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Is losing weight your goal? Then don’t fall for these myths

Published on:30 July 2021, 10:30am IST
From fats to supplements, there are various weight loss myths doing the rounds. It’s time to bust them all!
Aayushi Gupta
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You need to stop believing these myths. Image courtesy: Unsplash By Aayushi Gupta
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There is an information overload on the internet, so much so that it’s easy for people to fall prey to myths. This is especially true, when it comes to weight loss. There is already so much being discussed around this subject that it’s hard to identify fact from fiction.

Are you also trapped in the cycle of weight loss myths and misconceptions? Well, no problem. We’re here for you!

Here are the top 6 biggest lies, myths and misconceptions about weight loss:
Myth 1: Cut back on carbs to lose weight

Fact: Stop believing this diet myth, because not all carbohydrates are bad for you. In fact, a low-carb diet can aid in weight loss. But remember all carbs are not equal, so you need to avoid processed carbs that are often high in sugar and white flour. You can consume carbohydrate-rich foods, such as vegetables like beans and peas, fruits and whole grains. 

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It’s time to consume carbs without worrying about weight gain. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Myth 2: Certain foods can help with calorie-burning

Fact: Certain foods are referred to as ‘fat burning’. But there are no studies that suggest if certain foods can increase your metabolic rate, making you burn more calories. Even if certain foods do increase your metabolism, the amount is too insignificant. So stop believing that some foods can speed up your metabolism rate, helping you in weight loss

Myth 3: Skipping meals will help you lose weight

Fact: Many of you definitely believe that if you want to lose weight, you’ll have to go hungry. But skipping meals is actually detrimental to your health and fitness, because it can result in nutrient deficiency. In fact, it can also lead to more snacking on fatty and sugary foods, which can cause weight gain. Therefore, skipping meals is not a good idea.

Myth 4: You can eat anything if you’re exercising

Fact: Hold on ladies, this way you’re not going to lose weight! Exercise is an important part of weight loss, but you can easily stall your efforts by eating foods high in calories and low in nutrition. Aim for balance, exercise regularly, and eat better foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients, and have smaller portions. 

Myth 5: Fats are harmful

Fact: Fat is an important macronutrient. They are crucial for brain health, heart health, gut health, and make your skin smooth and supple. And yes, fats are good for you! The fact is your body needs healthy fats, and not all fats lead to weight gain. 

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Fats are not the enemy. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Some of the healthy fats are avocado, virgin oil, ground flax, walnuts, and wild salmon.

Myth 6: Supplements can help you lose weight

Fact: Despite the claim that supplements can help you lose weight, there is no data to suggest this. Most of the supplements for weight loss are ineffective. In fact, some supplements contain caffeine, chemicals, and herbs that can be dangerous for your health. 

So ladies, don’t fall prey to these myths and eat nutrition-filled meals to keep yourself healthy.

Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

Candid, outspoken, but prudent--Aayushi is exploring her place in media world.