Like all myths, weight loss myths usually have a bit of truth, no matter how small. Below, these truths will be highlighted and examined along with the research to support or oppose these myths.
It is important to note that when we talk about weight loss, it’s really a highly individualized process. No two people lose weight in the same way.
A lot of weight loss can be trying to find what works for you and your lifestyle. For example, intermittent fasting can be a great way to lose weight for some, or it can lead to binging and overeating at other meals for others.
There are so many things that can impact the way an individual loses weight, and that is a conversation for another time. Below, see the small truths, and the science, behind these 18 common weight loss myths.
Myth 1: Skip Meals to Lose Weight
Logically, this myth sounds like it makes sense: eat less, lose weight.
Research shows that skipping breakfast or dinner can lead to eating less during the day. However, that may not be true for most people. After a fast, some people may compensate by eating more later in the day and end up not losing weight.
Myth 2: All Calories Are Created Equal
This is false. Some calories are better than others. This can depend mainly on the nutrient density of the calories and foods you eat, as some foods are more nutrient-dense than others. Meaning that for the same amount of calories, some foods contain more vitamins, minerals, and fiber than others. For example, 100 calories of potato chips and 100 calories of broccoli nutritionally are vastly different. The varying compositions of different foods leads to the foods being metabolized in your body in different ways as well.
Myth 3: You Have to Starve Yourself to Lose Weight
If a health professional tells you that you need to starve yourself to lose weight, then run away fast. Rapid weight loss by very restricted dieting can wreak havoc on your metabolism, not to mention your body and organs. After times of significant calorie restriction, your metabolism slows down drastically, and weight regain is inevitable. There are better, healthier ways to lose weight.
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