5 popular weight loss myths debunked.

5 popular weight loss myths debunked.

Have you been loyal to weight loss rules, but the weighing scale still won’t move?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions out there that may be throwing a barrier between you and your weight loss goals. Thin dreams and unfulfilled promises dominate the weight industry.
Every dieter, trainer, and “expert” seems to have his or her own pet theories about what “works” or “doesn’t work”. These myths not only prevent people from achieving their goals but also lead to pernicious effects on the dieters who believe them.


If you want to lose weight safely and sustainably, you should know the truth about these 5 popular weight loss myths.


The more calories you cut, the better.



Many people believe that cutting down to 1250, 1000, or even fewer calories per day will yield rapid weight loss. Unfortunately, the negative effects of a low calorie diet will outpace any of its meager gains.

On the other hand, restricting calories will slow down the metabolism of your body, leading to fewer calories burned per day, thereby decreasing the calorie deficit. On the other hand, cutting calories so low will undoubtedly lead to the pangs of starvation and deprivation; this is a recipe for “cheating” on the program and even giving up altogether!


Losing weight means you will be healthier.



While losing weight does offer a lot of health benefits, it does not follow that healthy weights mean healthy bodies.

Someone who is skinny may still eat a poor diet and fail to exercise. This lifestyle can contribute to many different health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, metabolic disease, and malnutrition.

You should never sacrifice a balanced diet and an active lifestyle for the “cosmetics” of weight loss.


If you are overweight, you lack willpower.


As reported by MadBiceps.Com, this is a dangerous myth because it lays blame on the “victim” and does not account for the many factors that contribute to weight gain.

In fact, recent research shows that human willpower is finite and exhaustible.

If you want to lose weight, you need to rely less on your willpower and more on gradual and sustainable changes in your lifestyle, changes that do not require you to constantly battle your desires and cravings.

This is where habits come in – the more habits, or “rituals,” that you build into your life, the less you will need to rely on your imperfect will.


It is possible to lose five, ten or more pounds per week.



This is utter marketing hype. If you ever achieve this kind of weight loss, your progress would be illusory: you would be losing mostly water and the losses would not be sustainable.

Healthy and permanent weight loss proceeds at a rate of 1-3 pounds per week.

Your weekly losses will depend on your activity level, current weight, and diet. All that matters is that the scale reading decreases every week.

Don’t treat your body worse than you treat your car. Your car needs the right fuel, exercise and maintenance to be reliable and get you where you want to be – does your body deserve any less?

Be sure you’ve got accurate and up to date information when you’re making decisions about your fitness so that you’re advancing toward your goals, rather than retreating from them.



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Published by Daniel Sepp

Daniel Sepp is a popular health care expert who has been writing about healthy living and weight loss for more than 5 years. You can find his articles at MadBiceps.Com and many other popular online magazines.

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