5 Myths About Weight Loss

Friday, 03 Dec 2010 12:50 PM

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With much conflicting information floating around and new research being conducted every day about weight loss and nutrition, confusion is inevitable. Nutrition is in fact much more than calorie counting and its association with fat grams and fat obsession. We have provided you some tips to help you better understand nutrition and weight loss myths:

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Weight loss and Nutrition Myth 1: Cutting your calories drastically will help you lose weight quickly and easily.
Fact: Cutting your calories too drastically may force the body into “starvation mode,” which will make losing weight even more difficult. This weight loss myth will not only lead to nutritional deficiencies, fatigue, and digestive problems, but it will also slow down your metabolism. Limit your calories sensibly and focus on a well-balanced diet plan to lose weight faster.
 
Weight loss and Nutrition Myth 2: Skipping meals or eliminating a food group completely, especially carbohydrates, will work.
Fact: Skipping meals is not at all advisable because it makes you more hungry, resulting in unwanted cravings and binging. Carbohydrates are important to our body as energy-providing nutrients, and replacing them with proteins may not be good for our health in the long run. Furthermore, increased intake of protein sources may cause ketosis, build up of uric acid, and prove risky for people with diabetes and kidney disorders.
 
Weight Loss and Nutrition Myth 3: Popular TV-recommended diet plans and weight loss pills are healthy ways to lose weight.
Fact: It is better to achieve ideal body weight through correct eating habits, exercise routine, and vitamin supplementation, rather than by using protein shakes, passive exercise machines (electrical muscle stimulators), and mono diet or starvation-based diet plans.
 
Weight Loss and Nutrition Myth 4: Lifting weights or doing push ups simply bulks up your body without helping you lose much weight.
Fact: The truth is that regular weight training helps to build up muscle mass, which actually burns more calories than our body fat. Combining weight training with cardio vascular exercises like aerobics, cycling, or swimming is a sure way to achieve weight loss.
 
Weight Loss and Nutrition Myth 5: All fats are bad and must be avoided.
Fact: While this is partly true, not all fats are created alike. We must try to cut down on saturated and trans fats, but ensure adequate fat intake by consuming MUFA-based fats or oils such as olive oil and almond oil and seeds like flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds.

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