Busted! 5 Weight-Loss Myths Debunked
Are you really serious about losing weight and keeping it off? Well then, it is time to separate fact from fiction. You may have heard of the so-called weight-loss “tips” in this article, but we’re here to expose those tips for what they really are: myths! So, hold on to your sweats, you may be shocked by what you are about to read . . .
Myth # 1: You Have to Eat Breakfast if You Want to Shed Pounds
The truth of the matter is that you should eat sometime in the morning. If you aren’t hungry as soon as you wake up, wait until you are hungry. It is recommended that you eat within three hours of getting up, even if it is something small, like toast or yogurt. Doing so will keep your metabolism in check, helping you to shed pounds (and keep them off).
Myth #2: Low-Fat Foods = Low In Calories
Guess what? The majority of low-fat foods are actually higher in calories and sugar than their full-fat counterparts. Salad dressings, baked goods and other foods that normally have a high percentage of fat are actually less healthy when they are prepared as low-fat items. Low-fat foods are usually made with more sugar, cornstarch and other fillers to make up for the loss of fat.
Myth #3: Counting Calories is Not Important
If you want to drop weight, you have to count calories. Losing (or gaining) weight simply comes down to the amount of calories you consume versus the amount of calories you burn. So you’ll want to know how much you’re taking in, and burning, on a daily basis in order to reach your goal.
There are foods that are more calorie-dense than other foods, which means that they have more calories per ounce. Proteins and carbs have the same amount of calories, however fat has twice as many calories per ounce. It’s important to keep in mind though that a calorie is a calorie no matter where it comes from, protein, sugar or fat.
Myth #4: Eat Three Times a Day and Don’t Snack
The important thing to remember here is that you don’t want to starve yourself – if you’re hungry, have a small snack, but keep in mind that your snacks do count in your daily calorie intake! Whether you eat three times a day or six times a day, your goal is to make sure that you are consuming the same amount of calories each day. So if you are eating three times a day, make sure that you are eating three balanced meals. If you are eating six times a day you obviously shouldn’t be eating six full meals. It simply comes down to this: watch your calorie intake. It still really is all about the calories.
Myth #5: You Don’t Need to Exercise to Drop Weight
Not so much! Activity is the key to weight-loss. This is because you want to burn off more calories then what you are consuming in a day. The only way to do this is to get up and get moving. If you don’t want to call it exercise, think of it as simply “being active.” Even daily activities like gardening and house-cleaning add to your daily calorie burn. Pick a physical activity that you enjoy doing and can do for at least 30 minutes five days a week.