10 Weight Loss Myths That You Thought Offered Real Benefits – Part 2

By Lura Peterson

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

5. Crash Diet Works

healthdietMyth Busted: No, it absolutely doesn’t. The fact is, you don’t just want to lose weight but also want to make sure you’re not risking your lives doing so. More importantly, you don’t want to regain all that weight as quickly as you’ve lost it. Crash diets need to be avoided like the plague. They do help you lose weight, but what crash diets actually do is they make you use up all the carbohydrate glycogen that’s stored in the body, which means your body loses a lot of water as well. The loss of water and carbohydrate glycogen makes you think your body’s burning a lot of fat, but the real reason for your weight loss lies elsewhere. What’s more, it also takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on your body. This is why you should stay away from it.

6. You put on the pounds, so you can lose them too

Myth Busted: If you’re piling on the pounds thinking your weight gain is temporary and you can lose all those pounds you’ve gained, you’ve got another thing coming. It’s easy to put on weight but you will find it very difficult to lose weight. Consumption of calories is easy, but burning them is really very difficult. What you are looking at when it comes to losing weight is a really sustained daily effort, and not everybody can pull off weight loss. There are so many people who just give up their battle to lose weight.

7. Exercise isn’t really important

Myth Busted: I know you are shocked, but this myth does do the rounds. The proponents of this myth are usually targeting people who want to lose weight but don’t want to put any effort into it. These people are couch potatoes who want to lose weight but shy away from exercising. All they are looking for, is a way of losing weight that won’t make them get off the couch. In such a scenario, all those “innovative” diet plans come to their “rescue”. Whether they succeed or not is anybody’s guess, but the truth is, if you want to lose weight, you will need to exercise.

8. “That Chocolate” is the reason for my weight gain

scaleMyth Busted: It’s not a bad idea to zero in on the reasons for your weight gain, but to put the blame for your gain on just one food alone isn’t right. Yes, if you’re addicted to chocolates or some other food, and you believe it’s the reason behind you putting on weight, cut its intake down. But more often than not, weight gain is a result of a combination of factors. Just one reason alone doesn’t cut it. The problem with laying the blame on just one food for your weight gain, means you think, cutting down on its intake will ensure you lose weight. But, as that particular food wasn’t the only factor responsible for weight gain, you will find yourself, unable to lose weight.

9. If it works for my friend it will work for me

Myth Busted: No it won’t. The needs of two individuals differ across a broad spectrum of preferences, likes and dislikes. So, if you’re fried is using the Atkins diet to control his weight, that doesn’t mean it will work for you too. So, it’s always advisable to make informed decisions regarding your weight loss efforts. Don’t follow a diet plan or an exercise routine blindly. Ensure that it’s something that is good for you and will help you achieve all your weight loss objectives successfully.

10. I know what’s good for me

Myth Busted: No, you don’t know what’s good for you with respect to weight loss. That’s because you’re neither an expert dietician nor a professional trainer. You need expert help for your weight loss efforts. You might think you have a nice idea of all that it will take to lose weight because of all that you have read up on it and the exercise videos you’ve watched on YouTube, but that’s just going to improve your knowledge. To know what’s actually good for you and what’s right, you need to talk to a professional.

These are the ten myths you really need to stay away from if you’re really serious about losing weight. But these are not the only myths doing the rounds. So, if you come across a tip, diet plan or an exercise regimen that claims it is a perfect pick for your weight loss efforts, get it vetted by experts. There is nothing like making an informed decision to beat your weight gain.

- Lura Peterson is associated with Top Mobility, a leading industrial mobility products manufacturing company.

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