Ever wonder if what you’re hearing about weight loss is true or not? It can happen to the best of us. Therefore, here are nine myths you’re better off not believing if your goal is to lose weight for good:
You’ll lose weight each and every week as long as you do “the right things.” Sorry, but sometimes you will plateau, even if you’re consistently taking healthy actions.
Weight loss is all about willpower. This is simply untrue as biology and genetics can play a part too.
A calorie is a calorie is a calorie. Calories are processed differently by your body, depending on whether they’re a fat, protein, carb, fiber, etc.
You can’t eat carbs if you want to lose weight. Your body needs carbs for energy. The best options are unrefined, such as whole wheat, barley, and fruit.
You can’t eat fat if you want to lose weight. Your body actually needs some fat in your diet in order to function efficiently. Stick to healthy fats like those found in olive oil, avocado, and nuts.
Eat low calorie foods and you’ll lose weight. This is true if the low calorie foods are natural, like fruits and veggies. This is not true if they’re processed, like low-cal desserts and pre-packaged salty snacks.
Eat less and you’ll lose weight. Eat too little and you’ll push your body into starvation mode, making weight loss almost impossible.
Exercise more and you’ll lose weight. You can go overboard with exercise, which means that you’re not going to lose weight as effectively in this case because your body is trying to hold onto its nutrients to support your extra efforts.
You can drink yourself thin. Sure, you might initially lose weight on a liquid diet, but you’ll likely gain it back (and then some) once you resume normal eating.