Weight Loss Myths – And How To Avoid Them
There are many weight loss diet myths out there that, when it comes down to it, most are just complete lies.
The sad thing is, since we’re so busy nowadays, it’s hard for people to research every single thing that they’re told and they have to “shortcut” and believe the media every once in a while.
Without me going on and on about these lies, let’s explore two of these myths.
- Diet Tip Myth:
Eating only ‘reduced fat’ or ‘fat free foods’ will help you lose weight.This couldn’t be further from the truth. Often, fat free foods are actually NOT fat free. You see, the weight loss industry has been fooling consumers for a long time with this one.Surprised? You shouldn’t be.The next time you see a label that claims to be “99% Fat Free”, actually look at the label. You’ll often see that this really isn’t the case. You might find that there’s a total calorie content of 100 per serving, for example, while the fat calories are 80. This obviously isn’t 99% fat free.However, companies can get away with this because they say that something is “X”% fat free off of the total WEIGHTof the product.If a product has 75 grams of fat, for example, but there’s 2500 grams total product weight, they can claim to be 97% fat free.Often times, companies will just add water to products to make the weight different, even though they’re not reducing any of the fat content.
- Diet Tip Myth:
Following a stringent diet will help speed your metabolism up.
Most diet plans will actually hinder your weight loss efforts in the long term.For example, if you’re eating a low calorie or low carbohydrate diet, your body will adjust to that way of eating and expect for you to continue that way of life forever.When you eventually go to eat more, you’ll gain weight. If you decide to stay at that level of calories, you’ll have to do it for the rest of your life to even maintainyour weight, and you’ll likely stop losing weight after a while.So, beware of the dreaded Diet Tip. ;)
If you want to check out how to speed up your metabolism and continue to lose weight, one good weight loss method is calorie cycling. This helps you shift your calories so that you continuously “fool” your body and it can’t adjust to any set number of calories, hence not touching your metabolism adversely.
Rachel has lost 100 pounds herself, and is passionate about helping other people do it too. She has been featured in Woman’s World, among others.