Weight Management: Debunking the Myths

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Weight management is a huge concern for many individuals, so it’s no surprise why there are so many weight loss and nutrition programs on the market. The problem with these programs and “treatments”, however, is that many of them are either unhealthy or don’t work at all. Before you make the next big step to slimming down for good, check out the following weight loss myths and the strategies that don’t work.

Myth #1: You have to cut carbs or fat to lose weight

There are plenty of weight loss programs that revolve around the idea that cutting carbs or fat is the best way to lose weight.  However, those gimmicky diet plans are distorting the facts. You don’t have to cut carbs or fat out of your diet to lose weight, you simply have to burn more calories than you consume—regardless of what percentage of carbs, protein or fats you eat. If you want to cut back on carbohydrates, try avoiding refined carbs such as soda and foods made with white flour. Healthier carbs include grains, fruits and vegetables.

Myth #2: When you overeat, it’s because you’re hungry

In actuality, people tend to overeat for emotional reasons, not because they are hungry. One of the biggest emotional triggers is stress, because we tend to eat fatty, pleasurable foods when we feel any sort of anxiety. Grief, hormonal changes and uneasiness are also big emotional triggers for overeating. In order to thwart these cravings, stay busy by participating that make eating difficult. Sports, arts and crafts, etc. are great ways to avoid eating heaping amounts of unhealthy foods.

Myth #3: Eating at night causes weight gain

While metabolism may be slightly higher in the morning, the impact of eating calories in the a.m will likely have the same effect on your weight as it would at night.  A calorie is a calorie no matter what time you eat it. The important thing is to not consume more calories than you burn and avoid gorging.

Myth #4: Low-fat foods are a healthy choice

Oddly enough, low-fat foods have nearly as many calories as the “higher-fat” version because sugar is frequently used to replace the fat so the product still tastes good. These low-fat alternatives may also contain unhealthy saturated or trans fats, which could increase the risk of getting heart disease. Not to mention, people tend to eat larger portions of low-fat foods because they underestimate the calorie intake and feel less guilty because its “fat free”. This overconsumption leads to weight gain.

Myth 5: Keeping the weight off is the easy part

Sadly, the truth is that you still have to remain diligent once you lose the weight if you want to keep it off. Those who think that less effort is required once they reach their goal weight usually end up gaining a lot of it back. That is why quick fix programs hardly ever work in the long run. It’s important to stay motivated after you dropped those pounds and maintain a disciplined diet and exercise plan.

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