Weight Loss Myths Busted

Trying to lose some extra pounds? Know about these myths about weight loss that many people believe and the fact behind them.

  • Going to the gym can “burn off” any meal

Many people who exercise regularly believe that they can eat whatever they want. However, that’s far from the truth. Eating a diet rich in lean proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats is equally important as exercising.

  • All carbs are the enemy

Contrary to popular belief, not all carbs are bad for you. In fact, you need carbohydrates for energy and health. However, not all carbs are created equal. Refined carbs like white bread, pasta, crackers, and cookies can be harmful to your body. Whole grains have more fiber than refined carbs and are metabolized more slowly, and don’t cause big insulin surges.

  • Fat makes you fat

Fat is an essential nutrient that our bodies need and can’t make on their own. Fat provides energy, promotes cell growth, insulates the body, provides cushioning, and protects organs. Eating fat also aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Several studies have revealed that the intake of heart-healthy fats may prevent weight gain in non-obese individuals.

  • Skipping breakfast helps in weight loss

Some people believe that eating breakfast is only for bodybuilders or athletes. However, eating breakfast has many health benefits. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than those who do not. People who eat breakfast also tend to eat fewer calories throughout the day. Studies have also shown that people who eat breakfast have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight.

  • Eating after 6 pm will make you fat

A lot of people believe that eating after 6 pm will make you fat. However, there is no evidence that this actually happens. In fact, it is the type and quantity of food that you eat that matters more and not the time. 

  • You can lose weight by dieting alone

Many people believe that they can lose weight only by dieting. But this is not true as you need to exercise as well to maintain your weight loss. Dieting does contribute to weight loss, but exercising is equally important. Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes to one hour a day, five times a week. 

  • Cheat days are good for weight loss

The truth is, cheat days aren’t going to help you lose any weight. If you are eating a lot of junk food on your cheat day, you are likely consuming more calories than you are burning off. A cheat day once per week is perfectly acceptable, but it’s important to make sure you still follow an overall health regimen the majority of the time.

  • Pills and supplements will help with weight loss

Weight loss pills and supplements claim to help you lose extra pounds, but they can’t replace a healthy diet and regular exercise. That’s not to mention that most of the pills and supplements themselves aren’t regulated by the FDA. That means they can contain harmful and unwanted ingredients.

Please reach out to our practice in Wyandotte, MI, to have a consultation with our doctor, Dr. Abrahamson. Please call us at (734) 287-3000 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.

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