There are many common weight loss myths that people live by when it comes to their health. Sometimes it is difficult to separate the myths and reality of weight loss from the truth. Many ring true while others are just ridiculous. I once read somewhere that if you drink water at night you will gain weight or that if you scratch your head too often you will lose your hair …
Myth # 1 about weight loss
The more weight I have to lose, the more intense my exercise routine should be.
Weight Loss Truth: While having an intense workout routine is great, there are a few things to consider: The first is that everyone is on a different level when it comes to their fitness and intensity that they can actually handle. If you’ve been physically inactive for several years, it could be strenuous exercise for you to walk half a mile a day. After walking that half mile, you find that you are sweating and tired. However, for someone who has been physically active for many years, walking a half mile can be done without breaking a sweat. Everyone has a different definition of what “intense” is.
If it is intense for you to exercise for an hour a day, but due to life’s busy schedule, you only have time for 20 minutes a day, then those 20 minutes will go a long way. It may not necessarily be classified as “intense” by your definition, but those little cardiovascular moments will have positive health-altering effects.
Fat loss myth # 2
Stress and weight gain don’t go hand in hand
Weight Loss Fact: This is one of those “ridiculous” myths. For more information on how stress increases pounds. to your life, download my free e-book, “Weight Loss Psychology”
Weight loss myth # 3
I can lose weight by eating whatever I want
Weight Loss Truth: Sir Isaac Newton once said, “What goes up must come down.” There are natural principles that govern our lives. If you throw a ball into the air, it will come back down. You can sit on your couch and imagine and visualize that the ball will keep floating in the air, but natural principles teach us that it will come down. The same goes for our weight.
This is one of the most common weight loss myths out there. It’s illogical to think that your health and weight will be in balance if your nutrition consists primarily of twinkies, chips, and donuts. Sure, you can burn it off by exercising, but most people whose diet consists mostly of junk food are probably not disciplined enough to stick to an exercise routine. I know some people who, from the outside, seem to be in good shape, because they are not “fat, but have high cholesterol.”
Just because I’m sorry I crushed the hearts of so many twinkie lovers I’d say this. You can eat junk food, cookies, chips, ice cream, pizza, hamburgers … All those “soul-satisfying foods”, but it should be in moderation. Any excess is never good.
Fat loss myth # 4
Skipping meals is a good way to lose weight
Weight loss fact: There are numerous studies showing that people who skip breakfast and eat fewer times during the day tend to be much heavier than those who eat a healthy nutritious breakfast and then eat 4-6 small meals during the day. The reason for this could be the fact that they are hungrier at the end of the day and may have a tendency to overeat during other meals of the day.
Myth # 5 about weight loss
I will not lose weight eating at night
Weight Loss Truth: You can enjoy food during the day and not eat a single thing at night and you will gain weight. As is the fact that you can starve yourself during the day and eat through the night and still gain weight. The key here is balance. If your body tells you that it is hungry, perhaps you should listen to it. The truth is that overeating without exercising will cause you to gain weight; It doesn’t matter what time of day you eat. Whenever I am hungry at night, as is my habit with other meals during the day, I try to select something that is natural in nature. Something like fruits, veggies, or I could even make myself a fruit smoothie. During those moments when I crave ice cream or something sweet, I allow myself to eat a little and I do NOT feel guilty about it. Many overweight people live their lives with guilt and shame. I allow myself to get some, however, IN MODERATION.
Fat loss myth # 6
I am not acceptable until I lose weight
Fact about weight loss: The person who does not feel acceptable because he is fat is because he is not acceptable to himself first. How you think others see you is based on your view of yourself. I honestly believe that one must be in good emotional shape before being in good physical shape. I’ve been through these self-limiting emotions before. Once I realized that I was ALREADY ENOUGH in God’s eyes and that I had no need to prove myself to anyone or receive external validation for my self-esteem, that made a difference for me. Once you accept yourself for who you are RIGHT NOW and realize that you are enough in God’s eyes, you will not feel like you are unacceptable because of your weight.
Myth # 7 about weight loss
I need to cut calories to lose weight faster
Truth About Weight Loss: Cutting calories can be a great thing, if you’re overeating and drastically congested. However, if you’re eating proportionally, cutting calories could have an aversive effect. If you are cutting calories and your body is starving, then that will slow your metabolism, or in other words, slow it down, which may result in you not losing any weight, even if you are “cutting calories.”
