Of course, there is plenty of advice available from your friends, family, and the internet. This can actually make it difficult to know what is the right way to lose weight and whether there is any science behind weight loss techniques.
You may be surprised to learn that there is a science to weight loss. Unfortunately, research into the human body is an ongoing subject, and science can always change.
In fact, this is partly why there are so many myths about weight loss.
Fortunately, there are two things you can do today to start losing weight effectively:
- Join us at the FF30X to find out the latest and most accurate information about weight loss and muscle building. You’ll also meet hundreds of men who faced the same issues as you and have lost the excess pounds.
- Read this guide regarding the myths about weight loss to ensure you don’t fall foul of the most common mistakes.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the most common myths about weight loss and how to deal with them.
Myth #1: You Have to Count Calories to Lose Weight
The average man needs to consume 2,400 calories per day in order to function. In theory, if you consume less than this, you’ll lose weight. The logic is pretty simple. Calories represent energy, and if you don’t give your body enough, your body will use the reserves.
Unfortunately, not all calories are created equal. For example, a chicken breast could have 200 calories and give you protein and a little fat. You’ll feel fuller, and your metabolism will work faster. In short, its good food.
Or you could have a can of soda, which is also 200 calories. But the soda is mainly sugar. Your blood sugar level will spike causing a release of insulin. This stores the excess sugar as fat, increasing your weight!
The key to successful weight loss is not counting every calorie you consume. It’s focusing on eating the right foods to get your calories and nutrient intake right.
Myth #2: Radical Exercise is the Most Effective Approach
This is one of the most popular myths about weight loss. Exercise really hard, and you’ll lose weight.
Again the theory seems good. Exercising burns calories, making your body burn fat to keep going and lowering your body fat percentage.
It is also true that one pound of muscle burns 6 calories per day while a pound of fat burns just 2 calories.
While it's important that everyone does some sort of physical activity on a regular basis, you don't have to work out to lose weight. Controlling your diet is far more important.
Radical exercise is not necessary. Eat healthily and vary your exercise routines to get the best results.
Myth #3: You Have to Diet to Lose Weight
Open a magazine or look on the web, and one celebrity or another is promoting the latest fad diet. If you start it, you will lose weight and look as fantastic as them. You don’t even need the make-up artists and fitness trainers!
The simple fact is that dieting may give you a short-term result, but it is not sustainable in the long term.
Look at it this way. You can eat tuna three times a day for two weeks to drop 6 pounds. But could you really see yourself eating just tuna for the rest of your life?
Dieting doesn’t mean weight loss; eating healthily does.
Myth #4: Healthy Foods Cost More
I know what you’re thinking. A very common myth is that healthy food costs more.
While it's certainly true that many healthy foods carry a heavy price tag, there are tons of inexpensive options.
Anything not processed can be considered healthy. Eggs, vegetables, and most whole foods are all good for you.
Myth #5: Carbohydrates Make You Fat
Another of the most common myths about weight loss states that carbohydrates will only make you fat.
The logic is simple carbohydrates are easily stored as fat cells if you don’t need them straight away.
However, the facts are slightly different. There are two main types of carbohydrates: simple and complex.
Simple carbs will give you a quick energy boost and will spark a rise in insulin, possibly resulting in increased fat storage.
Complex carbs take much longer to digest. There is no spike in insulin levels and no addition to your fat levels.
Carbs are an essential part of your diet. Just choose the right ones and keep them in moderation.
Myth #6: Snacking Is Bad
This is one of those myths about weight loss that seems irrefutable. If you snack, you boost your calorie intake and add fat onto your body.
If only it were that simple!
Of course, if you spend all day snacking on chocolate bars, it's bad. But if you eat a healthy snack to maintain your energy levels, give you a boost before exercise, or as a supplement to a smaller meal, then it cannot be considered a bad thing.
The key is in the type of snack you consume and how you use your snacking.
Myth #7: Eating Fat Makes You Fat
This is perhaps the most common of all the myths about weight loss.
Because people are trying to lose fat, it seems rational to say that eating fat will make you fatter.
But fat in moderation is not just good for you, it should be an essential part of your eating habits. Without it, your body is not getting all the nutrients it needs.
Healthy fats help boost your metabolism and ensure your body is functioning properly, helping you to lose weight!
If you focus on no fat or low-fat foods, you’ll find you are consuming a lot more sugar, which will certainly encourage you to gain weight. Then you’re likely to start craving sugar and be on the slippery slope to weight gain.
Healthy fats can be found in avocados, salmon, extra virgin olive oil, and walnuts.
Avoid the Cynicism
It doesn’t matter how many myths about weight loss you hear. The important thing is to recognize that they are myths.
Successful weight loss is simply eating a healthy balanced diet. To improve your results, toss in a little exercise and join the FF30X to get the support, advice, and knowledge necessary. A long-term commitment to eating better and exercising more will ensure you can successfully lose weight.
You don’t need a miracle pill or a magic myth. You just need the FF30X and the right mental attitude.
Your new friend & health coach,
Head Training Staff, The Fit Father Project
Brotherhood Nickname: “The Fit Brit”
Bragging Rights: 16 Years in the fitness industry, Author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide', Father of 4 boys and Husband to a Venezuelan beauty.
*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on the most common myths about weight loss.