Here are 18 Weight Loss Myths you must look at.
We explained that you don’t need to purge your diet of fat or carbs to lose weight, skipping meals can backfire, and fad diets like the ketogenic diet don’t often work. Beyond debunking weight loss strategies, they explain that weight loss is not just about discipline. It’s about genetics, access to healthy food, and your relationship to food.
MYTH 1: We need to skip meals and starve in order to lose weight.
It’s not true. So, if you skip meals, it’s gonna have such a negative effect on your body that when you do go to sit down and eat, you’ll probably overconsume.
MYTH 2: All calories are created equally.
Bananas do not make you fat. Bananas, they’re a great source of potassium, but for those 100 calories you’re also gonna get the fiber and the nutrients that your body needs in that cellular level to make sure that you are healthy and that you’re nourished and you definitely need to nourish your body.
MYTH 3: You have to Starve yourself to lose weight.
MYTH 4: Eating at night makes you gain weight.
Timing your meals is always a big question. The timing of the day is not going to affect weight loss. Calories are what’s going to affect weight loss or body-fat loss. So, if you eat a bunch of additional calories and you’re in calorie surplus and those are coming late at night, then that’s what’s causing something like weight gain.
MYTH 5: Skipping breakfast helps you lose weight.
MYTH 6 : Cut out Fat
So, if you have a wholesome product and you’re removing the fat of it, it’s gonna taste completely different. You probably wouldn’t even like it. But what they’re gonna do is replace that flavor with something else, and usually it’s either sodium or sugar. So, with sugar, when we have, like, a yogurt that has the fruit at the bottom, they’re gonna have way more sugars than if you had, like, a 2% Greek yogurt.
MYTH 7: Cut out Carbs
MYTH 8: Cut out Gluten.
Blame something like gluten without checking the rest of their diet. If you are honest with yourself, recording your food, checking the ingredients, and then you eat the gluten and you feel the intolerance, then great. But a lot of people will choose to just jump in and be like, gluten’s the enemy. So, most of us don’t need to cut out gluten or fat or carbs to lose weight.
MYTH 9: Diet Soda helps you to lose weight.
if we don’t stimulate the release of insulin, those sugars, the synthetic sugars, go to the liver, build up around the liver, hinder the functioning of the liver, and then can lead to nonalcoholic fatty disease.
MYTH 10: Juice Cleanses works.
Realistically, what’s happening is that, when you have those juice cleanses that are mostly coming from, like, fruit sugars and then the vegetable sugars, it’s a high, high amount of fructose in the body. When the body consumes excess fructose, it has a spasming effect of the GI tract that can lend to the cleansing effect. So that when we are actually having a reaction to the high amounts of fructose in the body, people think it’s the cleansing effect because the marketing ploys have led us to believe that way.
But it’s not. You would be better cleansing your body by actually eating the apple, eating the spinach, and eating all the other fruits that are in that cleanse. That would be better for you because fiber is our natural detox. What it does is it goes through the body, picks up, like, excess fat, metabolic waste, and help cleanse it out.
MYTH 11: Fast Intermittently to lose weight
someone can get a lot of calories in their mouth during that time as well. So, someone can, and many people do it, they’ve gained weight through intermittent fasting. So it’s not just gonna be this quick fix; there’s nothing magical to it.
MYTH 12: Keto Diet is the solution.
MYTH 13: “Hack” your body to lose weight.
MYTH 14: You must go on Diet.
MYTH 15: “Cheat” days Help.
And filling up on salad is a great way to cut calories.
MYTH 16: Cut out Alcohol to lose weight.
You can still lose weight while drinking occasional alcohol if you’re sticking to cleaner foods and by omitting all the foods that you tend to enjoy in the past, by omitting alcohol, trying to increase your exercise, and then doing this, like, detox fad all in one go, it’s overwhelming, and it’s setting you up for failure. So doing it in stages and being more realistic about what you can change now, and then work towards it.
MYTH 17: Health is determined by your weight.
Weight definitely isn’t everything. one of the biggest myths around weight loss and weight is that overweight equals unhealthy, normal weight equals healthy, as defined by the BMI category. BMI is a very inaccurate measure of health because it is just looking at your height and weight without taking into account what your metabolic factors and parameters are, what is your physiological health, your physical health, your sleep, your mental health, your relationship to food.
it’s very important to factor those things if we really wanna define someone as healthy. And if we’re not gonna look at it more holistically, I think what that does is it marginalizes people in bigger bodies. Plus, not everyone can lose weight, even if they’re putting in the same effort.