When summer or that class reunion comes around, everyone wants to lose those extra pounds in order to look good in that strappy outfit or bikini. Unfortunately, natural weight loss is not an easy task. There are so many myths around losing weight that lead to diet fads that don’t actually help you lose weight at all.
Let’s take a look at four very popular diet fads and myths that really don’t help in the cause of natural weight loss and which can actually make you gain weight. Let’s also take a look at what really works in the weight loss process.
Weight Loss Myth #1: In order to lose the weight, you have to seriously cut out all calories in your diet plan. The real truth is that this just leaves you with terrible cravings and lowers your metabolic rate so that it is actually hard to lose the weight. You can’t maintain a diet like this and will end up cheating on the diet, resulting in gains in weight that make up for whatever you lost.
Weight Loss Myth #2: You will be able to raise your metabolism if you choose to eat several small meals in a given day. It will raise your metabolism and you will lose weight faster. The truth is that natural weight loss comes from lowering somewhat the caloric content of every day but if you eat 2500 calories in a single meal in one day or spread it out throughout the day, you are still eating too many calories and you will not lose weight. The way you really burn fat is through changing your body composition. If you have a body that has a lot of lean muscle, you will sustain natural weight loss faster than if you have a lot of fat on your body. In other words, you need to work out every day in order to raise your metabolism and change the composition of your body to include excess muscle mass, which burns fat faster.
Weight Loss Myth #3: Fat is bad for you so that you should stick to a fat-free diet. This is a gross overstatement. While fat free foods are still popular at the grocery store, you need to realize that there is such a thing as good fat and your body cannot survive without healthy fat. You need to have a diet high in naturally fat free foods like fruits or vegetables but also consider including in your diet a balance of the fats found in fish and nuts. Avoid trans fats, which are solid at room temperature and make your food-eating focus more on eating healthy rather than on cutting out fat.