For many of us in the western world, especially women, losing weight is almost always on our mind. There is so much information available nowadays about losing weight, that it’s hard to know what is accurate and what is not.
Let’s look at some common myths about weight loss, and explain why they are not true!
You should eat ‘diet’ foods to lose weight
In recent years, diets have become increasingly popular. When you are doing a calorie-restricted diet, it’s all too easy to fill up on low-calorie or low-fat foods and drinks, as well as some that are marketed to look healthy but are actually high in sugar, such as fruit drinks and cereal bars.
Many of these foods are heavily processed, and can contain hidden ingredients that could cause more harm than good!
Fat is bad for you
Of course, many fast foods are full of fat, and filling up on these regularly will definitely have an adverse effect on your weight.
In the past few years, high fat, low carb diets such as keto have actually been shown to aid weight loss, proving that fat itself isn’t the cause of weight gain.
Carbs make you gain weight
As mentioned above, low carb diets have certainly been shown to aid weight loss. But that doesn’t mean that carbs themselves cause us to put on weight. There are many high carb whole foods that are actually very healthy and can be incorporated into a balanced diet.
It’s refined carbs that should be avoided when trying to lose weight!
Fat people are unhealthy and thin people are healthy
This is a very widely accepted belief – even if some people don’t consciously choose to think this way, when comparing a fat person with a thin one they may automatically assume the thin person is healthier.
While it is true that being overweight can contribute to some serious conditions, there are many bigger people who are healthy, and many thin people who are not. I personally know some bigger people who are active and eat a fairly healthy diet, and some thin people who fill up on junk food and never exercise!
Skipping breakfast stops you losing weight
It’s a commonly held belief that if you want to lose weight, you must eat breakfast! While studies have shown that breakfast skippers tend to weigh more, this may be down to the
fact that those who eat breakfast may have generally healthier lifestyles and habits.
Other studies have shown that eating breakfast or skipping it has no effect on weight.
Fat people just need better willpower
Many people say that it’s a lack of willpower that causes weight gain. This may be true in some cases, but in many people who struggle with their weight it is connected to far deeper factors. Genetics and medical conditions play a part, as well as hormones such as leptin.
Mental health also contributes hugely to people being overweight. So in effect, telling someone they need more willpower could be like telling a depressed person to cheer up or an alcoholic to drink less – it’s just not that simple.