Ten weight loss myths that you should be aware of
This entry was posted on 03/05/2017.
If you search the web, you’ll find thousands of tips and advice to help you lose weight - but much of what you read and hear, isn’t always true.
And if you’re working hard at your gym or sports club to build your ‘summer body’, you want to be sure that you are in possession of the facts.
But which weight loss myths should you be aware of? Here are some of the myths that we’ve heard at Marsden, that you need to know.
- You can only lose weight by having a radical exercise routine
According to the NHS, “successful weight loss involves making small changes that you can stick to for a long time.” To lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. You can burn more calories through increasing exercise, and reduce the calories you eat by tracking their amounts beforehand - such as by using the S-100 Smart Diet Scale.
- Healthier food is more expensive than unhealthy foods
This isn’t necessarily the case, if you are smart with your shopping. Cheaper-yet-healthier alternatives can always be found if you consider your options.
- By eating carbohydrates, you will put on weight
If carbohydrates are eaten in moderation and as part of a balanced diet, weight gain will not automatically occur. Carbohydrates feature on our calorie intake poster which recommends the food you should eat - and it can be downloaded here.
- Starving yourself is best for your body
By opting for a ‘crash diet’, you may end up harming your body as you may miss out on essential nutrients. In turn, if your body is low on energy, you may begin to crave high-fat and high-sugar foods. Our body still needs a certain amount of fats to be healthy. See our body make-up poster here.
- Food labelled as ‘low fat’ is always a healthy choice
Legally, food which is labelled ‘low fat’ does not have to contain a specific amount of fat. Yes, it should contain less than the low fat version, but you should check the label for the facts and figures.
- Cutting out snacks and meals will help you to lose weight
Cutting out snacks and meals will reduce access to essential nutrients and can also lead to tiredness and other side effects.
- Drinking water helps you to lose weight
Water is essential for hydration, health and well-being - but it does not help you to lose weight.
- Some people can eat what they want and still lose weight
To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat and drink, so even if some people appear to be losing weight without any effort - this is still what they are doing.
- Fast foods are always bad for you
Nowadays, fast food menus include options which are high in nutrients, low in calories and are available in small portions. It is up to you therefore, to chose the healthier option.
- Lifting weights will help with weight loss
When lifting weights, your muscle mass can increase and the knock-on effect of this is an increase in total body weight. It stresses the importance of being conscious of all areas of body composition to provide a full picture of your body health. Find out more in the body composition white paper here.
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To find out more about any of the weighing scales you can use to track your weight loss progress, you can call us on 01709 364296 or contact us here.