Society, the media and the internet have said so much about weight loss, that it may be difficult to determine what is true… Most of the information delivered is unproven, while some is just plain false.
That being said, don’t fall for the lies and misconceptions; you may be sabotaging your weight loss goals instead of enhancing them.
Many of us believe if an individual is obese it’s usually because they overeat, under exercise and lack willpower. This is not always true. Obesity can be due to a person’s genetics. According to research, “obesity risk is two to eight times higher for a person with a family history as opposed to a person with no family history of obesity.”
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You want to eat healthy but you think that you can’t because you have always been under the impression that healthy foods cost too much money. This is not necessarily true. You can consume dairy, whole grains, fruit, veggies and protein at low cost. For instance purchase a yogurt cup for dairy, a box of brown rice for whole grains, a package of grapes for fruit, broccoli for your veggie and a can of nuts for protein (greatist).
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There is so much news about fat and how bad it is for weight loss… It’s no wonder you try and avoid it. However, many of these low fat and reduced fat foods actually contain chemicals that may be harmful to you. Think about it… how do you think manufactures make up for the taste? They add artificial sweetener, salt and flower just to name a few.
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The reality is a person’s weight is not a good way to determine their overall health. Healthy weight varies according to each individual. According to TIME, “in a new study by U.S. and European researchers, published in the European Heart Journal, overweight and obese people were found to be at no greater risk of developing or dying from heart disease or cancer, compared with normal weight people, as long as they were metabolically fit despite their excess weight.”
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It has been shown that skipping meals may help you lose short term weight but you will eventually gain it back, and maybe more. Skipping meals may result in poor performance and fatigued brain. (See: Things That Happen to Your Body When You Skip a Meal)
It has been a long running myth that women who lift weights will become bulky. Unless you are training intensely for a body building competition, taking supplements and diet cutting, it is almost impossible for you to become as muscular as men. Weight training will help decrease aging, improve balance, increase fat loss and burn calories.