It seems everyone is trying to lose weight these days. However, many people end up resorting to unhealthy and unproven methods for weight loss, usually with unsatisfactory results.
Here we will discuss and bust some of the most common weight loss myths, which in fact sabotage one’s weight loss goals.
Myth I: Starchy foods make one fat and should be reduced to achieve weight loss.
The truth, however, is that there are number of food items which are low in calories and fat such as rice, bread, beans and fruits. These food items only become high in fat and calorific content when they are consumed in huge quantities or when they are combined with other high fat foods such as butter, mayonnaise, sour cream or ketchup. The body needs foods which are high in starch (also know as complex carbs) as they are a major source of energy.
Myth II: Non-Fat or Low-Fat means no calories.
A food labeled as non-fat or low-fat does not necessarily mean that they contain no fat. They just have a lower calorific content as compared to their full fat versions. However, more often than not, the calorific content of these non-fat or low fat food products is the same (if not more) as the full fat versions. You must check the nutritional labels on the food items to know more about the calorific content. Also, low-fat foods do not mean that you can eat more.
Myth III: Eating after 7:30 pm leads to gain in weight.
It makes no difference at what time of the day you eat. You gain weight only because of the food you eat and the quantity you eat. If you consume more calories than you burn, your body will store it away and you will gain weight.
Myth IV: Only drastic diets lead to weight loss.
Of course, eating just oranges for a whole week will inevitably lead to weight loss. However, do you really think you can eat just oranges for the rest of your life for permanent weight loss? Such weight loss goals are not realistic. Every one of us will eventually get frustrated and bored with such drastic diets and crave that hamburger. The trick to achieving sustained weight loss is to gradually modify your dieting habits so that you can stick to it.
Myth V: You need to give up your favorite foods to lose weight.
That is simply not true. Depriving yourself of your favorite foods will not work in the long term. It is human nature that when you try to avoid something completely, you inevitably end up breaking the resolution. Once you break the resolution you simply give up and get back to your old ways and start piling on those pounds. Instead, you should allow yourself to enjoy your favorite foods every now and then.
Moderation is the key here.