If youâ€™re trying to lose weight, youâ€™ve probably gotten a lot of advice on the subject. After doing some research, youâ€™ll notice a lot of the advice that comes from one source conflicts with the advice you get from another source. It makes it very difficult to determine what is and what isnâ€™t true.
A lot of the things you hear might seem to make sense, but that doesnâ€™t necessarily mean itâ€™s true. In an effort to make things a little clearer, letâ€™s look at a few of the weight loss myths that are commonly thought of as true.Â
Myth #1: Exercise will shed pounds.
Thereâ€™s no denying the fact that exercise helps you to lose weight, but people often overstate the benefit. You burn calories while exercising, but itâ€™s much easier to reduce calories by changing the way you eat. Exercise is healthy, and it will contribute to weight loss, but finding the right diet should be your main focus.
Moreover, many people exercise incorrectly (yes, there is a right and wrong way to do it!). Running an infinite number of miles on the treadmill or using weight machines wonâ€™t torch calories. When you hit the gym, it is a good idea to seek the assistance of a personal trainer. He or she can advise you on effective weight loss workouts.
Myth #2: Certain foods will boost your metabolism.
Burning more calories that you take in is the only way to lose weight. There is no magic food or super fruit that is going make fat fall off your body. The truth is, you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight, as long as you keep your calories low. That being said, 100 calories worth of vegetables will generally fill you up, while some people can eat 1,000 calories worth of fried foods without feeling full.
Myth #3: You canâ€™t eat carbs or fats.
Humans need protein, fats and carbs. All of them play a vital role in the way we function. To keep things simple, proteins are used to build muscle, fats are used to create hormones and carbs are used for energy. This is an oversimplification, of course, but thatâ€™s about as much as the average dieter needs to understand. Again, it doesnâ€™t matter where they come from, calories make you gain weight.
Myth #4:Â Snacks are a no-no.
Some people think the best way to lose weight is to cut out snaking. The truth is that some of the healthiest people eat throughout the day. The trick to snacking is to not let it get out of hand. Choose healthy options that are low in calories.
Itâ€™s also not a good idea to snack while youâ€™re watching television. People have a tendency to eat more than they normally would when they are distracted.
Myth #5: You can never dine out.
While itâ€™s true that cooking your own food will generally result in a lower calorie meal, itâ€™s a bad idea to treat trips to the restaurant as forbidden. This type of behavior generally leads a person to feel deprived, which lowers their chances of success in their weight loss endeavors. Limit â€“ rather than eliminate â€“ the amount of times you go out to eat. When you do eat at a restaurant, make healthier choices. Start with a salad and stay away from fried foods.
Donâ€™t Fall Victim To Weight Loss Myths
Making the choice to lose weight is great, but it can be a confusing process at times. Everyone wants to tell you the best way to go about it, but not everyone knows what theyâ€™re talking about.
Burning more calories than you eat is the only way to lose weight. Eat healthy foods and let the professionals at the gym help you establish a calorie-burning workout.