Breaking 5 Myths about Weight Loss


The year 2020 is about to start in less than three months now. And, what’s the most popular new year resolution people make each year?

You’ve guessed it right. 

To Lose Weight!

Here’s a fun fact: A whopping 71% of people in the US wished to diet or eat healthier in 2019 while 54% of them planned to lose weight. 

So we all know how eager people are to shed those extra pounds every year. But, the path to weight loss isn’t that easy. You’ll come across lots of bumps and myths that may impede your progress.

Worry not! In this blog, I’ll debunk the five most common myths about shedding weight so that your weighing scale starts budging soon.

Let’s get started.

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Debunking Myths About Weight Loss

Myth 1: Zero carbs is the only way to lose weight 

Nope, not true at all. You need to consume a certain portion of carbs every day in order to have a healthy, well-balanced diet.

According to the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine, the recommended portion of carbs for adults is around 45 to 65% of their calorie intake.

Also, it ‘s recommended to eat no less than 130 grams of carbs daily. If you’re actively involved in sports or physical labor, you need more carbs to substitute muscle glycogen lost during strenuous physical activities.

Remember, fiber is a ‘good’ carb and if you skip carbs completely, your fiber consumption will nosedive.

Myth 2: The hungrier you are, the slimmer you’ll get

Skipping meals is a big no-no if you want to lose weight the healthy way.

Why? Because:

  • The more you stay hungry, the more you’ll gobble down the next time you get hold of food.
  • Your body will hit the plateau sooner and enter into starvation mode.
  • You’ll end up feeling miserable all day long as an empty stomach will make you irritable, moody, and lethargic.
  • You may also get sick due to weakness.

Remember, starvation tends to make you weak and not slim!

Myth 3: No matter what you eat, just count the calories

They say, ‘you are what you eat‘. And, I think they’re 100% right.

What you eat absolutely matters. Counting calories seems to be an effective way of losing weight. But, it shifts the focus from quality to quantity.

Consuming calories less than the recommended value can be risky. Take the example of Beyonce Knowles’ weight loss plan.

Her Master Cleanse diet for her role of Deena in Dream Girls was a 10-day juice diet that many nutritionists considered “unsafe” due to its exceptionally low-calorie consumption.

While Beyonce was successful in dropping off twenty pounds within three weeks with this diet, she confessed feeling irritable during the dieting period and speedily gaining the weight again once her shooting was over.

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Myth 4: Avoid fat to shed pounds

This is the most common myth so far. But, did you know that the more you avoid fat, the more you gain weight?

According to the modern research, foods that contain ‘healthy’ fat do not make you overweight. In fact, they can essentially accelerate your metabolism rate and help you get leaner.

If you eliminate fats from your daily diet, you’re more inclined to substitute those calories with additional carbs. As a result, your metabolism is hijacked. And we all know how carbs pile up the belly fat much faster.

Myth 5: Go Gluten-free to trim down your waist

Research suggests that gluten-free diets generally have lower fiber content. Consequently, you feel less fulfilled and tend to overeat.

Gluten-free foods are medically essential for individuals suffering from a celiac ailment and the use of whole, unprocessed food can result in weight loss.

Nonetheless, going gluten-free shouldn’t be used as a weight-loss plan.

Key Takeaway

These are just 5 myths regarding weight loss that can slow down your journey to a healthier body. With each passing day, more and more fad diets and misconceptions are being addressed by the nutritionists.

So, it’s suggested to get in touch with your doctor before you start any diet. Good luck!

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  1. Anonymous says

    Thank you. This will help so many people. ❤

    1. Faiza Zafar
      Faiza Zafar says

      Thanks for reading my column. I’m glad you liked it 🙂


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