You know you need to lose weight and you also know that you want to lose weight! Well how often do you come across a statement when it comes to losing weight? Way to often than you think. There are one to many myths roaming the mouths of several people who are trying to lose weight! For example you may have heard, “Don’t weight yourself daily” or “Calories In Minus Calories Out”. Researchers have discovered there’s a ton of common knowledge that we need to toss out for lack of scientific evidence!
Researchers have discussed nine myths about obesity, and 10 presumptions. These researchers claim that these no so tried and true claims are leading to poor decisions about how best to address obesity as a culture, wasted resources, and bad advice on how the public can avoid that excess weight. For these weight loss myths, it is highly recommended that we stop believing them because despite that these presumptions lack significant evidence to support them, healthcare professionals still give advice based on them!
What Are These Weight Loss Myths?
Below is the list of weight loss myths that thousands upon millions of people believe on a daily basis, because either they hear is from word of mouth or from the biggest culprit; the media.
- Don’t Lose Weight Quickly. The myth is “if you lose weight quickly, it’ll be hard to keep that weight off in the long-run, compared to losing weight slowly and steadily.” There is not a whole lost of evidence to support this claim. Weight loss retention is way more complicated than the speed at which you drop the pounds at the outset.
- Setting A Realistic Goal Weight. There is also no evidence to claim that by setting a realistic goal weight will actually get you to that goal. Often times, if you get slightly off track from this goal, you’ll end up getting discouraged from your goal.
- Weighing Yourself Daily Interferes with Weight Loss. For a good majority of people, weighing themselves everyday becomes an obsession. If results aren’t up to your standards, it could often lead to depression and become unhealthy. On the other hand it can also be very motivating to some. If it’s something that works for you, don’t get into the habit of it everyday.
- Genes Aren’t A Factor in the Obesity Epidemic. Although it can easily be passed down to you, you can easily overcome these types of genetics.
- The Freshman 15 is Real. There is no clinical evidence to support this type of claim either. Ultimately, it is important not to claim a commonly held belief if it’s not working for you.
You may also discover some presumptions as well and for those who aren’t sure what a presumption is, is an act or instance of taking something to be true or adopting a particular attitude toward something.
- Eating Breakfast Every Day Protects Against Obesity. Of course there is mixed evidence on this claim, however, keeping your energy levels as a fairly constant state all day prevents crashing and binging later in the day. It’s important to focus on the cues your body is telling you is a crucial component to mindful eating.
- Snacking Leads to Weight Gain and Obesity. This particular assumption isn’t fully born out in the research. However, it doesn’t mean that all weight loss plans will now include snack time as part of the daily grind. Once again, going back to mindful eating, if you’re hungry pay attention to what your body is telling you.
- Eating Close to Bedtime Contributes To Weight Gain. Many claim to not eat right before you go to bed, but it could also be that those who eat closer to bedtime are just consuming more calories everyday than people who stop eating dinner. Anyways, those added calories can add up.
- Eating More Fruits and Veggies Will Lead to Weight Loss, No Matter What Else You Do. News Flash, eating healthy foods doesn’t mitigate the unhealthy ones. If you’re still consuming a ton of empty calories in addition to your nutritious ones, that’s still a ton of empty calories.
- Yo-Yo Dieting Increase Mortality Rate. No matter what yo yo dieting is an unsustainable approach to weight loss, but not enough evidence has been done to show that.
- Drinking More Water Will Lead To Weight Loss or Less Weight Gain, No Matter What Else You Do. Don’t limit your portion sizes and the amount of nutrient-poor, high-calorie foods you’re consuming, you’ll still be taking in the same number of calories.