Weight Loss Myths

There are numerous prevalent weight loss misconceptions that individuals believe in. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell what’s true and what’s not. Some are accurate, while others are absurd. For example, I once read that if you drink water at night, you will gain weight, or if you scratch your head too much, you will lose hair…

Myth #1:

My workout program should be more intensive as I lose weight.

Weight Loss Truth: While a strict workout regimen is fantastic, you should keep in mind that everyone has varying fitness levels and can manage different intensity levels. If you’ve been living a more or less sedentary lifestyle for a long time, a half-mile walk every day can be a good start. After walking half a mile, you notice you are exhausted and sweating profusely. On the other hand, a half-mile stroll may be done without breaking a sweat for someone active for many years. Everyone defines “intense” differently.

If an hour of exercise every day is too much for you, but you only have time for 20 minutes, then that 20 minutes will go a long way. It may not be “intense” by your definition, but those minor aerobic moments will have significant health impacts.

Myth #2:

Stress and weight growth do not mix.

Weight Loss Fallacy: Another “laughable” myth. 

Myth #3:

No need to restrict my food intake.

Sir Isaac Newton stated, “What goes up must come down.” Natural laws govern our lives. A ball thrown into the air will return to earth. You can sit on your couch and picture the ball staying in the air, but natural laws dictate that it will fall. The same applies to our weight.

This is a typical weight loss fallacy. It isn’t very sensible to expect that eating twinkies, chips, and doughnuts will keep your health and weight in check. Sure, you can exercise it off, but most people who eat junk food are probably not disciplined enough. I know a few folks who appear to be in good health on the surface yet have excessive cholesterol.

I’d apologize for breaking so many twinkie lovers’ hearts. You can consume junk food, pizza, burgers, etc. All those “soul-fulfilling meals” in moderation. Excess is never good.

Myth #4:

Skipping meals helps you lose weight.

Weight Loss Fact: Studies reveal that those who skip breakfast and eat less often are much heavier than those who have a decent nutritional breakfast and then 4-6 tiny meals. This might be because they grow hungry later in the day and tend to overeat at other meals.

Myth #5:

I won’t lose weight if I eat late

Weight Loss Truth: You might overeat throughout the day and not eat at night and gain weight. As is the fact that you can eat all day and yet gain weight. Balance is the key. Listen to your body if it tells you it’s hungry. The fact is that eating too much and not exercising causes weight gain, regardless of day. Whenever I am hungry at night, like with other meals, I try to choose something natural. Like fruits, vegetables, or a fruit smoothie. I EAT IT WITHOUT REMORSE when I want ice cream or something delicious. Obese people often live in remorse and humiliation. So I let myself some, but only in moderation.

Myth #6:

So I need to lose weight.

Weight Loss Fact: People who don’t feel accepted because they are obese aren’t accepted by themselves. How you think people see you is based on how you see yourself. I genuinely believe that mental fitness comes before physical fitness. I’ve felt these emotions before. That realization that I was ALREADY ENOUGH in God’s sight and didn’t need to prove myself to anyone or seek external affirmation for my value made all the difference. Your weight will never be an issue if you embrace and know that you are enough in God’s sight.

7th Fat Loss Myth

I need to reduce weight quickly.

Weight Loss Truth: Cutting calories may be beneficial if you constantly overeat. If you consume proportionately, decreasing calories may be harmful. Even if you “reduce calories” and “starve your body,” lowering calories will lower your metabolism, or slow it down, resulting in you not losing any weight.

Myth # 8:

Meal skipping helps me lose weight

Weight Loss Fact: Skipping meals may promote weight gain! You’ll get hungry and have to eat. This will throw your metabolism off and slow it down. Imagine a car running out of petrol (food). Our bodies require regular refueling.

Myth #9:

My family has a history of hereditary weight gain!

Can someone say E-X-C-U-S-E-S? There is no doubt that obese parents tend to have obese children, but I do not think that there is a “fat gene” or DNA. Our thoughts and values come from our family, especially those who reared us. Your opinions on food, money, religion, politics, and education stem from your upbringing. If you grew up eating and making fried foods, you may incline to do so throughout your life. If so, you may be a little chubby. It’s easy to blame your upbringing, but you can ALWAYS change.

Myth # 10:

It’s too complicated.

Weight Loss Fact: Eating healthily is easy once you become used to it. How frequently have you set a goal to “eat healthier” or “reduce weight”? You’re doing fantastic the first few days, eating items you wouldn’t ordinarily eat. Then, however, you reverted to your old routines and behaviors. You’ve had similar experiences outside of your health. It might be with money, job hunting, or relationships. Changing our brain’s habits takes time. Brain change is risky. 

Myth # 11:

Your favorite meals must go to reduce weight.

What would a world devoid of chocolate and pepperoni pizza look like? That would be a painful world!! On a serious point, I disagree with this idea. You can eat your favorite foods. Depriving oneself of this pleasure isn’t pleasant, and you’ll eat it anyhow. As previously said, moderation is crucial. If you enjoy steak, you should not eat it every day, but rather once or twice a week. Knowing me, I adore chicken wings with pizza. I’d eat it daily in an ideal world where I wouldn’t gain weight, and my arteries wouldn’t clog. But I know it’s not the best meal choice, so I only have it 2-3 times a month. I’m not giving up my favorite foods, just eating them in moderation to avoid gaining weight.

Myth # 12:

Hunger causes overeating.

Weight Loss Fact: Good try. If only “hunger” were to blame. It has nothing to do with your OVEREATING. It may be your body’s way of signaling you it’s time to “refuel,” but that doesn’t mean you should overeat. Many individuals overeat for many reasons. One is stress, despair, loneliness, anxiety, fear, and other negative feelings. Food may often be used to meet requirements. For example, if you are lonely and unhappy, eating may help you feel better. I’ve talked about this before, but suffice to say that hunger is NOT the cause of overeating.

Myth # 13:

Only fad diets work

Weight Loss Truth: Those “drastic diets” are only effective for rapid weight loss and weight gain once you come off them. Diets range from the “cookie diet” to “the water only diet”…. I’m pretty sure you can lose weight on these diets, but you’ll gain it all back plus more.

Myth # 14:

I’m too heavy and far gone to start now.

A long journey begins with one step. It’s normal to want fast results and even fear the road ahead, especially if you’re obese. The key is to make SMALL adjustments. Expecting perfection will lead to disappointment. On the other hand, you are never too far down the road to glimpse the sun……

Myth #15:

I’ve tried and failed countless times.

“Whether you think you can or not, you’re correct,” stated Henry Ford.

It’s 90% mentality, 10% getting up and doing stuff. You fall, get up, fall again, and get up. It’s time to try again if you’ve tried before. Discouragement is to weight loss what fried chicken is to a vegetarian.