If you’re on a journey to losing weight, I can assure you that you’ll come across numerous weight loss myths that can totally ruin your health. In today’s blog post of mine, I will point out the worst and most widely distributed and false nutrition myths and myths about losing weight.
I realize that they may work for some of you, but in a long-term plan, some of them are super unhealthy for your digestive system and your physical and mental health. In the next paragraphs, I will share some of my personal weight-loss experience, and you’ll find for yourself that this is not something impossible, and it does not require extreme limitations, starvation, and misery.
Most Popular Weight Loss Myths
The Internet is flowing with factual, science-based, and… extremely wrong information. Regardless if we’re talking about myths about weight loss, skin-care tips, “healthy” diets, etc. You’ll find numerous advice, suggestions, and surveys. However, not all of them are backed up by detailed and accurate information.
In the following headings, I will present to you the most ridiculous and illogical weight loss myths many people seem to believe in. Please, know that this is my personal opinion, and I choose to share it in my own blog. If you disagree with me, this is perfectly fine. Everybody has the choice to think about whatever they want. J
Carbs Will Make You Fat
I couldn’t help but roll my eyes while typing the first weight loss myth on my list. That is probably one of the most ridiculous things you may hear during your entire life. Many people falsely believe that carbs are literally their worst enemy when it comes to weight-loss.
Carbs are so rich in calories.
Carbs make you bulky.
You can’t lose weight if you eat rice, bread, or potatoes!
And so on, and so on. Let me tell you something, lovelies. Carbs are so essential and so good for you, you can’t even imagine. Yes, you can eat potatoes and still lose weight. Yes, you can eat rice and still be healthy and fit. All these things that are written all over the Internet and in many books (so sad!) are total nonsense.
Don’t get me wrong, please. I’m not saying that you should live on baked potatoes and boiled rice with veggies. Of course, you also need a lot of protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Carbohydrates have tons of benefits, and the most considerable one is that they are your body’s main source of energy. If you suffer from a lack of energy, you can’t do anything right in your life except maybe sleeping. They also strengthen your immune system, kidneys, heart muscles, and nervous system.
Processed foods, sugary desserts, and fast food are all carbs, yes. However, wholegrain foods, such as quinoa and brown rice, potatoes, vegetables, and beans are also carbs. And, you should make everything possible to include these in your everyday diet simply because carbs are your friend, not your enemy.
You Should Never Eat In the Evening
I can talk about this weight loss myth for hours, but I’ll try to put my thoughts in a few paragraphs. Back in the days when I was desperately trying to lose weight, I’ve read all myths about weight loss you’re about to see in this piece. And most probably, I believed most in this one.
I never ate after 7 PM, and I stood up until 1 or 2 AM with my belly crying for some food. But, no! Eating at night was going to make me fat, and I wouldn’t be able to lose weight. I couldn’t risk it, you know? So I stayed in my bed peacefully watching TV series or scrolling through my Tumblr page, trying to ignore the hunger that was building up more and more with the hours passing by.
That was my everyday life. Not only did I starve myself during the day, but in the night, as well. I want to apologize to myself for all this misery. Because guess what? It. Did. Not. Work.
The most important thing about weight-loss is how many calories you consume per day. If you want to lose weight, you should simply consume fewer calories than your body expends. That is also known as a calorie deficit. You can eat them all at once, you can divide them so that you can eat three times per day, or you can have small meals six times per day. It’s all about personal preferences here.
For instance, I consume roughly 2000-2100 calories per day, and I work out at least four times a week. However, if I wish to lose a few kilos, I should go into a calorie deficit. If I choose to consume 1500 calories per day, this would mean that I’m in a 600 calories deficit.
It’s a fact that numerous people work out regularly and prefer to consume all their calories in one meal. And they’re feeling perfectly fine and manage to either lose weight or maintain a healthy body. Oh, yes, and they also eat carbs. J
You Should Only Do Cardio
The majority of people who look for extensive answers on ‘How to lose weight? ‘ will certainly read tons of articles about how you should run one hour per day to get rid of these extra kilos. Just another one of the false weight loss myths that have managed to gain immense popularity.
Again, I’m not saying that cardio is bad for you. On the contrary, it will increase your endurance, it will boost your metabolism and energy levels, and it will strengthen your heart. As you can see, the advantages are numerous. However, if you want to lose weight, it’s certainly not obligatory to only do cardio.
As a matter of fact, I work out for more than two years now, and I barely do any cardio. I really, really dislike it. I only train with weights, as heavy as I can. And I feel more than amazing. Besides, I have never felt more healthy, and I’ve never looked better than what I look like now. The most important thing is that I can’t wait to go to the gym, knowing that I’ll do my heavy lifting workout.
All things considered, cardio is good, but it’s not the only thing that will help you lose weight. Strength training is so good for you, as well. It will make your body more aesthetically beautiful because it will help you build muscle. Additionally, as you build those muscles, your body will begin to burn calories more easily, which will contribute to healthy weight-loss. Not only this, but training with weights is highly beneficial for your bones and joints flexibility.
Weight Loss Myths: Conclusion
There are so many more weight loss myths I’ve read on the Internet and in different books. Nonetheless, I’ve chosen to share those that seem most ridiculous to me. I hope that I’ve helped some of you not to fall into the trap of false information.
Please, before you take any steps towards losing weight, educate yourself. I’ve done the mistake of not reading any research and real information, which led to years full of starvation and a desperate lifestyle. I’m so happy I’ve changed my lifestyle and established a healthy relationship with my food. Actually, it’s now 11 PM, and I’m eating the best lavash veggie pizza in the world. J Have a nice day, everyone. Until next time.