Weight Loss Myths That Waste Time and Money
Of all the business niches and commercial enterprises in the United States, few are as big or as rife with inaccuracy and misleading propaganda as the weight loss "industry." With 62% of Americans overweight or obese in 2016, the weight loss industry, and the corresponding weight loss myths, have grown exponentially and continues to bloat. In the US, commercial weight loss products and services accounted for a staggering $68 billion in revenue in 2015 alone!
There are currently tens of thousands of weight loss products, services and schemes on the market, from diets, fasts and cleanses to pills, powders and other supplements. There are seemingly endless “miracle” products out there that promise to create new, slim, healthier you. With all of this “creative” promotion, bolstered by unsubstantiated promises and outright falsehoods, it’s understandably confusing for those looking for an effective and healthy way to reach their weight goals. What really works and what’s a waste of time? What are "best practices" when it comes to weight loss? Here, we’ve compiled a few of the most common weight loss myths and falsehoods. Educate yourself on what really matters when it comes to losing weight and, more importantly, what doesn’t!
Calories Are Bad
A common misconception is that calories are bad and that the more calories something has, the more fattening it is and the more weight you will gain. This isn’t necessarily true. Every food has calories in varying amounts. A ‘calorie’ is actually a unit of energy. In nutrition, calories are the amount of energy consumed through eating and drinking. Calories are fuel for your body like gasoline is fuel for a car. Counting calories can be an effective form of weight loss. To lose weight, you must simply burn off, either through exercise or through natural processes, more calories than you consume per day. However, not everything is about calories. Calories don’t tell you how much sugar, fat, or other ingredients are in a food, nor how healthy that food is. For example, both a sizable spinach salad and a slice of pizza have around 300 calories. Guess which one is better for you.
Carbs Are the Devil
Thanks to the Atkins diet and other popular fads, carbs have gotten a bad rap. However, carbohydrates by themselves do not lead to weight gain. Eaten in the right quantities and as a part of a balanced diet, carbohydrates are not only delicious but good for you and help to keep you full. Try to opt for “complex carbs” such as whole grains, brown rice, etc. that are rich in fiber and keep your body’s metabolism active.
It Takes Too Much Exercise
As most bodybuilders will tell you, the body is built in the kitchen not in the gym! The formula for losing weight is basic: ingest fewer calories than you burn. The best way to lose weight is through a healthy diet. If you monitor what you eat, both in quantity and quality, you will naturally lose weight. That said, exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle and will hasten the process of losing weight. Adults should aim to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
It's Too Expensive to Eat Well
Though it may seem that healthier foods are more expensive than unhealthy ones, it’s actually quite easy to eat healthily on a budget. You don’t necessarily need to spring for organic or free-range in order to get healthy. Opt for lean proteins, grains, vegetables, fruits, and other produce over frozen entrees or pre-made food. These can often be found for less, especially at local markets and similar places.
Diet Pills Are the Best Option
There are many claims for “amazing” products in the diet industry, but the fact is that you don’t need any of these products to lose weight. The only thing you need is a good diet and some exercise. Period.
Low Fat and No Sugar – The Magic Formula
Products that are marked “low fat,” “reduced fat,” “no sugar” and so on may seem promising but are actually counter productive. The low fat trend is a vestige left from the 1990s. Most low-fat foods are stuffed with sugar to add flavor to replace the missing fat, leading to weight gain, especially in the belly area. Sugar-free products seem alluring, but the artificial sweeteners used in them have harmful ingredients and chemicals that can have negative effects on your body in the long term.
Don't Fall For the Miraculous
Most of us understand that there is no miracle solution to any problem. Weight loss is no exception. When you're tempted to try something that seems too good to be true, remember that is probably is. Common sense and a little research will serve you far better than jumping on something that offers empty promises in exchange for your hard-earned money. Deep down, you know it's not going to work. Stick with proven, healthy weight loss methods and you'll eventually get to your goal. Good luck and good health!
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