The Most Common Myths In Loss Weight That The Beginners Diet Need To Know Right NOW!!
Did you know that obesity is the second-most leading cause of preventable death in the United States? According to the CDC, more than 70 million adult Americans are obese and these are statistics based on self-reporting, which means the figure could be much higher.
There are also more than 9 million obese children, most of whom are certain to develop a wide range of diseases directly linked to an unhealthy lifestyle, including diabetes and cardiovascular problems, which can be fatal.
The worst part is that many people are not aware of the level of risk they are exposing themselves, or their children, too. They have no idea that obesity is the cause of the development of a wide range of diseases, mainly due to the additional stress placed on the body by the extra weight it was never designed to carry. Type II Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis are just a few of the illnesses people develop because of obesity.
The sad truth is that losing weight isn’t about “looking good”, it’s about avoiding becoming a statistic of death that could have been prevented. It’s about learning to adopt a healthy lifestyle that can extend your lifespan.
Do you really want to develop so many diseases that you can’t live without taking dozens of pills every day? Do you really want to be unable to move in your old age? Do you want to die before your time? Do you want your children to suffer all their lives because you thought you were doing the right thing by giving them everything they want?
Since you’re here reading this article, the answer to those questions would have to be: probably not! So, if you’re ready to get your life under control and enjoy the pleasures of having a fit and healthy body, let’s get started by dispelling some of the most common myths about weight loss.
It’s Your Fault or You’re Fat Because You’re Lazy
“People are overweight because they are lazy,” is a common misconception and one we need to set right before we say another word. People gain weight for many reasons, but being lazy isn’t one of them. In fact, there are many overweight people who are just as active, if not more so, than their slimmer peers.
Your Genetics Could Be Hurting You
There has been some research done that seems to point in the direction of a gene which makes certain people more susceptible to weight gain than others. You know that friend you envy who is as thin as a rake yet eats like a linebacker? Well, she doesn’t have that particular gene. While research is still in the early stages, there is some hope that a proper treatment can be developed to combat obesity.
However, don’t shrug your shoulders and give up thinking that, since it’s a genetic problem, you can’t do anything about it.
There’s plenty you can do to get your weight under control and within a healthy range, and you don’t have to give up food or go through SEALS training to do it, either.
Stress Is a Major Culprit
Many people also gain weight due to emotional issues and stress. You know what it’s like – you have so many problems to deal with and the last thing you have time for is to think about yourself. You don’t really look at what you’re eating and you wake up one day and realize you can’t fit into your clothes.
That’s when it hits you. You’re overweight and you can’t understand how you got to this point. You try to do something about it but eventually slip back into your old habits and then depression kicks in because you can’t seem to deal with something that is seemingly so simple.
You turn to food for comfort and ignore the problem until you get angry with yourself and try to lose weight again. You try every fad diet on the market and you lose some weight but the second the diet is over, you pack it back on and then some. So, eventually, you give up and the whole cycle begins again.
You Need to Starve to Lose Weight or the Fad Diet Myth
Most people think that they need to go on a draconian diet and should skip breakfast, eat two lettuce leaves for lunch and a microscopic morsel of chicken, accompanied by a tomato slice for dinner to lose weight. Of course, the media and fad diets haven’t helped dispel this misconception and neither has humanity’s need for instant gratification.
Yes, we all suffer from that little child within that is stamping his or her foot, demanding that you deliver the goods right now, whether it’s a new dress, a new TV or losing the weight. The problem is that these draconian diets do more harm than good. You see, the human body is amazing in its ability to adapt. This means that the less you feed it, the more it adapts to function efficiently on less food.
So, the less you eat, the less your body needs, which means that you aren’t really creating a caloric deficiency and, eventually, you stop losing weight. Then, you try eating even less, and the body adapts again. It gets to the point where you simply can’t live on so little food because the way your body adapts is to shut down various systems it considers as “extras”, which is generally anything that isn’t involved in keeping your heart pumping and your lungs pumping oxygen.
You then give up but, to your horror, find that even an extra morsel leads to weight gain. This is because your metabolic rate has altered to let your body survive on less food. Your metabolism has slowed down.
Biologically, our bodies have not evolved from the days when food was scarce and haven’t kept up with today’s society, where food is readily available. Therefore, such draconian diets kick start your body’s “fight or flight” reaction to famine, which means that as soon as it believes food is readily available, it will pack on the fat to ensure your survival during the next famine.
