April 17 2017
Regardless of size, the vast majority of people are somewhat conscious of their body. We unfortunately live in a society that tends to value people based on their physical appearance first and foremost. We are constantly comparing ourselves to airbrushed photos in magazines, other people, our former selves, everything. It is very unhealthy to obsess over our physical appearance; however, it is also unhealthy to be severely overweight. Many people these days are trying to find different tricks and methods to help make weight loss and getting into shape easier and faster. This however, tends to lead to a mixed bag of methods, some containing a bit of truth, some of them being useless or even harmful. Here, we are going to debunk some of the myths many of us have heard when it comes to getting into shape because we are sure that you are sick of hearing about how you could apparently lose 40 pounds in a month and nothing happens.
MYTH: Laxatives help you lose weight.
FACT: Let’s just clear this one up right now; laxatives are not weight loss supplements. They do not speed up any weight loss process and they never have. They are meant for people who legitimately deal with constipation or if they are using it for a detox (in which case the person would still either be using a small dosage or a very light laxative). Using laxatives to lose weight is not only counterproductive (you are likely to end up reliant on the laxatives and get constipated) this method can even be considered dangerous due to the fact that laxatives flush a lot of water, vitamins and minerals out of your body which can leave you dehydrated and even sick, worst case, your kidneys could fail! Do not use laxatives as weight loss supplements.
MYTH: Grains like pasta and bread are fattening and I need to cut them all out of my diet in order to lose weight.
FACT: Grains are food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley etc. Grains are divided into two subgroups, whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel (the bran, germ, and endosperm) which include food like brown rice or whole wheat pasta. Refined grains have been milled, a process that removes the bran and germ. This is done to improve their shelf life, but it also removes a lot of natural fiber, iron, and many B vitamins.
People who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet may lower their chances of developing some chronic diseases. So enjoy your pasta and toast!
MYTH: Some people can eat whatever they want and still lose weight.
FACT: We wish this were true, we really, really do, but it is not. In order to lose any weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume.
MYTH: If I skip meals I will lose weight.
FACT: Let’s stop this one right in its tracks because this is just simply not true in any way shape or form. Skipping meals not only makes you a lot hungrier, but it will slow your metabolism down a lot. Many studies will actually show correlation between missing breakfast and obesity. It is better to choose small meals with small snacks to have in between made from a variety of healthy foods.
MYTH: I will prevent obesity with diet soda.
FACT: Wrong! Recent studies have shown that the artificial sweeteners found in diet sodas disrupt the ability to regulate calories in the digestive system based on the foods sweetness, which will trick your body into thinking it is consuming sugar which will just make you crave more artificial sugar. Drop the soda and pick up some water.
MYTH: You can eat as much as you want on a low carb diet.
FACT: Hate to break it to you but this is simply not true. This is a very common misconception because low carb diets are still high in fat and protein. While fat and protein are definitely not things you should completely cut out of your diet, they can still cause weight gain if you are not careful.
These are just a couple of myths I have dug up and debunked here so that you can get any unrealistic expectations out of your mind that can leave you not only disappointed but in a state of disrepair. It is important to love your body, but it is also important to take control of your health as best as you can.