4 Common Myths About Weight Loss That Might Surprise

4 Common Myths About Weight Loss

The internet is full the internet is of bad weight loss advice.

From those dangerous fad diets, to ridiculous calorie-counting systems, to outrageous exaggerations, to complete and utter lies…

The internet is full of awful health advice.

So today, I want to dispel four common myths about weight loss.

Grab your pen and notebook, because these are things you need to know:

To begin, let’s start with…

(1) A Calorie Is a Calorie

If you’re referring to the scientific measurement of energy, then you would be correct. All calories represent the same unit of measuring energy.

But when it comes to the calories we consume, the source of those calories is just as important as the total number of them.

Our bodies, for example, process fat and protein calories differently than, say, carbohydrates. So no, a calorie isn’t a calorie when it comes to nutrition.

(2) Gaining Weight Is Bad

Sure, in the grand scheme of things, the objective is to lose weight.

But what about when you step on the scale and — despite regular diet and exercise — you’ve actually gained a pound or two?

Relax.

Slight fluctuations are normal.

Weigh in once every two weeks or once a month to get a more accurate look at the bigger picture.

(3) Genetics Have Nothing to Do With It

Ever heard someone blame obesity on genetics?

Many so-called health gurus are quick to dismiss these claims… as if biology (and psychology) have nothing to do with our weight gain or loss.

The bottom line is that our genetics have a lot to do with our body shapes and sizes, and studies repeatedly prove this.

Heck, genetics even play a major role in terms of whether or not you’re at risk for diabetes.

Now, that isn’t to say that we should use genetics as an excuse to remain obese if there is something to be done about it.

But don’t kid yourself — our bodies may never look like the model on the magazine cover, no matter how hard we  try.

(4) Snacking Between Meals Makes You Fat

This is utter nonsense.

If anything, eating smaller portions more often throughout the day helps to keep your metabolism steady and your energy levels even.

It comes down more to what you’re snacking on that the frequency at which you eat.

Eating two or three large meals a day, if anything, is more likely to cause you to gain weight compared with eating five or six smaller meals.

What Other Common Myths Have You Heard?

Post them for me in the comments below.

But bottom line?

Let’s be a force for good in the online world.

Mis-information about health, wellness, diet, and nutrition is rampant on the Internet.  Speak with a health care professional and plan the best diet for you depending on what your needs, body type, or health issues you have.

 

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