Top 5 Common Weight Loss Myths – Know the Facts!

A few days ago, I was going through a report on side effects of faulty measures adopted by people in the hope to lose weight. People who skipped meals, followed crash diets or fad diets suffered from insomnia, stress, headaches, weakness, fatigue and to top it all they lost very little or no weight at all. So I thought of compiling a list of most common weight loss myths and the real truth behind them.

Myth: Crash diets are a healthy way of losing weight

Fact: Crash diets will help you in losing weight but only for a short duration. The day you start eating your normal diet you will put on all the kilos you lost during your crash dieting phase. When you start eating very less food it is obvious that you will lose fat. However, along with the fat you will also lose lean muscles and tissues due to crash dieting. Not only will you feel fatigued out but you will also lose interest in studies or work. The most effective weight loss is gradual, so that your body can adapt to the shift.

Myth: Skipping meals specially breakfast will help in weight loss

Fact: Your body has a tendency to eat more after every skipped meal. Skipping meals especially breakfast may feel like the simplest way of weight loss without any exercise but the human body is intended to have healthy nutritional diet in various servings during the day. People who skip meals tend to eat just one meal in a day, typically dinner. Such an eating pattern overwhelms the body with more than required calories during night, and with no physical activities to burn them off your body becomes sluggish and unhealthy.

Myth: Only low fat foods are crucial to weight loss

Fact: Eliminating fat from your diet altogether will make your body weak and weaken your immune system. Low fat foods help in weight loss; however, your body requires a balanced diet. Your body requires some fat in the diet to perform daily activities, do not eliminate them altogether. Moreover, if you switch to a low fat diet you might overeat thinking that you will not put on any weight. Gorging, even if on low fat, results in going beyond your everyday calorie limit which will again cause weight gain and may inculcate a sense of failure in you.

Myth: Working out on an empty stomach will burn more calories

Fact: When you exercise on an empty stomach your body utilises the energy saved up in your muscles and not fat. You may be under the impression that during workout your body will use up the fat in your body for energy, but, the constitution of human muscles is so much less complicated to use that the body makes use of it if no other energy source is easily usable. Eating maybe just a fruit before working out ensures that your body actually burns the fat and not the muscles.

Myth: You can lose fat from certain areas of your body with specific exercises

Fact: The answer is a big NO – you cannot lose fat from specific areas in your body, you can only tone the muscles of that area. If you do exercises pertaining to a specific body part, it will definitely better the appearance of that area by toning up the muscles. However, it is not in your hands to decide where the fat will come off from. Do not put all your weight loss efforts on that one sole part. Your intention should be complete physical fitness, which will bit by bit take the fat off from that problem area.

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If you'd like to share other weight loss myths or would like to ask your questions about weight loss, please do so in the comments below.

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23 thoughts on “Top 5 Common Weight Loss Myths – Know the Facts!

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  • July 25, 2009 at 9:12 am

    i cannot agree less more with you on this point about spot reduction. The gyms offering hip reduction or thigh weight loss are just stealing money. I lost several thousands just because of them. They just never work, I lost lot of weight, but no major loss from my problem area.

  • July 25, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I meant i totally agree with you in the first line.

  • July 25, 2009 at 9:16 am

    You are so right about the last myth about spot reduction. Gyms offering packages on hip reduction or thigh weight loss are totally fake. It does not help. I lost lot of money and just few inch from my problem area.

  • July 26, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Well written, Mansi. Regards, Puneet

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    These weight loss myths seem helpful in my weight loss goal! Great post!

  • May 12, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Myths : Skipping meals specially breakfast will help in weight loss which is not true while breakfast is best form of nutritional food available for doing hard work.

  • February 8, 2011 at 6:00 am

    skipping the meals will cause many health effects to your body like weakness, stress, insomia, fatigue and much more… consult your physician before taking any steps for weight loss as you have to reduce the weight without hurting your body

  • February 14, 2011 at 11:23 am

    According to me, the best way to lose weight is by eating low calorie foods, exercising regularly and staying away from fatty and junk food. No point in exercising if you cant leave you burgers. It should start with the mind and your will power should be strong enough. Good post and the myths have been busted indeed.

  • February 17, 2011 at 5:23 am

    And the one more fact : Research shows that people who follow a vegetarian eating plan, on average, eat fewer calories and less fat than nonvegetarians. They also tend to have lower body weights relative to their heights than nonvegetarians. Choosing a vegetarian eating plan with a low fat content may be helpful for weight loss. But vegetarians—like nonvegetarians—can make food choices that contribute to weight gain, like eating large amounts of high-fat, high-calorie foods or foods with little or no nutritional value.

  • February 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    To achieve weight loss, it first essential to train your mind to the utmost level. Everything comes from our will power, even loss of weight. People should first go on a low calorie diet and drink lots of water. Its important to lose weight because the more fat you gain the more problems you will encounter in the future. Please take care of your health at any cost.

  • March 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Very informative post, go for natural weight loss all the way. Health is wealth!

  • August 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing this kind of post to all of us…

  • August 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Weightloss is not easy and they need a lot of requirements…

  • September 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Very good post!
    I loved the “You can reduce inches from certain areas of your body by specific exercises”. A lot of people think it’s true, but it’s a very big myth.
    Keep posting =D

  • September 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Can I just say … again! … that this was an amazing article! , inspiringly brilliant weight-loss … but! No point in exercising if you cant leave you burgers.

  • September 30, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing this lovely post. Very useful. But loosing weight is not an easy task . And the best and most effective way is going to the gym!

  • October 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I agree.I did crash diet and it’s making me weak at all.I’m always stressed and it’s hard for me to get some sleep.Glad I found your site,Thank you for giving this out.

  • June 23, 2012 at 12:09 am

    First, re-evaluate your goals. Are they realistic Do you have to adjust the time to get to your ideal goal What is your ultimate goal What’s an OK objective What’s healthy Maybe you have to change the time frame. That’s OK. An extra week or month or two months might be a much better choice for your objective to obtain to those washboard ab muscles.

  • February 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I like the helpful information you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and test again here regularly. I’m slightly sure I will learn a lot of new stuff right right here! Good luck for the next!

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