You’re trying to lose weight, but the pounds are still there? Then, you should stop believing in or practicing these 3 weight loss myths.
Solving your weight loss problems brings tangible benefits for your health. However, one of the things that hinders this process are some persistent weigh loss myths, which in spite of numerous advice’s against them, are still used.
According to Dr. Frank Lipman (founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York and author of many New York Times-bestselling books) these are the three most common myths about weight loss, along with opinions on why you should not use them:
Myth 1 – Everything is in the calorie count
True: Being overweight can not be lost merely counting and reducing calories.
The idea of counting calories as a way to slim down is quite outdated. If you depend on a calculator to save you, then you focus on the wrong approach. Some people may find a sense of control that results from counting calories, but for most it becomes neurotic habit from which you lose sight of the health benefits of the foods you consume.
On the other hand, if you stop consuming processed foods and sugars and simply focus on fresh whole foods (including lots of vegetables and animal protein) there is no need for counting calories. Nutrients, fiber, healthy fats and protein will keep your stomach full and your blood sugar at a stable level, without exceeding your maximum daily calorie intake.
Conclusion: Forget about counting calories and focus on the quality of the food on your plate. More fresh whole foods also means less body weight.
Myth 2 – To lose weight you need to exercise a lot!
True: Exercise has many benefits, but weight loss is not necessarily one of them.
Most of us are still convinced that exercising to the point of exhaustion is the key to weight loss. While exercise is a key part of maintaining health and has a number of advantages, the idea of burning calories through exercise is still firmly rooted in our “calories-in-calories-out” mentality. But over time, depriving our body of calories can slow down our metabolism and cause – more kilograms.
Chronic exhaustion from exercising can raise the body’s production of the cortisol, also known as stress hormone, and make weight loss more difficult. Instead, it is important to exercise smarter to maintain hormone balance. Yoga and exercise of moderate intensity are probably the wisest choice.
Conclusion: This doesn’t mean that exercising is bad for you. Regular exercise is fantastic for your entire body, including strengthening the heart, maintaining healthy blood pressure, improving mood and hormone balancing. So, keep it moving! Just do not overdo it.
Myth 3 – If you consume everything in moderate amount, you will lose weight
True: Moderation is not always the right solution.
Everything in moderate amount is a nice idea, but for most people, this strategy simply will not work in the case of sugars and refined carbohydrates. Moderation is particularly bad strategy for controlling sugar intake for those who have a weight problem, high blood sugar or insulin resistance. The best thing to beat the desire for sweets, as with any other addiction, is to be radical and completely avoid sugar consumption.
Studies have shown that eating sweets activates the same pleasure centers in the brain as well as the consumption of heroin. We not consume sugar because we like it, but because we are caught in the insidious cycle of dependency. However, the good news is, if you stop to feed your desire for sweets, you will be surprised how quickly it disappears (most often within a few weeks).
Conclusion: While abstinence may work with some people without weight problems or blood sugar, it still is not a recipe for a healthy diet. This approach does not provide enough healthy foods rich in essential nutrients, neither “ejects” the bad food we should steer clear of.