So, if you really want to enjoy permanent weight loss then you and your inner child are going to have a good talk. Don’t try to shout him or her into submission, try a little negotiation instead. After all, what good is instant gratification if it lasts three days after suffering for weeks.
You Need to Move into the Gym to Lose Weight
While exercise is important for weight loss and achieving a healthy, toned body, any nutritional and fitness expert will tell you that the 80/20 rule applies to losing weight permanently. In other words, weight loss is about 80% diet and 20% exercise. Additionally, due to our society’s sedentary lifestyle, even tiny amounts of exercise can have an impressive effect.
Most of us don’t even go to the corner store to buy a loaf of bread without getting into the car to do it. This is why, at least at first, you will see impressive results just by walking a little more and taking a flight of stairs instead of the elevator.
Of course, these small changes won’t help you turn your body into a “lean, mean, fighting machine” but it will certainly help move your weight loss along at a faster pace. You’ll also be helping to improve your respiratory rate, meaning your lungs will start to fill with more oxygen and your heart rate will increase a bit to get that oxygen around your body more efficiently.
This is the point where most people give up their exercise goals. They start to feel warm, sweaty and a little out of breath, so they stop. Yet if you do a little more each day, your respiratory rate will increase and you’ll find it’s suddenly much easier to keep going.
However, you will get to a point where you enjoy exercise simply because it gives you more energy. In fact, people who used to hate exercise now can’t live without it because it’s a time when they can forget all their problems and all the demands other people place on them and simply focus on themselves.
With the speed of life today, most people have very little time for themselves, when they can recharge, which is why exercise is great for your body as well as your mind. You can take a little time each day to focus on yourself, recharge your batteries and regain the strength to handle the stress of daily life.
- You Need Diet Pills to Lose Weight
If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, no doubt you would have tried at least one diet supplement, diet pill, meal-replacement shake or other ‘miracle’ weight loss cure advertised by a skinny model.
The multi-billion dollar a year pharmaceutical industry knows that people want to lose weight quickly and easily. They might have tried all the latest diets and exercise machines on the market and nothing’s every worked for them. And so the pharmaceutical industry advertise nutrients, supplements and miracle cures that promise you’ll lose that weight faster than ever before.
Here’s the big secret they don’t tell you. Read the back of the packaging. On the box you should see some fine print somewhere that says: “Effective only when used in conjunction with exercise and a calorie-controlled diet”.
This should be a big red warning sign to you that the supplement you’re paying out good money for doesn’t work. It’s just logical that if you exercise and watch what you eat, you’ll start to lose weight, even without that particular pharmaceutical product. It’s not a miracle fat burning pill and it’s not going to make those fat deposits melt away like magic. The exercise and healthy food choices will do that for you.
In fact, the only thing that gets lighter on those expensive diet products is your wallet, not the bathroom scales.
- Diets Work
The biggest lie that perpetuated by the weight loss industry is that diets work. The concept of a diet has come to mean a short-term, starvation-style eating regimen that is supposed to get you to lose weight. Unfortunately, the human body doesn’t work like that and diets only work for the short-term, if they work at all.
What most people forget is that the word ‘diet’ doesn’t even refer to weight loss. It refers to the food you eat. You have the choice of eating an unhealthy diet or a healthy diet. You can be on a weight-loss diet or a muscle-building diet.
The only way to achieve lasting weight loss is to change your lifestyle and choose to live with a healthy diet filled with healthy food choices and options. The only way to change your lifestyle for the long term is to find an approach that you can stick to for the long term.
For example, rather than trying to be perfect for a month and then giving up because you can’t go the distance, you’ll achieve much better results by taking a “cheat” day once a week or once a fortnight, which will make it easier to stick to your new, healthier eating regimen for the long term.
Yes, this approach might mean that you lose a little less weight every week, but ask yourself this: is it better to lose 3 lbs a week for a month and then give up or is it better to lose 1.5 lbs per week for 6 months or more? The decision is yours, 12 lbs in a month – which you will inevitably put back on – or 36 lbs in 6 months – which you will keep off for the long term.
Let’s Get On With It…
Now that we’ve set the record straight in terms of some of the biggest lies connected to obesity and weight loss, you’re probably eager to get on with it. So, let’s get the show on the road!
What are you waiting for?