Weight loss has become a huge scam run by the supplement companies and diet magazines that support them. There are countless myths out there, so I feel that this article is necessary because the truth needs to come out sooner or later – and the sooner the truth comes out the better. So here are 3 weight loss myths that you need to avoid if your goal is permanent, healthy weight loss.
Myth #1 – You can eat any type of salad because all salads are healthy.
This statement is both true and false. Many salads contain plenty of healthy ingredients like leafy greens and other vegetables, but there is also some unhealthy stuff that can be put into salads as well that you need to watch out for. In addition, not all salads are as low calorie as you think.
Some salads come loaded with certain types of cheeses, heavy dressing, croutons, fried chicken and even bacon. These foods are all obviously high in calories. Instead of consuming regular dressing on your salad, ask for a light dressing on the side and only put a couple of tablespoons on your salad. And instead of fried chicken, ask for a grilled chicken breast instead. As for the cheese, bacon and croutons, these foods are not necessarily unhealthy for you but since they are high in calories, you should only put a small amount of them on your salad as well.
I understand that you probably think that saturated fat & cholesterol are bad for you, but there is simply no truth to this myth. Bacon and cheese are fine to put on your salad – just don’t go overboard because the calories can rack up quickly. If your goal is to lose weight, this is obviously something you need to avoid.
Myth #2 – Utilizing a low carbohydrate diet will make me lose fat faster.
There is some truth to this, but there are also many other factors involved that you need to consider as well. The first thing you need to realize is that weight loss occurs because of one thing – a calorie deficit. So although you might be cutting out your carbs, if you’re not eating a calorie deficit each and every day then you will still not lose weight. In fact, you will gain weight on a low carb diet if you eat too much food (as with any diet). It’s a simple matter of calories in vs. calories out. Although cutting out your carbs might help slightly, it won’t make a difference in the world if your calories aren’t low enough.
Myth #3 – You can eat anything you want as long as you are on weight loss pills.
This is probably the worst myth of them all. Look at things from a logical perspective. How can a single weight loss pill help you burn off 5 slices of pizza? Let’s be honest with ourselves – it can’t.
Although some weight loss pills can increase your metabolism and help you burn additional calories, they will only help you out if you’ve already got your calories under control in the first place. There are never any shortcuts when it comes to weight loss – it’s all about hard work. If there were shortcuts to losing weight then I’m sure we’d see a lot more ripped fitness models at the beach, but as we know this is not the case.
Some weight loss pills might increase your metabolism and some might even suppress your appetite making it easier to lose weight, but if you don’t have the basics down already then they will do you no good whatsoever.
If your goal is to lose weight then these 3 weight loss myths need to be avoided at all times. Although losing weight is not nearly as hard as gaining muscle, it’s not as easy as simply popping a weight loss pill or restricting your carbohydrate consumption either. I recommend that you get back to the basics. Just focus on eating a sensible diet, working out correctly and avoiding all of the hype and you’ll be good to go. Weight loss doesn’t need to be a complicated process and you’ll probably see better results by simply doing those two things alone.