Weight loss is difficult because there is an overload of information on ‘healthy food’ and ‘weight loss tips’ that promise to give results.
Weight loss advice is often doled out on social media and other unreliable mediums and trusting such advice may harm your health in the long run and also make you gain weight, instead of helping you lose it!
It is essential to lose weight in a healthy way as crash diets and faulty weight loss advice can mess with your metabolism as well as the quality of your hair and skin.
However, there are certain weight loss diet tips that we all have internalised as healthy, but which are in fact myths that we all should stop believing in.
Staying away from these weight loss myths will not only help you lose weight in an efficient manner, but will also ensure that you stay healthy in the long run.
Here’s 6 weight loss ‘myths’ you need to stop believing:
1. Weight loss myth: Skipping meals is good
It is good for your metabolism to eat proper meals of the day and a good metabolism is key to quicker weight loss. Skipping breakfast is especially bad for your weight loss goals so watch what is on your plate, but never skip any meal.
2. Weight loss myth: Sugar free products are better
Artificial sweeteners and weight loss are often linked together. But studies have shown that by consuming products with artificial sweeteners in them, you are probably consuming as many calories as you are with regular products. Sugar substitutes have the potential to decrease your calorie intake but they are no guarantee.
3. Weight loss myth: All carbohydrates are bad
Carbohydrates have got a bad rapport among people wanting to lose weight- this why low-carb diets have become very popular. But carbohydrates from whole grains and fruits are important for a healthy body and mind. Moreover, removing one full food group from your diet is not good for weight loss as it is not sustainable and people tend to cheat more often on low carb diets.
4. Weight loss myth: Raw food is better than cooked food
Raw foods have gained traction over the years and have ultimately been associated with weight loss as well. But cooked foods are more nutritious than raw foods as cooking activates the nutrients in the food and makes them readily available for absorption by the body.
5. Weight loss myth: Stay away from all fats
Not all fats are bad- some may even help you in weight loss! Consuming polyunsaturated fats can actually help your body burn more fat. Therefore, consuming foods like olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, egg yolks, nuts may help in weight loss.
6. Weight loss myth: Break your meals into smaller portions
It is a common myth that breaking your meal up in smaller portions makes you eat lesser calories. But in fact, what matters more is the total calorie count, whether you eat three meals or six smaller meals.
The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are. —Maxime Lagacé