Fat loss myth # 8
Skipping meals will help me lose weight
Weight Loss Fact: Skipping meals can actually cause you to gain weight! You will be very hungry and will eventually have to eat. This will bypass your metabolism and eventually slow it down. Think of a car that is running out of gas (food), if you don’t fill it up, it will eventually stop running. The same goes for our body, we need to keep it constantly fed.
Myth # 9 about weight loss
I think I have genetic weight gain, I have it in my family!
Weight Loss Truth: Can Anyone Say EXCUSES? I’m not going to deny that there may be a tendency for heavy parents to raise heavy children who will continue to weigh their whole lives, but I don’t think there is actually a “fat” gene or DNA out there. What we inherit from our family, mainly those who raised us directly, are our views and beliefs. Your views on food, money, religion, politics, education, etc. they are based on how you were raised. If you were raised in a home where main meals were cooked in fried foods, you may have a tendency to continue cooking and eating fried foods throughout your life. If that’s the case, you may have a little weight around your waist. The easy thing is to blame those who were in charge of your education, however, you ALWAYS have the option to change.
Myth # 10 about fat loss
Eating healthy is very difficult
Weight Loss Fact: Eating healthy is the simplest thing in the world … once you’ve trained to do it. How many times have you set a goal to lose weight or “eat better”? The first few days you are doing very well, eating all kinds of foods that you normally would not eat. Then something funny started to happen, you went back to your old clothes and behaviors. This has happened to you in other areas outside of your health. It could be to earn money, look for a new job, or in your relationships. Creating a new habit takes time because our brain does not like changes. The change in the brain is dangerous. Anyway, if you want to learn more about how our brain tries to sabotage us so that we don’t create new habits, download my free e-book, “The Psychology of Weight Loss.”
Myth # 11 about weight loss
You have to give up your favorite foods to lose weight
Weight Loss Truth: What Would a World Be Like Without Chocolate and Pepperoni Pizza? I think it would be a torturous world to live in it !! lol, now on a real note, I completely disagree with this myth. You can definitely eat your favorite foods. Depriving yourself of this kind of pleasure isn’t fun, and frankly, you’ll probably EAT it anyway. As mentioned above, the real key is moderation. If you are a steak lover, it may not be the best to eat it every day, but maybe once or twice a week. Those who know me personally know that LOOOOOOOOVE chicken wings with pizza. In a perfect world where I would not gain weight and my arteries would not clog, I would love to eat it several times a week, well, more like every day. However, I know those are not the healthiest food options, which is why I eat them about 2-3 times a month. I am not giving up my favorite foods, I am just eating them in moderation so that it does not overtake me in the form of excess weight.
Fat loss myth # 12
Overeating is caused by hunger.
Weight loss fact: Nice try. If only we could blame “hunger” for it. In fact, this person we call hungry has nothing to do with you OVEREATING. It may have something to do with your body that tells you that it is time to “recharge” and that you need food, but that is not an indication that one should overeat. What causes many people to overeat are different reasons. One of the main ones is the feeling of stress, depression, loneliness, anxiety, fear and other degrading emotions of that nature. Food can often be a means of meeting your needs. You may actually be meeting your needs through your food. For example, if you live a lonely life and are not very happy, then food could be a means of making you feel happy and comforted. There are other articles I’ve written on this topic, but suffice it to say that overeating is NOT due to being hungry.
Myth # 13 about weight loss
Only drastic diets work
Weight Loss Truth: There goes that word again … DIET …. those “crash diets” are only good for losing weight quickly and gaining weight quickly once you do. These drastic diets range from the “cookie diet”, hehehe …. All that way to “the water only diet” ….. I’m sure you can lose weight while following these DIETS, however, the weight will increase properly. back and usually with some extra weight as a bonus
Myth # 14 about fat loss
I’m too fat and too far to start
Weight Loss Fact: A long journey begins step by step. It is natural to expect instant results and even fear the road ahead; especially if you are very overweight. The secret here is to make SMALL incremental changes. Don’t expect perfection because that will lead to disappointment. You’re never too far down the road where you can’t see the sunlight …
Myth # 15 about weight loss
I can’t do it, I have tried many times and failed
Weight Loss Truth: The great Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” your butt and do something about it. You fall, you get up … you fall again, you get up again. If you’ve tried to lose weight in the past, it’s time to keep trying. Discouragement is losing weight like a piece of fried chicken for a vegetarian …… DOES NOT go hand in hand.