REAL Weight Loss

October 12, 2008

Weight Loss Myth Buster – 6 Myths BUSTED!

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There is plenty of inaccurate data going around the weight loss industry and many people who are getting on this platform and looking for ways to lose weight have fallen victim to such myths. Let us look at some of the most popular myths circulating on this industry.

Myth #1: Avoid Carbohydrates

This is perpetuated by the most famous high protein diets – the Atkins diet, South beach and a whole lot of other popular diets that promotes a diet rich in protein and low in carbohydrates. While such diets can produce significant weight loss in a short amount of time, the results are hardly long lasting and as soon as you start eating normally again, the weight comes plummeting back, even more than before!

Myth # 2: Genetics is the Biggest Factor

To a certain extent, genetics do play a role in determining your metabolic rate, but this doesn’t mean that your fate is sealed if you have obese parents and grandparents.

The most important factor in determining your success in any weight loss program is the number of calories you eat and the amount of physical activity you get in a single day. Genetics do play a role in determining how much calories you will burn, as those with slower metabolic rates may burn calories much slower than those who are active and have higher metabolic rates. But there are always ways you can rev up a slow metabolism so don’t ever use this excuse.

Myth # 3: Fat is to be avoided

Some people believe that cutting down on fat is necessary during a weight loss program. But the key to effective fat control is cutting down on the dangerous fats and increasing your intake of the good fat. At all costs, do avoid Trans fat and saturated fat and increase the intake of healthy fats such as polyunsaturated and Omega-3 that are abundant in foods like fish, olive oil, and avocados.

Myth # 4: Skipping meals

Skipping meals can lower your metabolism and makes it more difficult to lose weight. Regular meals are important, and what you need to do is to consume more of the foods which are good for you, which means more salads, vegetables, nuts and fruits! Snack on a large slice of juicy watermelon instead of reaching out for the next scoop of your favorite chocolate ice-cream!

Myth # 5: Avoid White Food

Contrary to popular beliefs, there are many “white” foods which

which may be good for you- pears, avocados, nuts-just to name a few and the key is that what counts is the nutrients contained on those foods, and not the color.

Myth # 6: Grapefruit Miracle

This is one myth that has no basis in reality. There is a group of individuals who are promoting grapefruit as a way to lose fat. In fact there is one small isolated research that states that there is a magic fat-burning enzyme that can help you lose weight simply by consuming this fruit. However the validity of these claims are yet to be questioned and whether the citrus industry played a role in funding those researches. Whilst there is no evidence of weight loss, grapefruits are rich in lycopene – a good source that can help provide care for cellular health which helps to prevent cancer and heart diseases.

So, there you have the top 6 myths of weight loss. Now that you have the knowledge to separate fact from fiction, the path to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle is open wide for you. Good luck in your weight loss goals!

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