Misconceptions That Hinder Your Weight Loss Journey
Plenty of people have decided to turn the pandemic into an opportunity to manage their weight. If you’re reading this, chances are you are one of these people. Going on a weight loss journey is truly a challenge. Even if diet clinics and weight management centers can help you, there is still a lot of trial and error that occurs during the process. You might even find yourself noticing that very little has changed in your body, and it’s probably because you’ve fallen for one of these weight loss myths. If you want to know which one of these myths are hindering your weight loss journey, keep reading:
- Weight loss is a linear process.
A lot of people have this misconception that weight loss is a linear process. People are so used to seeing before-and-after pictures that we believe that weight loss happens instantly. But there is a lot more about weight loss than just before-and-after pictures. Between the ‘before’ and ‘after’ are a lot of ups and downs.
People’s bodies change frequently. You can wake up with a weight of 54 kg and go to bed three kilograms heavier. That’s because we eat throughout the day. It’s a given that as we eat and drink, we gain weight. That is normal. Even if you work out before going to bed, the chances of you losing that weight are low.
Weight loss is not linear. Your body weight will fluctuate because of many factors. If you’re female, for example, on the days you have your period, you will look more bloated, and you will gain weight. It’s not because you lack exercise, but because your hormones make you retain water in the body. So the next time you worry about not losing weight or not making any progress, keep this in mind.
- Avoid carbs at all costs.
Carb-free fad diets have given people the wrong impression about carbs. Fad diets tell us that the only way to lose weight is to avoid eating carbs. To a certain extent, it’s true. You will lose weight if you avoid eating any of the major food groups. You also end up gaining weight if you eat too much of anything.
There are five main food groups: fruits and vegetables, carbohydrates, fats, protein, and dairy. A proper diet includes eating different foods from each of the main food groups, and it has to be balanced. You cannot avoid eating carbohydrates because carbs are essential to giving you energy. Without it, you won’t have the energy to exercise properly or go about your day. Instead of avoiding carbs altogether, lessen the number of carbs you consume. Remember, too much or too little of anything is always a bad thing. Balance is key to good nutrition.
- Low-fat products will help you lose fat.
Be careful when you walk down the aisle of a supermarket to check out low-fat or fat-free food. It may sound good for your health, but that might not be the case. When products don’t have fat, manufacturers often replace fats with sugar. Fats, much like carbohydrates, get a bad reputation. But just like carbohydrates, we also need fats to stay healthy. The reason fats get such a bad rep is that people think that all fats are the same when they aren’t.
There are unsaturated fats (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and omega-3 fats) found in oils, nuts, avocados, and fish that are healthy and good to eat. Saturated fats found in fatty beef, lamb, poultry, and dairy are the ones you should eat in moderation. Trans fats found in fried and processed foods are the bad fats that we want to avoid.
- All calories are the same.
All calories are not the same. A hundred calories from a candy bar are not the same as a hundred calories from meat. It’s the same amount of calories, but it gets processed in your body differently. If you eat 2,000 calories of junk food in a day, you will feel sluggish, your body will look less toned, and your overall health would be worse. If you eat 2,000 calories of a balanced diet, you will feel much more energetic and in the mood to exercise and lose weight. Don’t think that you can get away with eating junk food every day just because you exercise constantly. You cannot out-exercise an unhealthy diet.
- You have to starve yourself to lose weight.
If you starve yourself, it’s obvious that you’ll lose weight. But starving yourself is not the most efficient way to lose weight. Starving will lead to an unhealthy cycle of starving, then bingeing, then starving again. That will cause you to have an unhealthy relationship with food. It is never right to starve yourself because you will lose a lot of energy, focus, and nutrients to survive. Instead of starving yourself, you should practice eating only when you’re hungry. It is a much safer and effective way to lose weight. That together with regular exercise.
When it comes to weight loss, there is the right way to do it. Starving yourself and following fad diets is not the right way. A healthy lifestyle is all about having a balanced diet and exercising regularly.