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10 Weight-Loss Myths That Cause You to Gain Weight

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By    |   Thursday, 22 August 2019 04:22 PM

You've cut your calorie intake, ditched the carbs, and joined the gym. Despite all this, the pounds keep piling on. What gives?

It could be what you know about weight loss that is derailing your efforts. Most of us spend time researching the best way to shrink at least one size. We search the internet, read magazines, and speak to others who have been successful in their endeavors. We then try to apply what we have learned to our own lives.

The problem is that there are countless myths out there — some of which are very convincing but could actually cause you to gain weight. You just can't believe everything you read and hear.

How do you know what is fact and what is fiction? To help you along, here are 10 common weight-loss myths that may actually be causing you to gain weight.

  1. Work hard and you will see the results. This is true to an extent, but your weight-loss efforts will plateau. Tracy Brown, a registered dietitian in Florida, told 24/7 Tempo that many people get discouraged and give up because they don't see the results they want. "But the body will resist changes and perceive them as famine," she said. Perseverance will pay off though.
  2. Some sugars are worse than others. You may have heard that certain sugars, like table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, are worse than others, but the body absorbs all added sugars in a similar way, WebMD noted. Consuming too many calories, whether they are in honey or refined sugar, can lead to weight gain.
  3. Avoiding all treats. The best way to lose weight is to avoid all your favorite foods and settle for a life of broccoli and kale, right? Wrong. This is not sustainable long-term, so completely depriving yourself of all treats means you are more likely to ditch the diet. The key here is not to overdo it, BBC Good Food noted. It is OK to have that slice of cake or chocolate bar every now and again, just not on a regular basis.
  4. Dramatic changes are best. You have come up with a failsafe way to lose weight. Get off the couch and train for a marathon. Or cut all carbs from your diet. These dramatic and sudden changes may seem like a reasonable way to shift the pounds, but they are hardly sustainable, Susan Fink, a personal trainer in Los Angeles, told 24/7 Tempo. "In order to lose weight and maintain your new healthy weight, you have to make a lifestyle change," she said. This takes place over time, not all at once.
  5. Low fat is the way to go. Cutting out fat can lead to weight loss, but it needs to be the "bad fat" found in processed food and takeaways, not the "good fat" found in nuts, seeds, avocados, and fish, WedMD noted. These are essential for your body to function optimally and also help keep you feeling fuller for longer, which means you may eat less.
  6. Certain foods help burn fat. Research suggests that certain foods like chili or protein can speed up your metabolism and help your body burn off extra calories, but this alone cannot help you lose weight, according to BBC Good Food. You need to consume fewer calories than you use to lose weight.
  7. Lifting weights will make you bulky. Many people wanting to slim down avoid the weight section at the gym because they worry it will make them bulk up, but this is not true, said Fink. Building extra muscle will help the body burn extra calories. You will also have to lift very heavy weights to bulk up.
  8. Drink up. Water is essential for your body. It can also help you feel fuller and deter you from snacking, but despite what people say, it will not melt away the fat, WebMD noted.
  9. Carbs make you fat. At some point, carbs became the evil culprit responsible for weight gain, but this is just one more diet myth. Whole grains like oats, brown rice, and whole-wheat pasta come with numerous health benefits; you just need to pay attention to portion sizes. The problem lies with refined carbohydrates like white bread, pastries, and processed food, reported BBC Good Food.
  10. Skip meals to save calories. Losing weight means consuming fewer calories than you are using, but skipping meals to cut your calorie intake is not a great way to do so, Shira Hirshberg, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Rhode Island, told  24/7 Tempo. Starving yourself will cause your body to go into "crises" mode and it will store fat to preserve as much energy as possible.

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Thursday, 22 August 2019 04:22 PM
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