If you are looking to lose weight, you must have come across a lot of information on weight loss. While some of the information might be true, there is some that isn’t, and you should be cautious of it. To help you out, here are some of the weight loss myths you should know about:
You need to get rid of all carbs from your diet
At the start of your weight loss journey, you must have come across information that the main reason you have gained weight is that you have consumed a lot of carbohydrates. When most people hear this, they resort to abolishing carbohydrates from their diets. Which is wrong. You don’t have to get rid of all carbohydrates from your diet. Some good carbs even help you in your weight loss journey.
You should note that when you stop taking carbs, your body goes into hibernation mode and starts stacking the fat reserves in preparation for the hunger season. As a consequence, you end up gaining more weight. To lose weight, you need to avoid the wrong carbs and take the right ones. Avoid taking processed carbohydrates and consume whole carbs instead. These are the ones you find in whole foods such as flour, cassava, vegetables, and many others.
All you need is willpower, and you will lose weight
When many people see obese people, they think that they are lazy or make poor food choices. To most people, all you need to do to lose weight is to decide to eat right, and you are ready to go. It’s good you note that weight loss is far more than poor food choices. Genetic and environmental factors also control it.
For example, most of the obese people have a problem with the hormone leptin. This is a hormone that lets the brain know that you are satisfied. To most obese people, the hormone doesn’t signal the brain that you have had enough thus you continue eating. When you decide to lose weight, due to the inefficiency of the hormone, the brain thinks that you are starving. This causes it to trigger the body to start storing fat.
Despite this, it doesn’t mean that you won’t lose weight with willpower. You will do it, but it will take you longer.
You shouldn’t snack
There is information all over the internet that if you want to lose weight, you need to take all of your calories in one sitting. There is nothing that is further from the truth than this. There is nothing wrong with snacking. In fact, dieticians recommend that you take five small meals throughout the day in addition to the main meals. According to the dieticians, you increase the rate of metabolism by doing so thus increasing your chances of losing weight.
When snacking, be cautious of the snacks that you take. As rule of thumb, avoid fattening snacks such as chips and cookies. Instead, take healthy snacks such as beans and vegetables.