The Top 10 Myths About Weight Loss

The Top 10 Myths About Weight Loss

by Stephanie Meadows
There is a ton of information that can be found on the internet about weight loss. Although, some of this information can be accurate there are so many myths and misrepresentations floating around.
There's a bevy of health advice available online, on TV, and even from friends and family. Unfortunately, along with the good, a lot of bad information is out there. Sometimes it's not easy to tell the difference between fact and fiction, and diet health myths are no exception. Here are 10 myths about weight loss, as believing them can be detrimental to your health if not dispelled.

Myth 1: Weight Loss Diets Work
This isn’t breaking news, as doctors know that yo-yo and crash dieting is linked to heart disease, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, inflammation, and, ironically, gaining more weight. These ineffective treatments are still pushed on you, insisting they will make you not only thinner, but also healthier. In reality, 97 percent of dieters regain everything they lost. Many fad and program diets do not work, but exercise combined with healthy eating does.

Myth 2: Carbs Make You Fat:
Refined carbs such as sugar and grains are invariably linked to weight gain, but low-carb diets are very effective for weight loss. Carbs are not what causes obesity in the first place, where more emphasis should be placed upon sugar consumption and what has or creates sugar.

Myth 3: Losing Weight is a Linear Process: 

Losing weight is a different process for everyone, and it is not linear (meaning a straight line or script of events), as losing weight can take a long time, and weight tends to fluctuate up and down by a few pounds.

Myth 4: Supplements Can Help You Lose Weight:
There are all sorts of different supplements out there that claim to have dramatic effects, but they are never very effective when studied. Most supplements for weight loss are completely useless. The best ones can help you lose a few pounds, at most.

Myth 5: Fat Makes You Fat:
Body fat is stored fat. So, eating more fat should make us store more of it. It seems logical, however, it turns out that things aren’t this simple. There is nothing uniquely fattening about fat, except that it is often found in calorie-dense junk foods. If the calories you consume are within range, fat does not make you fat. More research will tell you that there are different types of fats, also, with good fats found in some healthy foods.

Myth 6: Fast Food is Always Fattening:
Fast food chains are in the process of trying to make their menu choices healthier, such as Chipotle. In other words, fast food does not have to be unhealthy or fattening.

Myth 7: I must Spend Hours a Day in a Gym to Lose Weight:
The problem with taking advice from people is that we often take advice from people who have achieved the result we want, even if they don’t know how they did it or did it through unhealthy means. Take it one day at a time, 30 minutes is good enough if that is what you can do. 

Myth 8: All “Calories” Are Equal:
Not all calorie sources have the same effects on health and weight. For example, protein can increase metabolism, reduce appetite and improve the function of weight-regulating hormones.

Myth 9: Cleanse your body to get rid of toxins:
The liver, kidneys, and the colon are all involved in processing nutrients and removing excess waste. Any weight loss experienced by detoxing is short lived, as you will most likely be reducing your calorie intake as well.

Myth 10: Low fat labels are always the best choice:
Read all the labels carefully before buying anything. Foods labeled “low-fat” might contain less fat than the full-fat version, but sometimes only marginally.

If you are in doubt about what you’re hearing about weight loss being a myth or not, and have questions that need to be answered, call SynergenX Health at (281) 362-5580 to request an appointment.