Not all advice about weight loss that can be read on the internet is helpful. Have a look at 12 of the biggest myths, lies and misassumptions about weight loss.


1. All “Calories” Are Identical

It is a big misassumption that because all calories have the identical energy content, they have the identical effect on your body.  Since different foods go along different metabolic path, they can affect the hunger and the hormones differently. For instance, a protein calorie differs from a carb or a fat calorie.

Different foods go through different metabolic pathways and can have vastly different effects on hunger and the hormones that regulate body weight. Consuming protein instead of fat and carb can boost your metabolism, reduce the cravings and the appetite and can improve the function of some hormones which regulate weight. To add, whole foods calories are much more substantial then refined foods calories.

Bottom Line:

Different calorie sources have different effect on your body.

2. Losing Weight is a Sequential Process

Losing weight is not a liner process although some people think of it as such. There are days when you lose weight and days when you gain weight. It is naturally for the body to have weight fluctuations. For instance, holding on to larger amounts of water than usual or having more food in the digestive system can be causes of fluctuation.

Bottom Line:

The weight loss process is not linear and losing weight may take some time.

3. Supplements Can Help You Lose Weight

The industry which produces weight loss supplements is colossal. The various offered supplements are not that effective as they are said to be. The sole reason some people think they work is the placebo effect. However, there are a few weight loss supplements that can have slight effect on your weight loss.

Bottom Line:

The majority of supplements are not useful.

4. Obesity is About Determination and not Biology

It is a total misassumption that losing or gaining weight is about determination. There are a lot of factors which contribute to obesity. For starters, there are number of genetic variables that have been connected with obesity or different medical conditions. Secondly, there are certain hormones for regulating weight that can be dysfunctional in obese people. For instance, a main cause of obesity is the leptin resistance. The leptin is the hormone responsible for telling your brain that it has stored enough fat. If it fails to do so the brain assumes that you are hungry.
What drives the eating habit is our behavior and the behavior is driven by biochemistry and physiology.

Bottom Line:

Obesity  represents a  complex disorder made of  genetic, environmental and biological factors which impact the body weight.

5. “Eat Lessand  Move More”

It is a fact that body fat is stored energy and to lose fat you need to lose calories, and calories are better lost if we are active. For this reason it may sound logical that moving more and eating les will lead to weight loss. Nevertheless, people who have a grave weight problem and who follow this guidance, end up gaining the weight back. There are biochemical and physiological causes for this.

One needs to have a continuing change in behavior and perspective, an exercise and a diet plan in order to lose weight.

Bottom Line:

The “eat less, move more” tip seldom works in the long run.

6. Carbs Make You Obese

It is a scientific fact that a low-carb diet helps with the weight loss. In a lot of cases this happens even without calorie restriction. Nevertheless it does not have to mean that carbs lead to weight gain. It is true that refined carbs are linked to gaining weight, but whole foods which are rich in carbs are really healthy.

Bottom Line: Carbs are not the prime cause of obesity but a low-carbs diet is effective for losing weight.

7. Fat Makes You Fat

Body fat is actually stored fat, so by consuming more fat we should store more fat logically. Nevertheless, provided that the calories are in the range, fat will not make you fat. Additionally it has been shown that high-fat diets (low in carbs) lead to weight loss. Combining fat with high-calorie, high-carb diet bases on junk food will make you fat.

Bottom Line:

There is nothing essentially fattening about fat. It is all a matter of context.

8. Eating Breakfast is Essential  for Losing Weight

According to some studies those people who skip breakfast weight more than those who eat it.  However, a controlled trial which included 309 women and men was recently conducted. Some skipped breakfast and others didn’t. The results showed that it didn’t matter if people ate or didn’t eat breakfast. The weight remained the same. Yet another myth is that breakfast improves metabolism or that by eating smaller helpings you are going to burn more calories during the day.

Bottom Line:

Studies show that it doesn’t matter if you eat or skip breakfast.

9. Fast Food is Always Fattening

This is actually not true since many fast food companies started making healthier food since there have been increase in health consciousness throughout the world. It is not very likely that you can get something healthy at a fast food restaurant.

Bottom Line:

Fast food is not always unhealthy. A large number of fast food restaurants offer healthy meals.

10. Diets for Weight Loss Actually Work

There are studies which show that diets rarely help in the long run. Around 85 % of people gain back the weight they have lost. If you want to lose weight you should focus on changing your lifestyle and becoming healthier, fitter and happier person rather than dieting. If you succeed in increasing the levels of activity, sleep better and eat healthier, you ought to lose weight naturally.

Bottom Line:

Dieting does not help in losing weight for the long run. The majority of people gain the weight again.

11. Obese People Are Unhealthy, Healthy People are Thin People

It is true that some diseases like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and increased risk of cancer are associated with obesity. Nevertheless, there are a lot of obese people who are healthy and as many thin people who suffer from those diseases.

Bottom Line:

Obesity is connected to various chronic diseases but many people who are obese are healthy, and many people who are thin are not

12. “Diet” Foods Will  Help You To Lose Weight

Marked as healthy but actually masked, foods like fat-free foods, low-fat foods, gluten-free foods are actually junk food. The immorality of some of the marketers of junk food will lead you to buy really harmful food for you and your kids.  So if the packing says that the food is healthy, then it is probably unhealthy and harmful for you.

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