4 Common Weight Loss Myths

Are you tired of hearing all the contradicting weight loss advice out there? From “no carbs ever” to “just cut 500 calories a day,” it seems like everyone has an opinion on how you should shed those extra pounds. Well, we’re here to set the record straight and debunk some of the biggest myths we hear about weight loss. We’ll help you distinguish between what works and what doesn’t with our list of the 6 most common myths!

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Myth 1: Losing Weight Improves Your Health

While there can be health dangers associated with weight, it is vital to remember that weight loss in NOT the same thing as fat loss. Whether your goal is to lose 5 or 50 lbs, you will want to ensure what you lose is excess adipose tissue (a fancy way of saying you want to lose body fat). This kind of fat is linked with health risks, such as increased blood cholesterol levels and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, so although weight may be decreasing, our health can still suffer if fat loss is not occurring too.

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Myth 2: All Calories Are the Same

When it comes to calories, not all are created equal! Different types of food contain different amounts of energy which can have vastly different effects on your body. For instance, if you switch out certain carbs and fat with protein-rich foods, this could help boost metabolism while reducing hunger cravings – the perfect combination for successful weight regulation! Similarly, whole foods such as fruit and veggies tend be more filling than sugary treats like candy. So stock up those fridge shelves full of healthy options and make sure that each calorie counts!

Myth 3: Carbs are Bad for Weight Loss

First off, there is no such thing as “good” or “bad” food- just food that supports your goals at that moment in time, and food that doesn’t. Don’t be fooled: carbs aren’t necessarily bad for you. In fact, whole foods like legumes and vegetables are packed full of healthy vitamins and minerals essential to our diets. It’s only processed carbs such as refined grains and added sugars that may lead to blowing your caloric deficit when not consumed in moderation based on your goals. While on the topic, lipids (or the macronutrient more commonly called fats), are also not to be blamed. Fats are vital to healthy brain function amongst other important bodily processes. It’s just all about balance and eating the proper amounts based on your goals!

Myth 4: Diet Foods are Great Healthy Alternatives

It’s hard to know what foods are really good for you. After all, a lot of the products out there seem like they should be part of your diet – low-fat, fat-free, and gluten-free options abound! But don’t be fooled: these labels can often deceive us; food marketers will try anything to make their headline-grabbing junk food sound healthy. The next time you’re at the store perusing processed items with health claims on them, take a moment to check the ingredient label and nutrition facts to decide for yourself!

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Getting fit doesn’t have to be as complicated as we often make it out to be. Next time you’re feeling discouraged about your fat loss journey, remember these four myths and let go of the stress and confusion that comes with them. Whether you are looking to lose fat, change your body composition, or simply improve your health, knowledge is the first step in growing towards your goals, and consistency after that! And if you need a little extra guidance, the team at Stark is always here to help.