Understanding the difference between myth and fact is always a good thing, especially in terms of health-related topics such as fast weight loss. Let’s debunk a few of the numerous weight loss myths out there to help you stay healthy while shedding pounds:
Myth: Certain Foods Burn Fat
It’s not that certain foods, such as celery and grapefruit, burn fat, it’s that they help increase metabolism. For best results, cut down on the number of calories you consume every day if trying to induce fast weight loss in for women.
Myth: Setting Ambitious Weight Loss Goals Is Best
Not true! While setting ambitious weight loss goals may work for some, it’s usually best to take diet and exercise one day at a time, and to set realistic goals. This prevents feelings of frustration and subsequent giving up.
Myth: You Can’t Enjoy Favorite Foods When Trying to Lose Weight
It’s entirely possible to savor favorite foods when on a diet so long as you burn more calories than you consume.
Myth: Exercise Won’t Help You Lose Weight
Recent “studies” claimed those who exercise regularly eat more to make up for it, and don’t lose weight as a result. This is a very misleading idea according to James Hill, the executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado.
“In the first place, many studies don’t use a high enough dose of exercise to promote weight loss,” he noted. “And secondly, exercisers do tend to compensate by eating more, but not enough to make up for all of the calories they burn up in exercise. They still create a negative energy balance and they still have an easier time losing weight and keeping it off than people who don’t exercise.”
Myth: “Low Fat” and “Nonfat” Mean Zero Calories
Many processed low or nonfat foods have as many calories if not more calories than their “regular” counterparts.