Many have fallen victim to marketing schemes making extravagant claims that you will rapidly shed pounds while continuing to eat everything in sight. Let’s consider a number of the most well-known myths out there about this industry. Some of the more popular stories going around about the industry are these.
Myth #1: Avoid carbohydrates. This is perpetuated by the most famous high protein diets-the Atkins diet, South beach and a whole lot of other popular diets that promotes a diet rich in protein and low in carbohydrates. While such diets can produce significant weight loss in a short amount of time, the results are hardly long lasting and as soon as you start eating normally again, the weight comes plummeting back, even more than before!
Myth # 2: Genetics is the principal factor. It’s true that heredity can play part in determining your metabolic rate, but that doesn’t mean you should just give up because your parents and grandparents are obese. The most important factor in determining your success in any weight loss program is the number of calories you eat and the amount of physical activity you get in a single day. Genetics also affects your metabolic rate, so if you have inherited a slow metabolism you will have to keep much more active to raise your metabolism and burn the same amount of calories that someone genetically inclined to a high metabolism would burn without any extra effort. There are ways you can rev up a slow metabolism.
Myth # 3: You must avoid fat. People believe that fat intake increases your weight. But the key to effective fat control is cutting down on the dangerous fats and increasing your intake of the good fat. In order to escape from Trans fat and saturated fat, you have to eat polyunsaturated and Omeg-3 that loaded in foods like fish, olive oil, and avocados, it can increase the intake of healthy fats.
Myth # 4: Skipping meals. Skipping meals can lower your metabolism and makes it more difficult to lose weight. Regular meals are important, and what you need to do is to consume more of the foods which are good for you, which means more salads, vegetables, nuts and fruits. Snack on a large slice of juicy watermelon instead of reaching out for the next scoop of your favorite chocolate ice-cream.
Myth # 5: Avoid white food. Contrary to popular beliefs, there are many “white” foods which may be good for you- pears, avocadoes, nuts-just to name a few and the key is that what counts is the nutrients contained on those foods, and not the color.
Myth # 6: The Grapefruit Miracle. This old legend has no truth to it. There is a group of individuals who are promoting grapefruit as a way to lose fat. In fact there is one small isolated research that states that there is a a magic fat-burning enzyme that can help you lose weight simply by consuming this fruit. As yet there has been no questions as to the veracity of these claims and whether the cirtrus industry infact had a part in the funding of this type of research. Grapefruits are rich in lycopene, which provide nutrients and prevent cancer and heart diseases and take care of cellular health.
So, there you have the top 6 myths of weight loss that you may have been familiar with. Now that you have the knowledge to separate fact from fiction, the path to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle is open wide for you.
Author: Ricardo d ArgenceThis author has published 19 articles so far.