Losing weight is difficult. When it comes to losing weight, I know it’s not easy. We often rely on information from the web, what we read on social media, and the people around us. It’s easy to find weight-loss advice from different sources. But determining what’s true and what’s a myth can be difficult. You’ll read tips that contradict one another. You’ll hear about diets that seem both plausible and ridiculous at the same time. Here are 16 weight-loss myths we’re debunking.
Here are the 10 lies you’ve been told about losing the weight.
Hope this help you.
1 You will gain weight as you grow older.
You won’t gain excessive weight as you grow older as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you have been working out all your life, you should be just fine at 50 or 70 years old. The key to staying fit is life-long exercising. That’s right, you should hit the gym consistently, and not just to get that perfect beach body!
2 Following a certain diet trend will help you lose weight
There are so many different diet trends, including gluten-free lifestyles and veganism. Truth is, strictly eating vegan or suddenly eliminating gluten does not automatically make you drop 10 pounds. Sure, there may be health benefits of each diet, but unless you understand how to properly nourish your body when following these lifestyles, you can gain weight rather than lose it. Before adopting any new eating plan, make sure you know where you’ll be getting your carbohydrates, fats, and protein from.
3 The anabolic window
The anabolic window is a 30-minute period after a workout during which nutrition can boost your training results. However, there is a lack of scientific evidence that proves anabolic windows actually exist. Research shows that there is a questionable connection between the nutrients consumed right after a workout and better training results.
4 Stretching before a workout
We have always been told to stretch before a workout in order to prep our bodies. Turns out, the order should be the opposite. Research revealed that people who skipped stretching were able to squat with 8.36% more weight during their training than they could after stretching. Save stretching for the end, when your muscles are ready to relax.
5 Weight-loss supplements will make you skinny
Drinking detox teas and taking fat-burning supplements is not the key to weight loss. Mayo Clinic says that very little research has been done to prove how effective weight-loss supplements can be, so relying on them entirely to get in shape is unrealistic. Rather then depending on fat-burning pills or detox teas, you should follow a wholesome diet and exercise regularly. Anything that promises a quick and easy solution is probably just a scam.
6 You can eat whatever you want as long as you work out
While working out is essential to healthy weight loss, it’s a myth that spending countless hours at the gym while eating whatever you want will lead to weight loss. The saying that abs are made in the kitchen is true because you can’t expect your body to change solely by working out. An expert tells The Huffington Post that weight loss is usually 75% what you eat and 25% exercise. It’s important to pay attention to working out, but it’s even more important to be mindful of the food that you’re putting into your body if you’re trying to lose weight.
7 Eat smaller portions more frequently throughout the day.
Eating smaller meals more frequently to boost your metabolism and help you lose weight is also a myth. In fact, a recent study has proven that people who eat more than 3 times a day weigh more than those who eat less frequently. Also, people who have meals 5 or 6 times a day tend to overeat.
8 A low-carb diet is the only way to lose weight.
Low-carb diets work excellent when it comes to weight loss, but they have some disadvantages when it comes to long-term health. One of the main reasons for the low-carb diet’s popularity is that you quickly see amazing results due to the drop in water weight. Unfortunately, some people experience a lack of energy when they cut carbs out of their diet. Remember that a low-carb diet isn’t the only way to lose fat, you can try low-fat or low-protein diets, for example.
9 You can eat or drink anything you want during your eating window while fasting.
There are 2 important rules to follow when it comes to fasting — don’t starve yourself, and don’t overeat junk food during your eating period. You should consume enough calories, and eat as clean as you can while doing intermittent fasting in order to keep your insulin levels low. But it doesn’t mean that you can never eat or drink something unhealthy if you crave it. For example, drink black coffee with no sugar instead of your regular cappuccino.
10 The less you weigh, the healthier you are
The number on the scale does not define you, nor does it always reflect how healthy you are. The goal of a weight-loss journey should be more than just working to make the number on the scale go down. If you’re eating healthy and exercising regularly, you may even experience a tiny bit of weight gain due to an increase in muscle mass. According to Everyday Health, muscle is more dense than fat and takes up less room in the body. This means you can lose fat and gain muscle, but look leaner while maintaining the same weight.