In today’s world, there is an unlimited source of information for mostly any topic on the Internet. This includes one of the most popular topics out there today: weight loss. All you have to do is search “weight loss” on Google, and you’ll get over 250 million results, meaning a “ton” of information. However, not all of these tips and tricks you’ll find online are true or even helpful. Bad tips not only have the potential to keep you from losing weight, but they can also cause you to gain weight. To avoid this mistake, here are some common weight loss myths to consider.
Myth: If I skip a meal, I’ll lose weight.
Fact: While technically by limiting your calories, you will lose weight, it’s not always as easy as that. Skipping a meal will deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to run efficiently and cause you to feel hungry. This can then cause you to eat more at your next meal, and in fact cause weight gain, instead of weight loss.
Myth: Carbs are bad and will make me fat, so I should stop eating them when trying to lose weight.
Fact: There are two types of carbohydrates, known as simple carbs and complex carbs, and both are essential to providing your body with the fuel it needs. You should never completely limit your carb intake. Instead, you should try to limit your intake of simple carbs, which usually comes in the form of sugar. You should try to maintain or even increase your daily intake of complex carbs, such as starch and fiber, because these will help you to give your body the nutrients and fuel it needs.
Medifast meals on the program already have the correct ratio of proteins to carbs for successful weight loss. So there’s no decisions there. However, the Counselors at Medifast will teach you how to make these selections once the program is completed!
Myth: Some people can eat junk food and still lose weight.
Fact: The simple fact of weight loss is you need to burn more calories than you take in in order to lose weight. While some people can get away with eating unhealthy food and still lose weight, this is generally not the rule for the majority. However, these people may not always have this ability, especially once they began to age and their metabolism slows down.
Myth: Fat-free and low-fat are terms that essentially mean the same thing as zero calories.
Fact: This one is completely untrue. While fat-free and low-fat products may contain fewer calories than the full fat products, they still contain calories. Low or fat free are terms that simply mean the amount of fat in the food has been reduced, but not necessarily the sugar content. So it is important to look at the label to see if there is another problem in exchange for the “fat free” claim.
Myth: Eating fast food while on a weight loss program is bad and will cause you to gain weight.
Fact: Fast food is typically unhealthy and does contain a great amount of fat and calories in their products. This is ideally not the type of food you should eat while on a diet. However, fast food restaurants in modern times offer some salads and options that can be allowed.
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