There are many common weight loss myths that people live when it comes to their health. It is sometimes difficult to separate the weight loss myths and facts from what is true. Many sound true while others are simply ridiculous. I once read somewhere that if you drink water at night, that you go to gain weight or that if you scratch your head too often you go to lose your hair
Weight Loss Myth #1
The more weight I need to lose, the more intense my exercise routine should be
Weight Loss Truth: Although an intense workout routine is great, there are a few things you should consider: the first is that everyone is at a different level when it comes to their fitness and how much intensity they can actually handle. If you have been physically inactive for a few years, an intensive workout could be half a mile a day’s walk. After running this half mile, you notice that you are sweating bullets and are tired. However, for someone who has been physically active for many years, you can run half a mile without sweating. Everyone has a different definition of what “intense” is.
If intensive works for you for one hour a day, but because of life’s busy schedule you only have time for 20 minutes a day, then those 20 minutes will go an extremely long way. It may not necessarily be classified as “intense” by your definition, but these little cardio moments will have positive health changes.
Fat loss myth #2
Stress and weight gain do not go hand in hand
Weight Loss Fact: This is one of those “laughable” myths. To learn more about how stress can add to your life, please download my free e-book, “Psychology of Weight Loss”.
Weight loss myth #3
I can lose weight while eating what I want
Weight Loss Truth: Sir Isaac Newton once said, “What goes up must come down.” There are natural principles that govern our lives. If you throw a ball up in the air, it will come down again. You can sit on your couch and imagine and imagine that the ball stays above water in the air, but natural principles teach us that it comes down. The same goes for our weight.
This is one of the most common weight loss myths out there. It is illogical to think that your health and weight will be in balance if your diet consists mainly of Twinkies, chips and donuts. Sure, you can burn it up through exercise, but most people whose diet consists mainly of junk food are probably not disciplined enough to stick to a workout routine. I know a few people who look like they’re in good shape from the outside because they’re not “fat” but they do have high cholesterol.
Just because I’m sorry to crush the hearts of so many Twinkie lovers out there, I’d say so. You can eat junk food, cookies, chips, ice cream, pizza, burgers… All those “soul foods,” but it should be in moderation. Anything too much is never good.
Fat loss myth #4
Skipping food is a good way to lose weight
Weight Loss Fact: There are numerous studies that show that people who skip breakfast and eat less times during the day tend to be much heavier than those who have a healthy dietary breakfast and then eat 4-6 small meals during the day. The reason for this could be the fact that they become hungrier later in the day and may have a tendency to eat during other meals of the day.
Weight Loss Myth #5
I will not lose weight while eating at night
Weight Loss Truth: You can indulge in eating during the day and not eating a single thing at night and you will gain weight. Just like the fact that you can starve yourself during the day and eat all night and you will still gain weight. The key here is balance. When your body tells you that it is hungry, then maybe you should listen to it. The truth is that over eating while not exercising will cause you to gain weight; no matter what time of day you eat. Whenever I am hungry at night, as is my habit with other meals during the day, I try to choose something that is natural in nature. Something like fruit, vegetables, or I could even make myself a fruit smoothie. In those moments when I am looking for ice cream or something sweet, I allow myself to get something and I do NOT feel guilty. Many people who are overweight live their lives in debt