Working out the best way to lose weight can be confusing. There is a lot of information out there which is just plain wrong. Many websites contain inaccurate information and many self-perpetuating myths on weight loss for women.
There are some weight loss myths that hide important facts that you need to know in order to lose weight and keep it off. Here we try to demystify some of the most common weight loss myths that prevent women from achieving the weight they want.
Myth 1: Reduce fat consumption and lose weight fast
You need to consider which kinds of fats you eat as there are good and bad dietary fats. If you eat a lot of fat in your diet, cutting down on fat will help you cut out calories but fat is not the only thing to consider. Proteins and carbohydrates can contain a lot of calories too. As long as your intake of calories is higher than what your body burns, you will gain weight. Women who want to lose weight should not just limit their fat intake, but concentrate on limiting their calorific intake as well.
Myth 2: Constant dieting and exercise helps to keep weight off
There is more to life than dieting and exercising to keeping weight off. You need to consider being healthy, both physically and psychologically. Weight gain is often related to emotional wellbeing (living alone, being in a healthy relationship or having a stressful career) and even biological issues. These issues need to be tackled first if you want to become healthy and slim long term. If you have been exercising and eating healthy and you are not losing weight or are gaining weight talk to your doctor.
Myth 3: Low carbohydrate and high protein diet works
You need to differentiate between the types of carbohydrates in foods. Carbohydrates are the primary source of energy for your muscles during exercise and contain nutrients not found in other sources of food. In addition, a high protein diet can easily turn into a high fat diet because fat is found in meat. Fat has nine calories per gram while carbohydrates have four. Cutting out carbohydrates often causes sudden weight loss due to the body losing water weight. Once carbohydrates are introduced back in the diet the water weight returns.
Myth 4: Exercise using cardiovascular work outs to burn fat
It is true that cardio exercises burns a higher proportion of fat than interval training. However, lifting weights and building up muscles through interval training can help you lose weight faster. The harder you work out, the more calories you will burn. Doing interval training will increase your metabolic rate that burns calories and fat whilst you are resting and requires more energy to help the body recover.
Myth 5: Eating late at night is bad for any diet
Eating late at night is more of an indication that you haven’t been eating properly during the day. It is important to start the day with a good breakfast that sets up your body to expect food during the day, kick starting it metabolism. Eating regularly during the day helps stop your body going into starvation mode. Making sure that you don’t feel hungry before going to bed is significant for a good night’s sleep which is essential for losing weight. If you don’t get a good night’s sleep your body will feel hungrier during the day and will compensate by craving sugary, comfort foods.