eating low-fat food is the latest trend, and weight-conscious people try their best to find ‘low-fat’ labels on every food that they eat. Certain fats are essential for the smooth functioning of our body, known as ‘healthy fats.’ These include cheese, avocados, eggs, and nuts.
5. Blame it on the genes
Another myth that goes around is that if you are fat, it is because of your genes. A family history of obesity surely has some part to play; however, it doesn’t mean it cannot be altered. Changing lifestyles and discussing alternatives with your doctor will certainly help you to gain perspective.