7 Common Weight Loss Myths Debunked

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Thu, Aug 27, 2015

If you do a search on Google looking for the best diets to lose weight fast, you will get over four million results, and most of them will be offers from diet industry moguls looking to make money off the overweight and frustrated consumers looking for a quick fix.

Fad diets are discussed online, in your favorite magazines, and even on television. With all of the misinformation available, it can be overwhelming when you try to weed out the weight loss myths.

The following list of weight loss myths have been debunked, and the information will help you to construct a diet that will not only help you lose weight, but it will help you to adhere to a new, healthier lifestyle.

Debunked: 7 weight loss myths

1.“The amount of calories you need is much less if you are overweight”weight-loss-myths-debunked

The calories you take in are the fuel that your body uses to move. If you are heavier, you will need more calories to fuel your activity. The more weight you lose, the less calories you will need. As the weight loss continues, you can start to modify your calorie allowance as a result.

2. “You need fat in your diet to keep you satisfied and full”

This weight loss myth was based on the fact that fat leaves the stomach more slowly. It was assumed that fatty foods slowed down the act of digestion and helped you to feel satiated.  Recent research shows that fat does nothing to help you feel satisfied and it also has more calories than carbohydrates and protein.

3. ” It is too expensive to eat a healthy diet”

If you take the time to plan out your meals, eating a healthy diet can actually cost less than eating fast food. Studies show that a diet full of healthy, whole foods can actually save you up to eight dollars a week when grocery shopping. This can save a single person over $400 a year.

4. “If you are eating eggs, always toss the yolks since they are high in cholesterol”

Eggs are an excellent form of protein and not only will they keep you full longer if you indulge in a two egg omelet for breakfast, they will also raise your “good” cholesterol. Studies have shown that the yolks do not raise the risk of heart disease in most people.


5. “All calories are the same, so it does not matter what source they are coming from”

This is one of the biggest weight loss myths you have probably heard. It is purely false for many reasons. Not all calories are created equal, because different foods and the nutrients they contain have different effects your hormones, health, and hunger.

6. “When dieting you will always be hungry”

If you go on a diet that makes you drastically reduce your calorie intake, you have a small chance of being successful. The weight loss myths that say to radically decrease calories have caused many dieters to fail. If you focus on the eating the right foods, like lean proteins, fats, and veggies, your body will need less calories to run, so you will feel full longer.

7. “It is all about calories in and calories out”

It is not that simple. If you are trying to lose weight, you need to reduce your calories, but you also have to be mindful of the source. Think more about the quality of the foods you eat, not the quantity. Eating right will reduce your caloric intake and keep you feeling full longer.

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