When it comes to weight loss there are innumerable things you’ll hear from your friends, family and colleagues. Some common sayings everyone seems to toss around is stop snacking, cut out carbs etc. Are they really true?
Below are a few myths to help clear off the air and give you a clear picture of what to be sure of. Moreover, don’t get carried away when you see ads like ‘Look great in two weeks’ or ‘50% weight reduction in 15 days else your money is back’ because these are all nothing but money making tricks.
- Eating less is the only way to lose weight – False! A sudden reduction in the calories you eat while starving yourself is not a long term solution. It is obvious that if you take in more calories than you burn both through daily routine and in exercise on a regular basis; over time you will gain weight. So it might seem logical that by eating less you will lose weight. However, in this process it is more essential to see the calorie count rather than the quantity of one meal. So while eating smaller quantities is beneficial for weight loss, it is also important to consider the type of foods you eat. It is therefore necessary to look at the composition of what you are consuming.
- All Carbohydrates are bad – Wrong! Carbs are the body's primary energy source, and they are a crucial part of any healthy diet. Eating a diet rich in carbohydrates doesn't necessarily cause weight gain. But eating too much of the wrong ones can. In fact, complex carbohydrates are considered as good since they are made up of longer series of sugars which take more time to break down. This in turn provides the body more even amount of energy without affecting weight. Therefore by choosing lower glycemic index carbohydrates you are eating healthy stuff. There is no need to eliminate carbs but just be sensible in choosing the right ones.
- Snacking is a bad idea – This is not at all true. Just like choosing the right carbs one must choose the right snacks while on a weight loss diet. Opt for nutritious foods instead like a fruit or a handful of nuts instead of diving into a bag of chips or munching on candy bars when you are hungry. If you snack on something healthy that leaves you feeling full and provides important nutrients, snacking is good in this case.
- Single food diets are the most effective ones – Wrong. You must have heard of diets wherein you are asked to cut out certain foods groups altogether, such as meat, fish, wheat or dairy products. But, cutting them out completely could prevent you from getting the important nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to function properly.
- Fad diets are the best way to lose weight – Not at all. The quick weight loss programs are just a money making thing. It might sound like a good idea but gradually it’ll prove to be more harmful. The majority of the weight you drop when you lose weight too quickly tends to be the water weight. This can lead to rapid dehydration.
- Skipping meals is a good way to lose weight – Skipping meals is likely to trip your body into famine mode as your body isn't getting enough nourishment. It therefore begins to store fat. Your metabolism also slows down to reserve energy. This is termed as the ‘starvation mode’. You might seem to lose some weight, but when this happens you generally end up eating a lot more later on in the day.
The healthy way to lose weight is to make permanent changes in the way you eat and exercise. A few small alterations in the lifestyle can help you lose fat and maintain a healthy weight.