Top 4 Dieting Myths
With some many ineffective weight loss programs and “magic” weight loss pills on the market today, it can be hard to determine what works and what doesn’t.
Falling for a weight loss myth can lead to wasted time and effort in the gym and kitchen. This article will discuss the top four dieting myths and help you avoid them.
So read on to learn how to boost your progress and increase your efficiency in the gym!
Perhaps one of the biggest, most inaccurate myths I have heard is that fat loss supplements will help you lose “x amount of weight in just 1 month!”. These supplements have done a great job marketing their products to people desperate enough to believe their lies.
Truth be told, many of these products don’t work. In a world where we expect drugs to fix everything and progress to be immediate, these supplement companies thrive. After all, who could resist the temptation to lose 10 pounds in just one week? It is certainly hard not to give in.
There is a simpler solution for weight loss though – eat less and move more. What many people don’t understand is that weight loss depends on your calorie intake and output. If you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. Don’t fall victim to false advertising – just clean up your diet and exercise more!
The second dieting myth I hear all the time is that carbohydrates will make you fat. Contrary to popular belief, your body needs carbohydrates to survive! Carbs provide your body with the energy it needs to function during the day.
People get in trouble when they consume too many carbs for their goals and body weight. Ideally, around 40% of your total calories should come from carbohydrates. These carbohydrates should be complex and come from natural sources – for example: sweet potatoes, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, quinoa, fruits, vegetables, and bran are all good sources of complex carbohydrates.
One of the silliest dieting myths is that anything you eat after 8pm will be stored as body fat. While it is a good idea to limit what you eat late at night (as it is usually unhealthy food), eating after 8pm will not make you fat.
As I mentioned, weight gain depends on how many calories you eat versus how many you burn each day. If you consume all of your calories after 8pm, you body will use them all as energy (as long as you have burned that many during the day).
Your body does not know what time of day it is (in the sense of using calories for energy), and it will not say, “oh, its after 8pm everything that comes into my stomach is now going to turn to fat”.
Last but not least, you need to realize that fad diets do not work. The myth that these can help boost your weight loss and get you on the right track is false – as many studies have shown that people go back to their old ways after 1-2 months on a fad diet.
Think of your weight loss as a total lifestyle change. Educate yourself and think critically – these will be your two greatest tools during your weight loss journey!