There is no magic formula to lose weight; however, creators of fad diets, health gurus, and even people who are eager to earn money in the diet industry, are all very convincing with their reasoning and sales pictures about why you should buy into their diets and good-health rules. There are many weight loss and diet myths circulating because of these people, and some of these myths can seriously harm your health if you buy into them for too long.
You Need To Eliminate Certain Foods From Your Diet
Some people will have you believe that high-protein diets or low-carbohydrate diets are the only diets that will work. Limiting a certain food is not a healthy approach to weight loss. There is a simple formula for losing weight in a healthy manner; you have to intake fewer calories than you burn off and you have to get a wide variety of essential nutrients into your body. It doesn’t matter if you eat high-fat, high-protein, or high-carbohydrate foods. What matters is how much of them you eat, how many calories you are putting into your body, and how many nutrients they offer you.
Our bodies need a variety of foods to get the nutrients we need to stay healthy. For instance, the brain needs carbohydrates for energy. Protein is essential to the body as it has a part in almost every single process and function. Even healthy fats are important to the wellness of the body. For example, you can only get omega-3 from food as your body does not make it, and omega-3 plays a huge role in your health.
In the end, you cannot eliminate one food and expect to experience overall health, and you can still lose weight by incorporating all foods in your diet.
Diet Pills Alone Will Help You Lose Weight And Stay Healthy
Diet pill claims convince many people that they are the answer to quicker weight loss with less effort. Many diet pills claim that they can help you lose weight even if you change nothing else about your diet or fitness level. Even though this would be nice, it is not true. In order to lose weight with any diet pill you have to change your lifestyle.
For instance, right now, there is a rise in natural-ingredient-based diet pills, thanks to people like Dr. Oz promoting certain natural foods which can help the body’s natural processes. However, professionals like Dr. Oz do not say claim these ingredients work on their own to help you lose weight; they are simply promoting something that can help encourage results as you change your lifestyle habits.
Other diet pills, that help to prevent a certain percentage of fat from being digested, can potentially help you to lose weight without much change, but the results will be very small, and you will gain the weight back when you discontinue the pills because they do not prevent fat digestion forever.
In addition, these pills can cause loose bowel movements, and have even been known to cause uncontrollable bowel movements. This is due to the increased fat being delivered straight to the bowels (instead of digested) and can become a real issue personally, as well as cause you to lose essential fat-binding nutrients that you need for health.
No matter what the ingredient in the diet pill is, and what it is supposed to do to your body, you still have to make lifestyle changes in order to see results and experience good health, and you can do that just as well without the risk of side effects of many diet pills.
The Diet Industry Wants Us To Lose Weight
On TV and in ads we see people encouraging us to lose weight through their diet, but the sad truth is that a large portion of the diet industry does not want us to lose weight. If we did lose the weight, then where would that leave them? As long as we consistently hold on to a few extra pounds, we are consistently going to feed money into their pockets for guides, tools, and specialized foods.
Many diets leave out the real reasons we are gaining weight, and encourage us to do many wrong things. For instance, a low-fat diet is the most recommended diet by the government and many current diets on the market. However, a study done by Harvard Medical School showed that between a low-glycemic index diet, a low-carbohydrate diet, and a low-fat diet, the low-fat diet was the worst for losing weight. It slowed metabolism in participants and increased their hunger. In addition, the low-carb diet (which is also often recommended) increased participant’s stress and inflammation level, which made keeping the weight off almost impossible.
Your Ideal Weight Is Your Healthiest Weight
Many people obsess about a number on the scale because they are told that it is the healthiest weight for them, and that obsession leads many people to try to surpass that number, for even better health. However, this perfect number can be argued as not so perfect by some very healthy people, such as body builders, who have a very low body fat percentage but weigh ‘too much’ and turn out to be ‘very obese’ on the BMI scale. It is obvious that an ideal number is not ‘ideal’ for good health.
In reality, research is consistently finding inconsistencies with the notion that we have to be an ideal weight in order to be healthy. For instance, a study led by Katherine Flegel published in The Journal of the American Medical Association this January, concluded that a higher BMI may cause you to be less likely to die as you get older. Of course, this doesn’t mean that having a ton of extra weight on your body is good for you, but it does mean that there is no ideal number that you need to be reaching for if you want to experience good health.
The truth is that obsessing over a number is doing you more harm than good. Stress is now known to be very bad for health, and the constant stress and worrying that dieting can cause may be causing both mental and physical issues in your body that are of greater concern that those few extra pounds you are trying to lose.
These are just three common weight loss and diet myths that are circulating. There are many more out there. It is important to research ‘facts’ that you hear, even if they are from a health expert, because in the end you may not be doing your body any favors by buying into their tips and advice.