The weight-loss industry has been a big business for decades now. Because of this, there is fierce competition for your hard-earned dollars.
With this type of competition comes drastic tactics like promises, misinformation and downright lying from companies and individuals.
For one reason or another, certain myths seem to be more prominent than others. These myths are usually issued from fad diet creators who generalize a particular concept and then attempt to repeat it until it is considered fact.
Other times it is misheard information that somehow becomes common knowledge despite not having merit.
Regardless of how these myths come about, the effects on your health are negatively affected if you follow bum advice.
People will struggle and fail by falling for myths in their quest for the body, figure and general health they are striving for.
Here is a list of 7 common untruths that can be a detriment to your overall health and weight-loss goals...
In the last two decades, carbs have become the bad guy of consumption.
Some carbohydrates are not great for your weight-loss goals. However, carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient. Furthermore, there are different types of carbohydrates that you can and should consume.
Simple carbohydrates are the carbs that you should lower in order to effectively lose weight. Removing them completely, however, can be detrimental to your ability to engage in high-impact activities. The body burns carbohydrates during elevated levels of cardiovascular activities. When there are no carbs to burn, the body begins to not only burn fat but also protein. This makes it harder to cultivate positive lean muscle.
Carbohydrates also help transport water and nutrients to the organs and muscles. Lacking carbs, especially complex carbs (non-refined), will put you at an overall disadvantage.
Lowering carbohydrates is a fine idea. Removing them is foolhardy.
Genetics Is the Overall Determinate
Genetics does play a part in the general shape of your body, like your reach, torso-to-limbs ratio and allergies.
However, the ability to gain or lose weight is not purely determined by these genetics.
The DNA you are provided with only gives you a predisposition to metabolism, ability to burn fat or cultivate muscle.
With intelligent strategy and commitment, you can still gain the type of body you desire. Many times people use genetics as an excuse not to try. Do not be that person.
Educate yourself on your body type and what your general genetics (gender, race, and body type) may bring. Then learn how you can overcome some of the obstacles those factors may bring.
Less Calories Mean Losing Weight Every Time
It is a fact that burning more calories than you take on board is the cornerstone of losing weight. It is simple math and easy to understand.
That being said, there is a limit to how many calories one can cut and still have effective weight loss. Notice the phrase “effective weight loss.” This means losing fat weight and possibly some water weight, without putting your body at risk of being unhealthy. It also means losing the kind of weight that you will not regain after a low-calorie stint.
The human body needs around 1,000 calories at the very minimum to function properly. Even this number is a bit low to maintain.
For a healthy body, it is best to burn around 2,000 calories throughout the day while consuming around 1,500 daily. Remember that burning 2,000 calories does not mean doing so in a single workout. Your metabolism will burn calories constantly. You even burn calories as you sleep or are in resting. Talking walks or riding your bike instead of driving will also burn calories effectively.
The bottom line is that removing too many calories has more negative than positive effects. You will lose lean muscle mass, be less capable of exercise while also losing initiative and clarity of mind.
Keep your calorie intake average and your activity level heightened for optimum results.
Finally, perhaps the most enduring myth is that you must avoid delectable foods and fattening treats without exception.
While lowering the totality of your sugars and saturated fats is obviously good for you, it is not a sin to indulge now and again. In fact, giving yourself a cheat day can actually help your body consistently cope with a weight-loss regimen much better.
A cheat day shocks the metabolism back into heightened efficiency. It also allows you to avoid caving in to later cravings.
Having a sparing but consistent cheat day will actually help improve your overall dieting goal. No one is saying to go out and eat a dozen doughnuts on a weekly basis. However, indulging now and then to give your body a break and some satisfying “bad foods” is perfectly fine. Keeping those occasions to a minimum is the key.