Weight Loss Myths You Need to Be Aware of
Category : Fitness
A lot of people believe that they simply cannot lose weight. They cite things that they genuinely believe as reasons for this. In reality, however, none of them are true. It is these very people who often end up looking for bariatric procedures to help them. While this is a life saver for many, the reality is that if they had stopped making excuses for themselves, and believing in common myths, they wouldn’t have gotten into that situation in the first place. So what are some of these myths?
1. It’s in My Genes!
Recent studies have shown that there is in fact a defective gene that people who are obese are more likely to have than those who are not obese. However, less than 1% of people who are obese actually have this defective gene. If you are obese, it is probably because of your lifestyle, not your genes. And if your parents (and children) are also obese, it is probably because you picked up each other’s’ bad habits.
2. Eating Healthy Is Boring
This is perhaps the worst excuse of all. There is nothing boring about healthy food. It exists not just in all of the taste spectrums from super sweet to incredibly bitter, it also exists in all types of textures. And, to make it even more interesting, it exists in a range of beautiful colors, instead of the boring beige that most unhealthy food is.
3. You Can Never Have Something Naughty if You Want to Lose Weight
If you want to lose weight, the worst thing you can do is deny yourself something. However, that doesn’t mean you should overindulge either. Have a sliver of chocolate cake once a week, instead of eating a whole one every day.
4. I Overeat Because I’m Hungry
Absolutely untrue. You overeat because you have built an unhealthy relationship with food and no longer recognize what real hunger is. What you perceive as hunger is more likely to be thirst, tiredness, or sheer boredom. You need to once again learn that food is designed to be enjoyed, but mainly to sustain your body.
5. Unless I Have Weight Loss Surgery, I Will Have to Crash Diet
Nobody should EVER have to crash diet. Not only is it not effective, it is actually very dangerous. Crash dieting will most likely leave you malnourished for a period of time. Plus, once you’re done with the diet, you will eat so much that you end up being heavier than you were to begin with.
6. I’ve Reached the Point of no Return
While it is true that it becomes increasingly difficult to eat less and move more the heavier you get, there quite literally is no point of no return. Any movement burns calories, and eating too much is something that you do to yourself. If you are super morbidly obese and are literally bedridden, you can make sure no unhealthy food is provided to you and start by wriggling your finger. Every little helps!