If you’re trying to lose weight, you’ve probably heard some of these myths about weight loss. But here’s the real scoop on each one:
Myth 1: You can exercise your way to weight loss.
The first myth we’re going to dispel is the idea that you can exercise your way to weight loss. This is a common misconception because it seems like an easy solution: run more and eat less! But many people fail to keep this up long enough for it to work, and the results are disappointing when they do. There’s no magic bullet for weight loss, so don’t try to find one in exercise.
Exercise is important for overall health—and it may help you lose weight if you combine it with healthy eating habits—but if your goal is losing weight specifically, then you’ll also need to focus on your food choices as well as your physical activity level.
Myth 2: Carbs are the enemy.
Myth 2: Carbs are the enemy.
Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs) that your body needs to survive. They are essentially broken down sugars that provide energy for the body. You can find them in a variety of sources, including fruits, vegetables and grains. While the science around carbohydrate consumption is still being debated, it’s important to remember that carbohydrates are not “bad.” In fact, they’re an essential part of a healthy diet because they provide us with energy! Carbohydrates also help keep you full longer so you don’t overeat during meals throughout your day. Plus they contain fiber which helps regulate digestion as well as lowers bad cholesterol levels in our blood stream!
If you want to go low carb but still want nutritious options try replacing white breads/pastas with whole wheat versions or making more complex carb choices such as sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes (they have more nutrients!).
Myth 3: ‘Clean’ eating is a cure-all.
Clean eating is a popular trend in the health and fitness world. It’s not a diet, but rather a lifestyle that requires you to make smart food choices based on whole foods—fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and other healthy ingredients that haven’t been processed or refined.
But while clean eating can be beneficial (more on this below), it doesn’t have magical powers that will lead to weight loss or health improvements. Here’s why:
Myth 4: Health food is always expensive.
Myth 4: Healthy food is expensive.
Not true! Many people assume that healthy foods are more expensive, but you can find great deals if you look for them. The key is to get creative and know where to shop. Consider a few of these strategies:
- Shop sales and coupons at local farmers markets or grocery stores that offer discounts on healthy products. Some grocery stores even offer cash back incentives for buying certain products in bulk quantities!
- Buy generic brands when possible; they’re often cheaper than name brand items with equivalent nutritional value (and taste).
- Buy in bulk when possible—this will save money because you don’t have to pay for packaging materials, which often make up a large portion of the cost of packaged goods like cereal boxes or canned soups packed with preservatives.
Myth 5: Calorie counting is the key.
Calorie counting is not the key to weight loss. Counting calories can be a useful tool, but with so many factors influencing your body, it’s not something you want to rely on as your main strategy.
It’s important to have a balanced diet and eat enough protein, fibre and other nutrients that help keep you energized throughout the day.
Myth 6: Supplements are the answer.
While supplements can be helpful for weight loss, they are not a replacement for a healthy diet. Supplements should be used as part of an overall strategy to achieve your weight loss goals and maintain your health. They may not work as effectively if you don’t follow the recommended dosage or schedule, so always consult with your doctor before taking any supplements.
Myth 7: Clean your gut and lose weight easily.
The gut and its microbiome have a lot to do with weight loss, but there are still no proven ways to clean your gut and lose weight. That’s because it’s not all about the bacteria. “People think that if they change their diet, the bacteria in their gut will change,” says Dr. David Katz, director at Yale University Prevention Research Center. “But that’s not what happens.”
The good news is that maintaining a healthy diet can help keep your microbiome balanced and happy—which in turn can aid your weight loss efforts. So while you might not be able to shed pounds by washing away all those nasty microbes inside you (and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise), eating right sure won’t hurt anything!
There’s no silver bullet for weight loss, but there are some healthy habits you can follow to make it easier to shed pounds
One thing we know for sure is that there’s no silver bullet for weight loss. However, there are some healthy habits you can follow to make it easier to shed pounds:
- Exercise and diet
It’s important to maintain a consistent and healthy exercise routine, as well as follow a nutritious diet. You may want to take up running or yoga classes, or join a gym so that you’re accountable for showing up each day (and can use the equipment). Some people prefer working out in their homes—these options include swimming laps in a pool or cycling on an indoor stationary bike. It’s also helpful to plan meals ahead of time so that you’re less likely to eat unhealthy foods when hunger strikes. If you have trouble sticking with an exercise program, consider finding someone who has experienced similar challenges and ask her/him how they overcame them (like my friend Michelle trying out Zumba classes when she first moved here).
- Sleep & stress reduction
Getting enough sleep is crucial if you want your body’s metabolism rate remain high while losing weight; otherwise it becomes harder than usual at burning calories during the day since our bodies require rest from activity levels over long periods of time such as overnight hours where our organs regenerate themselves after exerting energy throughout waking hours during workdays/school days plus weekends too! Getting adequate sleep helps keep metabolism levels high all week long without needing extra effort from yourself which would otherwise cause stress levels rise due lack thereof because then must work harder than before getting extra rest needed earlier during night hours only!!
Weight loss is a complicated process, and it’s not something that can be achieved overnight. But if you’re struggling with your weight and are looking for some tips to make things easier, we hope our list has been helpful! Remember that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to losing weight. If you’re feeling discouraged about how much progress you’ve made—or haven’t made—don’t give up hope. It may take time before your health goals come into focus, but they will come eventually if you keep working at them. Good luck!