With so much hype on new diet trends, workout routines and health supplements in the 21st century, weight loss has become a frequently debated topic all over the world. It can be easy to get lost in the wave of wrong advice that isn’t scientifically proven, and end up wondering why nothing works at all.
That’s why we’ve thoroughly researched the science behind some of the biggest weight loss myths that might be hurting your results.
Here are 5 popular myths that you shouldn’t be following:
1. Only Strict Dieting Can Help Me Lose Weight
The problem with very restrictive diets is that it also restricts important nutrients that your body needs to remain healthy and maintain a well-functioning immune system.
New research presented by the American College of Cardiology has linked low-carb diets to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Diets like keto and paleo do produce great short-term results if you just want to power through and drop some pounds quickly. But research has shown it’s good to switch back to a regular healthy diet over a long period of time to make sure the body remains healthy and is getting the nutrients it needs!
2. Weight Loss Is All About Cutting Calories
It’s a common known fact that in order to lose weight effectively, you need to consume lesser calories than your current caloric maintenance amount. It’s best not to cut more than 15-20% of your total caloric intake at once in order to give your body time to adjust to the change.
That doesn’t mean that you should fill up your needed caloric intake with ice cream and fatty foods as well! It’s important what type of foods the calories come from and the percentage of carbs, proteins and fat you should consume. The goal is for long-term health and being able to maintain your desired figure over the years!
3. “I Want To Lose Fat Only From My Belly…”
In order to push their service or products, many personal trainers and supplement companies tend to push the rhetoric that they can help you lose fat from one specific part of your body. The truth is that “spot fat reduction” has been proven to be scientifically impossible – you can’t target only one part of your body for fat loss.
The reason is because fat loss occurs throughout the entire body as a whole. You can try to build muscle in specific regions of the body, but will not contribute to fat loss in that region. Diet and exercise can help you to lower your overall body fat percentage and hence give you a slimmer, thinner look.
4. Carbs Are The No. 1 Enemy
If you’ve been trying to lose weight then you’ve most likely been told often that you need to restrict your carbs. Whilst reducing carbs will lower your overall caloric intake and hence result in the body losing weight, a fixated view of restricting carbs indefinitely can be harmful. One 2015 study found that calorie-for-calorie cutting down on dietary fat has a better effect than cutting down on carbs.
5. Low-Fat Labeled Foods Must Mean They’re Healthy
This is a common marketing tactic uses by so many food manufacturers so that they can mark up the price on their products! The truth is that only 60% of foods labeled as “low-fat” actually have lesser calories than their full-fat alternatives. You want to look closely at the labels in order to avoid spending more money on the “healthier choice” only to get meagre results.
With these 5 common weight loss myths unravelled, you’re on your way to better health and won’t indirectly hurt your own weight loss efforts. We get it, the idea of losing weight quickly can be really alluring but it is equally (if not more important) to focus on “being healthy” instead of just trying to “be skinny”.