There are a number of myths associated with weight loss. Weight loss is not a linear process and takes time. The weight loss journey is a long and difficult one and it can be very tricky and confusing as you get a lot of advice from all angles.
The fact of the matter is that weight loss is dependent on individual needs and goals. Each person’s weight loss story is different from another and the battle of the bulge is a hard one to conquer.
- A low carbohydrate is the best way to lose weight.
One of the most popular theories floating around is that a low carb diet is extremely essential to lose weight. Carbohydrates are extremely important for energy and a high carb diet inclusive of sweet potatoes, peas corn and legumes ,fruits ,oats, and yoghurt is more healthy than a low fibre diet . The types of carbohydrates are of utmost importance rather than the amount . Calorie restriction is more important than carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates do not cause obesity . It is a person’s metabolism and sensitivity to leptin that decides body weight.
2. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Breakfast kickstarts our metabolism but skipping it does not cause obesity. In general, people who start their day with breakfast tend to follow a healthy lifestyle. Also when you eat a meal early in the morning ,you feel satiated throughout the day and don’t tend to overeat .An average healthy person needs about 2000 to 2200 calories per day and how you divide your calories per meal is what is important. If a person likes to eat more calories for breakfast that is his individual choice. When you exceed the number of calories needed per day, it piles on the weight. So in reality ,there is no difference in weight if you skip your breakfast.
3. Green tea is good for weight loss.
There are numerous benefits of green tea as it is packed with antioxidants and helps the metabolism but there is no scientific research to prove that it causes weight loss. The impact of green tea is not as beneficial as other methods of weight loss such as exercise,cutting down on calories etc. when one tends to drink two or three cups of green tea it makes you feel fuller and hence avoid snacking so that cuts down on the calories and hence in that sense green tea may be effective. It is not a proven way to lose weight.
4. Supplements may help you to lose weight.
The health industry has grown by leaps and bounds . People have become health conscious and the pharmaceutical companies cash on this principle using clever marketing strategies. There is no shortcut to weight loss. Only a calorie deficit diet and physical exercise can cause weight loss. When you buy expensive supplements that claim to cause weight loss it plays on your psyche and you become more conscious of what you eat and hence the weight loss happens. Most supplements that claim weight loss are ineffective in the long run and increase toxicity in the body. Most of them are laxatives in some form and may damage the intestines if used for a prolonged time. There is no substitute to a healthy diet which is full of fibre ,nutrients, fruits and vegetables.
5. Extreme weight loss diets work.
A number of studies have proved that extreme dieting rarely works in the long run and about 85% of the people who are on some kind of a diet gain the weight back within a year. Most of the diets tend to cut off fats and carbohydrates totally and it is not possible to sustain such a diet for long. A healthy human body needs everything- fats ,proteins, carbs ,nutrients. So moderation is the key and an active lifestyle with moderate amount of physical activity is the key to weight loss.
When one embarks on a weight loss journey one must consult a good physician and a nutritionist who have the required skills to guide you. Weight loss is a long journey and patience and perseverance with healthy lifestyle choices is the only route to success.