Myth: Skipping a meal
is a good way to lose weight
The truth: You
would think that skipping a meal would cause you to lose weight because you are
eating fewer calories, but that’s not the case. When you skip a meal, it slows
your body’s metabolism. Instead of using your fat and carbs for energy, your
body will turn to muscle, and you’re more likely to just eat more at your next
meal to make up for the one you skipped.
Myth: Low-fat and
fat-free foods are lower in calories and are better than the full fat versions
The truth: Low-fat
and fat-free foods are not necessary fewer calories than full fat versions of
foods. A lot of times they are the same in calories, or can even be more. These
foods will add carbs and sugars to their foods to make up for the fat. If you
want to lose weight, you need to check the calories along with the fat content.
Not just one or the other.
Myth: If you want to
lose weight, you should focus mainly on cardio
The truth: While
your body does need cardio to burn calories, you also need to try some weight
training in order to turn your fat into muscle. If you are constantly doing the
same workout, your body will eventually become immune to the workout and your
weight loss will hit a standstill. Instead try a variety of exercises in your
Myth: You shouldn’t
snack between meals
The truth: Most
people think that snacking is a bad thing because of the types of snacks that
most people go for. And yes, when you dive into a bag of potato chips snacking
is definitely on the track to not losing weight. But when you eat healthy
snacks, like fruits or vegetables, it can keep you from overeating at your next
Myth: Carbs are
terrible for you
The truth: Carbs
are your body’s main source of energy, so cutting them out completely is a big
no-no. You just have to watch out for simple carbs, like sugar and high
fructose corn syrup. Because these are the carbs that most people eat, when
they eliminate them from their diet, they see results. Instead, try sticking to
fruits and other healthy carbs, like fiber, to keep your fuel source pumping.
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Weight loss can be tough, especially when you’re falling into the trap of loss myths. The most important thing to do when you’re trying to lose weight (and you’ve already talked to your doc about it—this is important!) is to find out the truth, and not give into popular trends. We’ve busted some common myths about losing weight and working out. Check ‘em out.