When it comes to losing weight, there is so much information out there that it can be hard to know what’s true and what’s not. We’re going to tackle some of the common misconceptions that many people have about weight loss so you can know the truth.
Here are 10 common misconceptions about losing weight:
- Calories are Calories
Some weight loss experts will tell you that weight loss is a numbers game, and it doesn’t matter where you get your calories from, as long as you limit your intake. However, what’s more important than how many calories you’re getting is where they’re coming from.
- Your Weight Will Only Go Down
People will tell you that if you gain any weight during your weight loss journey, you’ve failed somewhere, but the truth is that the body naturally fluctuates by a few pounds because of water weight and other factors. The overall trend is what matters.
- Supplements are the Key to Weight Loss
While diet supplement companies will tell you that you can lose weight just by popping one of their pills every day, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that some supplements can slightly increase your weight loss, but the majority don’t do much for you.
- Weight Loss is Determined by Your Willpower
With enough willpower, anybody can lose weight, right? Not exactly. Biology plays a much bigger role in weight loss than many experts will claim, and knowing how your body works is the first step to losing weight, not simply making a decision.
- Exercise is Necessary for Weight Loss
Although it’s true that spending hours in the gym every day can help you lose weight faster, without making changes in your diet, you’re not going to be able to lose the weight that you want. A proper diet is what’s going to help you lose weight.
- Less Fat Leads to Weight Loss
It may sound reasonable that not eating fat will prevent you from gaining more fat, but that’s not actually how your body works. It’s actually carbohydrates that are converted into stored body fat, while fat from food is burned for energy.
- Eating Breakfast is Essential to Weight Loss
While there are studies to back up the fact that those who eat breakfast tend to weight less than those who don’t, it’s also been proving that eating breakfast doesn’t really have an impact on your weight. How are these both possible? Those that eat breakfast tend to live healthier lifestyles.
- Fast Food Leads to Weight Gain
Although there are certainly many options on the fast food menus that are fattening, there are others that are low-carb, and low-calorie so you can actually lose weight while eating fast food. Some chains even specialize in delivering healthy foods fast.
- Skinny People are Healthier
Although there are a number of diseases that are associated with obesity, there’s no guarantee that someone who is skinny or a normal weight can avoid these diseases, especially if they are not living a healthy lifestyle.
- There are “Weight Loss Foods”
Some experts will try to convince you that by simply eating certain foods, you can lose weight. However, the truth is that your overall diet determines how much weight you will lose or gain. Furthermore, it’s your body type that determines what type of food you need to be eating.